The latest news from Coch-y-Bonddu Books.
  • Dry River: Flyfishing Tales by Paul Hogan

    Dry River: Flyfishing Tales by Paul Hogan A limited first edition of only 500 signed and numbered copies. Publication date - 31st of July 2015 at the CLA Game Fair

    We are now accepting pre-orders for our new limited edition angling book, Dry River: Flyfishing Tales by Paul Hogan. To be launched at the CLA Game Fair 2015 in an edition of only 500 signed and numbered copies. Click on the link below for full information and to reserve your copy.…

    An engaging series of angling essays by an informed observer who thoroughly appreciates the places in which he has fished. In Dry River,Paul Hogan describes fishing the waters of the places he has lived and worked: flyfishing for trout in the loughs and rivers of Southern Ireland; in the Otago district of New Zealand, and latterly, in southern Spain where he flyfishes for gypsy barbel and carp, and float-tubes for black bass, in the mountainous catchment of the Rio Guadalhorce with its large reservoirs and its seasonally dry tributaries. As a biology teacher, the author has a sharp and informed eye for his surroundings and for those of his quarry. He makes interesting and relevant observations on the fish, the waters, and the varied wildlife which shares the habitat of the lone Andalusian angler. As a keen observer of fish, Hogan's interest extends to painting and this also has its place in the narrative. Several of the author's watercolours of fish illustrate the book alongside three paintings in the same vein by the renowned American artist, James Prosek.


    AN ANGLER'S ARCHIVE by Charles Bingham AN ANGLER'S ARCHIVE by Charles Bingham

    Charles Bingham has just privately published a memoir based on his archive of photographs from a lifetime of fishing in the West Country in an edition of only 300 copies.  Only 200 of these are available for sale - exclusively through Coch-y-Bonddu Books, and have all been signed and numbered by the author. At a bargain price for a limited edition angling book - only £25!

  • An Oological Record of British Raptors. By Tony Ladd.

    An Oological Record of British Raptors
    Including bird familes - eagles, hawks, falcons, harriers and owls
    by Tony Ladd

    Fine new copy. Edition limited to 400 copies. Price £175.00

    A huge and impressive volume illustrated with excellent colour photographs including many full-page, life-size depictions of clutches of birds' eggs.

    "Through thousands of hours research and visits to the great natural history museums of Great Britain [Tony Ladd] has presented the story of the early naturalist collectors in a beautiful and artistic fashion. Early chapters cover the topic of how birds' eggs are formed in the body and there are also detailed descriptions of how the wonderful diversity of eggshell patterns are applied to the surface. Raptors, the first in a series of nine volumes, covers all of the British breeding birds of prey with detailed analysis of the birds' breeding behaviour. There are full page plates for each species showing the variety of egg-patterning and colours found in each species. All eggs are shown as life-size and with Tony's reprographic expertise, the colour reproduction and quality of all the images is outstanding." The foreword is by Errol Fuller. The first in a proposed series of nine volumes.

    LaddChapters include:-
    Oology explained;
    Birds' eggs & the law;
    Collecting mania;
    Fieldwork pioneers;
    The egg laid bare;
    Raptor species - White-tailed eagle; Golden eagle; Common buzzard; Honey buzzard; Osprey; Goshawk; Sparrowhawk; Marsh harrier; Hen harrier; Montagu's harrier; Peregrine falcon; Hobby; Kestrel; Merlin; Tawny owl; Barn owl; Short-eared owl; Long-eared owl; Little owl; Snowy owl.

  • Tuesday 19th May 2015 - another fishy week & the decline of the Game Fair

    At the risk of boring you all, I'm going to add a picture of the fish I caught this morning - it was so beautiful! And a couple of pounds heavier than the previous one!

    Dyfi sea-trout - 9lb 8oz Dyfi sea-trout - 9lb 8oz

    I think I am starting to get the balance right: one hour at the office, one hour on the river, and one hour in the garden. Then lunch - then start again.

    Actually the fish were the winners last week. Luke and I took a day off on Wednesday and had a look at the Talybont lakes. The wind dropped away to a very light easterly and the lakes were almost flat calm. Fish were rising to something invisible on Llyn Penrhaeadr and Conach, and were almost impossible to catch. Luke's single fly approach fooled a handful, but I was completely skunked!

    I've just been looking at my diary for the coming weeks. Unfortunately we will not be having a stand at the Scottish Game Fair this year. Sales continue to fall as costs rise, and the fair organisers, while bemoaning the deterioration of Fisherman's Row, refuse to make any allowances for high quality trade stands, many of whom travel hundreds of miles to be there. So, most of the serious angling trade stands have, like ourselves, reluctantly decided that we can't afford to subsidise them any more. We will be at the CLA Game Fair this year, but it is very likely to be for the last time. Apparently organisations like the Salmon & Trout Association and the National Gamekeepers Association will not be there because of the cost of taking a stand. The short-sighted CLA, in excluding these important countryside organisations, are excluding the very people who made the event a success in the past (many of them my customers!), causing further decline in my business, and hastening their own inevitable demise.

    Incidentally, the first year that I did a number of game fairs was 1991, so this is my 25th year of them. The first Falconry Fair was that year, and we have attended every one since. This year our takings were exactly the same as they were in 1991!

