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Where the Trout are All as Long as Your Leg
Where the Trout are All as Long as Your Leg
by John Gierach
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Gierach's best, but better than most others, 29 Jan. 2005
This is not a typical book for John Gierach. If you have read his other stuff and enjoyed it then this is definitely worthy of adding to your reading list. The book is a series of different short stories telling the reader about secret or hard to access fishing water. The title refers to the angler's common belief that on these waters the trout are all that size! It is generally humorous.P>This book does manage to convince the reader that they want to try to locate these waters and also gives them guidelines on keeping it a secret.
It is not a long book but will pass some very enjoyable time on those unfishable days.


Bush Pilot Angler
Bush Pilot Angler
by Lee Wulff
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true angling/flying adventure, 16 May 2003
This review is from: Bush Pilot Angler (Hardcover)
This book is quite awesome!
The book takes you through Lee Wulff's life as a fishing camp owner/pilot and true poineer in fishing in Canada, both the flying and his flying and ideas on stock conservation. The book is written with the feel that it is almost a diary but has a much better flow to it that diaries have.
The author was an amazing person and is able to put across to the reader his experiences in learning to fly (very quickly), the more memorable flights that he experienced and some of the amazing fishing that he was able to encounter. He also laments the decline of fishing in some of the areas where people have ignored his plea for stricter conservation methods to maintain the fishing and late in the book highlights some of the regions that have introduced catch and release or catch limits.
This book is an easy read but I could still feel the excitement of flying into wilderness areas in difficult conditions and then the prize of unspoilt fishing and wilderness on arrival. A true adventure!!
This would be a great birthday/Christmas/Father's day/Mother's day present for any angler or pilot who crave more than the traditional books on modern day fishing and flying or for anyone who enjoys Haig-Brown or books like Three Against the Wilderness or Tam Tain's Trout book, to name of few of the older (and in my opinion classic) wilderness/fishing books.


Ultralight Boatbuilding
Ultralight Boatbuilding
by Thomas J. Hill
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and instructive!, 14 Feb. 2003
Thomas Hill hit the nail on the head with this book.
Having never built a boat before but thinking about it I picked up this book. I was not disappointed. It does not show the patterns required etc. but what it does give are clearly explained methods for build ultralight boat out of plywood and epoxy, which can be transferred to building other small vessels. The text is very clear but some of the photos leave a bit to be desired.
The book walks the reader through the steps needed to build a canoe and a flat-bottomed skiff and therefore covering most of the steps needed for most ultralight boats. This book was very clear, even for someone like me who has minimal woodworking skills (Experience = 6months of playing) but who dreams of building their own boat.
The appendix are also very helpful in pointing out sources of patterns but all address for other materials are in the US. However, products are named throughout the book.
One final point, if you are looking for detail in how to loft a boat then look at Vaitses book on lofting. This book only gives a quick overview on the subject.


Complete DIY Manual
Complete DIY Manual
by Reader's Digest
Edition: Hardcover

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great home help, 22 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Complete DIY Manual (Hardcover)
This is a great beginner's guide to DIY around the house and I would recommend that any new house owner or people who have done little to no DIY in there lives to get this book. It is also useful to more experienced DIYers as it covers everything from painting and wood-working to fixing the roof.
The book is clearly set out in easy reference sections with a good contents page and index. It shows how things work and the main areas where certain things can go wrong. This combined with general maintenance tips and trouble-shooting makes this a superb book for DIYers from complete novice to the more experienced. The explanations are clear and are combined with clear diagrams in a lot of cases.


Mother Tongue: The English Language
Mother Tongue: The English Language
by Bill Bryson
Edition: Paperback

12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and useless facts about english, 22 Jan. 2003
First of all, this is not Bryson's usual sort of book. It is not the 'belly-laugh' funny that Notes from a Small Island or Neither Here Nor There are but it is superb!
Being one of these people who loves useless information - the sort that only comes in handy for yelling the answers at TV quizzes and to drop into conversation - this book was perfect. Bill Bryson, as always, manages to convey his own style of humour throughout this book. It covers everything from the history of the english languages to American and UK english differences.
For those who want to be childish there is also the opportunity to jump straight to the chapter on Swearing. This chapter isn't the funniest but one of the most enlightening in the book.
It took me two attempts to really get into the book and thoroughly enjoy it - even if my use of the english language is not perfect (re: this review). If you enjoy Bryson and not just for his travels then pick up this book and enjoy it!!


