Some books stand the test of time, some dont. Oliver Kite's Nymph Fishing in Practice not only stands the test of time it defies it. True, it was first published in the days of split cane and fibreglass rods, of pounds shillings and pence and wild Brown Trout in the rivers Avon and Test, however the information it contains will never fade or become irrelevant to the fisherman. When I first read this book some twenty five or so years ago, it opened my eyes to a hitherto unknown and mystical world, full of unusual creatures which crawled and squirmed their way around a watery habitat. Nymphs, love 'em or hate 'em, as a trout (and Grayling) fisherman, one cannot ignore them. This book explains what they are, why they are relevant to the fisherman, where they are found, how they act and most importantly, how can the fisherman present imitations of them successfully to the fish.
There is a simplicity of approach by Oliver Kite, in logical and understandable terms, describing in detail his thoughts and approach to nymph fishing. The reader is left in no doubt as to what he is reading about and why. If only a fraction of the information in this book is put to practice on the lake or riverbank, then the practitioner will have gained a valuable asset in the unequal battle to catch fish.