    Later that day...
    I'm not going to keep on adding pictures of fish as I catch them, but I'd better finish the story. I went out for an hour after dinner and caught these two - another nine and a seven.

    Sea-trout - nine and seven pounds. Sea-trout - nine and seven pounds.

  • On the road again

    Paul is currently on the road making his way to Denmark. The van is packed full of just about as many flyfishing and flytying books as it will take but he managed to find enough space to take along his sea trout tackle too!

    Meanwhile, back at the shop, new books are arriving with us every day. Flyfisher's Chronicle by Neil Patterson is selling fast. Our first few copies all have a signed and inscribed bookplate on the front end-paper. We don't have too many of these left now so if you are after a signed copy I would recommend placing your order sooner rather than later! Another excellent book that has just arrived in stock is the long-awaited new paperback edition of Understanding the Bird of Prey by Nick Fox. It is probably the most comprehensive gathering of data on birds of prey ever assembled. The book covers the biology of birds of prey, their captive management, breeding, training and rehabilitation. Essential reading if you are even slightly serious about birds of prey, for any purpose whatsoever.

    While Paul's away Luke and Matthew will continue adding new books to the website everyday. Keep an eye on the Newest Listings section of the website to keep yourself informed of the latest additions of new and second-hand books to our stock.

  • Tuesday 31st March 2015

    I should have been dabbling the duck-fly on Lough Corrib with Dennis Moss this morning. However, storms have put paid to that so I'll forget about Ireland until mayfly time. I might try a few of Rob Smith's spiders on the hill streams over Easter, but more likely I'll be tucked up in the warm in the greenhouse, potting-on tomato plants.
    I have returned to fly-tying after a break of many years, so I will certainly be checking my stocks of shrimp and ragworm patterns ready to tackle the Danish sea-trout next week. I'll be staying on the Baltic coast for several days after the Kolding Fly Festival, so have every chance of catching up with the elusive sea-trout (Any tips on where to go gratefully received!) Then to Holland, where I don't suppose I'll be fishing - just having a beer or two with lots of old friends.
    I will be 
    taking a very nice selection of flyfishing books (& a few lure books) to both shows, but if you want me to bring any particular titles, let me know as soon as possible.


  • The North Country Fly - De luxe edition

    The North Country Fly by Rob Smith - De luxe editionFresh from the binder this week is the beautiful de luxe edition of Robert L. Smith's The North Country Fly.

    The two volume de luxe edition, each finely bound in full dark blue Nigerian goatskin leather. Volume One is the text of The North Country Fly and is signed and numbered by the author. Volume Two contains two panels each containing ten specimens of North Country flies dressed for this edition by the author. This selection of traditional patterns is taken from a wide variety of North Country rivers and streams, and the flies have been tied from the original dressings and utilising authentic North Country hackles and vintage silks. In order to best remain faithful to the profile of the original patterns, the flies have been dressed on straight-eyed, light-wire Daiichi dry-fly hooks. The two leather-bound volumes are housed together in a handsome matching blue slipcase lined with wine-red felt.

    This de luxe edition is limited to only 25 signed and numbered two-volume sets for sale and we now have very few left. Click here or contact us for further details.

    "It is a very special book and, as long as fly-fishing continues to be a pastime in our North Country streams, it will be and remain to be a classic." (Malcolm Greenhalgh).

    "The North Country Fly is gorgeous and fascinating... What a treat." (Paul Schullery).

    The North Country Fly - De luxe edition

  • The North Country Fly launched at the BFFI


    Pat Stevens, Rob Smith and Peter Hayes British Fly Fair International 2015

    Pat Stevens talks to Peter Hayes and Rob Smith at the launch of Rob's book - The North Country Fly: Yorkshire's Soft Hackle Tradition at the BFFI last weekend.
    We had a very enjoyable and successful show - meeting lots of old (and new) friends, and we had a terrific response to the new soft-hackle book.
    We were also joined by Neil Patterson who was signing our copies of his classic book, Chalkstream Chronicle. It was great to meet him after having known of him for many years. Neil has a new book, Flyfisher's Chronicle, coming out next week. Although we didn't receive the books in time for the show, Neil is signing some book-plates so that we can send personalised copies out to our customers next week.

  • Book launch this weekend at the BFFI

    The North Country Fly
    Yorkshire's soft hackle tradition
    by Robert L. Smith

    Standard hardback edition. £25.00
    Two volume de luxe leather-bound edition with flies. Limited to 25 sets only. £795.00

    Due for publication this Saturday at the BFFI. Signed hardback copies will be available for mail order from the start of next week. We have very few of the two volume de luxe edition copies left so please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to reserve a copy.
    The North Country Fly by Robert L. Smith


    I frequently notice that visitors to this site use complicated search phrases, and fail to find what they want. A recent example was someone who tried several different ways of typing A FLY FISHER'S LIFE, without success. It was just too complicated - Is FLY-FISHER hyphenated? Where should the apostrophe be? Forget all that - just use one distinctive word. In this case the author was Charles Ritz. A simple search for the word RITZ would have brought up all of our copies.

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