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"The Pursuit of Stillwater Trout" - first published in 1975 and since reprinted and translated many times - is one of the acknowledged classics of modern angling literature. It had a profound influence on the development of flyfishing on lakes. Its author's advocacy of an approach based on observation and concentration - on floating lines, long leaders and small nymphs appropriately fished - offered anglers a completely thought-out and highly effective alternative to lure-fishing, at a time when lure-fishing looked set to dominate the stillwater scene. In this remarkable work, reprinted in its full original form and introduced by a new foreword, Brian Clarke sets out the step-by-step thought processes which enabled him to increase his catch-rate by several hundred per cent in just a couple of seasons. He provides unique photographs of the most important rise-forms trout make and shows how each kind of rise can be analysed to show what natural the fish has probably taken - and so what artificial might give the best chance of success. He gives the first detailed analysis of variations in the take to the nymph. And much more. But there is not simply information here. Brian Clarke is a writer as well as a fly-fisherman and his descriptions of the capture of some of the key fish in his life have all the excitement of a thriller.
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Brian Clarke has been a fisherman all of his remembered life. He began in the time-honoured way with sticklebacks, as a boy, progressed to gudgeon, dace, chub and the occasional barbel, and then graduated (if that is the word) to trout in the mid-1960s - about the time of the explosion of interest in reservoir and other stillwater fisheries. He was invited to become Fishing Correspondent of The Sunday Times in 1975, after the paper had serialized The Pursuit of Stillwater Trout over seven successive weeks. In 1991 he was additionally appointed fishing correspondent of The Times. Brian Clarke has written a range of other books. In 1980, with John Goddard, he published The Trout and the Fly, a work that gave new insights into the way the trout sees the world and the angler from under water. In 1996 he published Trout etcetera, a collection of his journalism and essays. His novel, The Stream, which follows the impact on wild creatures when the water they all depend on is abstracted and polluted, was published in 2001. It won both the GBP5,000 BP Natural World Book Prize, Britain's top award for environmental literature and the Authors' Club Award for 'Best First Novel' by a British writer.
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Book Description A & C Black Publishers Ltd, 1975. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110713614730
Book Description A & C Black Publishers Ltd. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0713614730 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0277814
Book Description A & C Black Publishers Ltd, 1975. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0713614730