Two things drew me into this book from the start: the fact that I regard pike - mean, moody and magnificant - as our most compelling freshwater fish and also that the author is not a mere dabbler in this branch of flyfishing. Pike are Wolsoncroft-Dodds' principal quarry and he makes a living from guiding and instructing others in fishing for them. His occasional dalliances with trout, salmon and bass he describes as 'mere casual affairs'. To accompany such an enthusiastic wanderer along this road less travelled makes for a fresh, engrossing read and he effortlessly transmits his enthusiasm for his prey in what is a comprehensive guide aimed at both the pike debutant and the old hand alike. Illustrated throughout with full-colour photographs, all of which earn their place in the book and many of which feature - as you'd expect - some mighty impressive fish, the author provides a comprehensive guide on tackle and tactics for rivers and stillwaters large and small, as well as his approach to pike fishing in each of the four seasons. Without swamping the text with fly patterns, the book offers five to cover most eventualities, along with chapters on boats and belly-boats, care and conservation and destination fishing worldwide... the perfect introduction to the pursuit of pike on the fly --Trout Fisherman
Fly fishing for pike is booming in popularity. David Wolsoncroft-Dodds has been at the forefront of fly fishing for pike, so it's fitting he has published this quality hardback book packed full of information. --Angler's Mail
I took my copy for a good, relaxed read whilst enjoying a week's fishing recently; an ideal environment to do so... and was instantly impressed with the quality of the book, in both design layout and the outstanding professional photography; this made me want to read on... The one thing that really stood out for me throughout is David's unstuffy, very human and humourous approach to getting the information across. You always want to read more and so in the process learn more and more too, very refreshing! --Pikelines
About the Author
David Wolsoncroft-Dodds is a professional pike fly-fishing guide and instructor. He writes on the subject, demonstrates at game fairs and gives talks at fly-fishing clubs. He has pursued his passion for the sport on the many types of water that pike live and in many different countries. He is a consultant to Hardy's, the celebrated fishing tackle suppliers.