The Trout’s Tale: The Fish that Conquered an Empire

Chris Newton

The dashing brown trout is one of our most widespread sporting fish, having colonised half the world in the past century and a half, with a little help from man. In this book Chris Newton explores the reasons for the trout’s extraordinary adaptability and tells the story of the pioneers of acclimatisation and their heroic endeavours to introduce Salmo trutta to the furthest corners of the globe.

Nomads of the Tides
Chris McCully & Ken Whelan

Many years in the making, and accompanied by its own website, this book covers everything you need to know about Irish sea-trout and fishing for them in Ireland. Fifty Irish sea-trout waters are described – estuaries, rivers and loughs – with grid references, historical details, travel, permit and accommodation information. Other chapters include the history of Irish sea-trout fishing, tackle, angling techniques and lures and fly-patterns, while a separate section is devoted to the biology of the sea-trout. Lavishly illustrated with B&W photographs and a 48-page colour section for the fly patterns.

The Salmon Fishers
Iain A. Robertson

Probably more books and articles have been written about the Atlantic salmon than any other fish. There is however, an exception – salmon netting – and, in particular, coastal salmon netting in Scotland, a subject of heated debate amongst anglers for generations. Scottish salmon fisheries have always been regarded as a distinct area within commercial fishing, with their own laws, methods and personnel – and have had more than their fair share of controversies, innovations, parliamentary investigations and legal cases. The Salmon Fishers shows the extent to which these fisheries became a way of life, integral and essential to the well being of communities around the Scottish coasts. The book also deals with the Atlantic salmon as perhaps the pre-eminent example of a common resource, subject to exploitation by competing interests – the real ‘tragedy of the commons’.

Running with the Tide
Simon Smith

Simon Smith grew up in the town of Port Talbot, sandwiched between the hills and the sea of the South Wales coast. He spent all his time playing and lurking in the docklands and lakes near his home, ferreting about in the nearest vacant patch of muck. He was rarely seen by his parents between the hours of dawn and dusk. After his grandfather turned him on to fishing his parents never saw him at all. Exhilarating and refreshing in its originality, this is a book for all fishermen, whether they have fished from the shore or not.

Barbel & Chub Fishing

J. W. Martin, better known as the ‘Trent Otter’ is one of Britain’s best-loved all-round anglers and writers. First published in 1896, this book has become an angling classic, and is extremely difficult to get hold of in its original form. This fine Medlar edition is beautifully case-bound in traditional cloth, with an embossed two-colour cover and spine, along with cloth head and tail bands and coloured endpapers.

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