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on 21 September 2013
I have been a great fan of Mr Yates for a good number of years and I think I can imagine how difficult it must be to make a living primarily from writing about fishing. However, I do feel that Mr Yates is starting to rather short-change his readers; I can't say which is chicken and which egg but it's indisputable that there is a deal of "déjà lu" among those of us who have read this book and "The Waterlog Years", for example. Some of the articles have been dressed up but there is starting to be too much re-hashing of the same material for my taste.
The same bait may work over and over for carp but at least some readers of comparatively expensive books are altogether more fastidious consumers, Mr Yeats - and we have longer memories than those attributed to fish!
There are plenty of anglers out there who seem only too happy to knock Mr Yeats and his style of fishing (and even dress) so it really behoves him, as our preferred ambassador of Traditional Angling, not to give them any extra ammunition.....