As a keen angler myself, and indeed guilty of sometimes wanting to find a number of new 'quick fix ' methods of hooking monsters - I have now realised that I can be sometimes positively heathen in my approach.
Many people regard angling as a cruel sport, and that it should be up there with fox hunting, others merely fail to see the enjoyment of sitting by a riverbank or pool for hours staring at water!
I can understand both opinions and have spent many conversations attempting to dispell these attitudes and defend my pastime.
At long last I have a reliable source of support from Mr Yates.
His description of a day on the riverbank is gentle, original and honest and his recounting of childhood experiences that led him to fishing brings forth an innocence and appreciation that can so easily be lost in todays world of angling.
Not only does he respect his environment and turn it's descriptions into prose-like words, he also gives the fish character and very much accepts all creatures' rights to existence as much as humans.
In a way that only Chris Yates can write he manages to draw in the non-angler to this wonderful thing called nature and also to make regular anglers find their inner selves, and realise just what it is we are trying to do behind all these bite alarms, carbon rods and scientifically researched bait. (When it is possible to achieve so much more than a catch, with a whicker rod and a worm!).
I myself have felt very different on fishing days after reading this work, and though the title is misleading in the fact that is does not describe technique and 'how', the tranquility of the cover itself goes a long way to explaining 'why'.
So non-anglers - read this book and let it open your eyes a wonderful place called 'The Natural World', and regular anglers let it show you what you may have been missing!
Positively Eutopian, positively excellent!