The Summons
The Summons
by John Grisham
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something missing!, 16 Jan. 2003
This review is from: The Summons (Paperback)
This is a fairly average book. That's about all you can say. The concept was good but the plot and the ending were fairly weak. Even if you are a Grisham fan this book will probably not enthrall you like The Client or other books.
One thing you can say about it is that it is an easy read - bedtime material. The only good part about it is the guys who run the local airstrip but you really have to use you imagination or have come across people like them to really get into their characters.
If you want the usual build up and characters from a Grisham books read one of his others!!


Sex, Death and Fly-Fishing
Sex, Death and Fly-Fishing
by John Gierach
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to cure the off-season blues, 15 Jan. 2003
John Gierach hit the nail on the head with this collection of stories and I personnally think this is his best offering yet, along with Good flies. It is light-hearted and informative and makes you want to be at the waterside. Reading a book like this is the next best thing to actually fishing.
The story about 'Anyone's St. Vrain' is one that I can really connect with. If you have a favourite water then read this one. Sometimes fishing tales can get repetative but not this book. Gierach has a way of describing things in this book so that it draws the reader in.
If you are looking for a book of fishing tales then pick up John Gierach and I would suggest it was this one!
Be warned though, I have found these books to be addictive.


Dances with Trout
Dances with Trout
by John Gierach
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the lighter side of fishing, 15 Jan. 2003
This review is from: Dances with Trout (Paperback)
This is a good look at the lighter side of fishing in a very readable and informative fashion. The opening chapter - and the explanation of the book title - really sum up the book for me. You can tell it is not going to be a dull how-to book when the author says he wants his life on the big screen and to be played by Kevin Costner!!
It is also refreshing to read about fishing writers getting skunked (and not just the author), which makes you feel less inadequate with a fly rod. Even though this is not the best John Geirach offering out there it is certainly worth a read and I didn't put this one down until I read it cover to cover. I particularly enjoyed reading the chapters about Scotland, Texas, and Alaska with the disappearing fish


Trout Flies: Proven Patterns
Trout Flies: Proven Patterns
by Gary Lafontaine
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surrealism for fly tiers, 13 Jan. 2003
If you are bored with the usual run-of-the-mill patterns then get this book. Gary LaFontaine has a marvellous way of coming up with bizarre patterns, which through the course of his writing he convinces you that you need them in your box.
This is not just a pattern listing and the steps to tie each fly, even though this is done excellently and the colour photos are superb, but has an interesting story attached to each fly. Each of these stories is different and most fly fishers will be able to relate to a lot of them. It is the stories that really make it stand out from some of the dry volumes of fly tying books there are out there.
This is an extremely informative and superbly enjoyable book and I am glad that I have it in my library to go back to time and again. If fly tying is fun for you (which it should be) then this is a must for you!!


The Pursuit of Stillwater Trout
The Pursuit of Stillwater Trout
by Brian Clarke
Edition: Hardcover

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide to stillwater fishing, 10 Jan. 2003
This book is a worthwhile addition to any stillwater angler's library, especially newcomers to the sport. Each of the sections is very clear and it demystifies a lot of things that a beginner comes up against.
The book is pitched at a perfect level and does not leave the reader feeling patronised, like some 'expert' fishing writers have a habit of doing. I picked it up as I switched to fishing for rainbows recently and have found it invaluable. I am not saying it is a miracle book and makes you a better fisher instantly, but it points you along at least one path to becoming one.
I think the only thing about this book is that it is geared for reservoirs and small stillwaters, so if you are looking for a book on wild brown fishing on stillwaters I would look else where, even though a lot of the ideas are relevant. If you fish on large or small stillwaters for rainbows and browns then this is the book for you if you have been struggling to catch the fish.


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