Since semi-retiring as a GP last year I have at last found the time to write about my life long hobby and passion. I have published four fly-fishing articles in well known fishing magazines this year and then compiled this book of my wider fly fishing adventures thus far. This is now completed and ready to purchase. I titled it ‘Fly fishing the World on a Shoestring’ which is has been the nature of most of my trips.
I have fly fished for over fifty years, since catching my first trout at the age of six. I am equally interested in designing flies often for some of the more exotic fish where it is hard to source these in the U.K. Atlantic salmon come top of my fish list, but I have discovered so many more interesting species as I have travelled extensively from the Amazon, to Alaska and the Kola Peninsula in Russia. It has been a pleasure and privilege to have my photographs occasionally accepted in periodicals such as Trout and Salmon, Chasing Silver, Spawner and Sedge and Mayfly. One on my favourite Russian photographs was used as the front page of Sportfish/ Farlows catalogue in addition to Topher Browne Salmon Magic and The Field Guide to North American Rivers.
I have produced several videos which are available on YouTube which have received half a million viewings; also I was commissioned to produce a DVD for Newfoundland company, Eureka Outdoors.
‘Fly fishing the world on a shoestring’ is a book consisting of 28 chapters which captures some of my fly fishing experiences that I have experiences around world often at remarkably reasonable cost. I admit that my self crafted excursions have led to some uncomfortable travel, tricky border negotiations, inconvenient visas and bank transfers requiring a significant amount of trust. However, the evidence portrayed in my book demonstrates that my approach to detailed research and word of mouth recommendations have not let me down so far, and that I have managed to fish the finest rivers for a fraction of the cost of an organised trip.
The book weaves together chapters containing fishing anecdotes, learned skills and geopolitical facts to create what I hope is an interesting read.
The sewn-bound book is 260 x 210mm, with 224 pages, with over 300 photographs printed on photographic 150gsm gloss paper. The cover is 300gsm silk. The book has been professionally edited and constructed by Andy Jones from The Creative Partnership Ltd and is currently being printed by short-run press in Exeter, which should be completed by the 1st of December 2020. The book is destined for a selection of fly fishing shops, potentially Waterstones and Paragon books 38 High St, Sidmouth EX10 8EJ. ISBN 978-1-8381589-1-0