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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2013
Fly fishing, and especially chalk stream fly fishing, is steeped in history, but often bogged down by tradition. This book analyses and questions the traditions, and encourages readers to think for themselves.Anyone who fishes beyond the occasional mayfly day will find this book an inspiration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2014
This book was billed as a major work on modern fly fishing. It certainly is a major work, all 272 pages of it, and well worth a read by anyone open to trying different things and prepared to think for themselves. The writer has a somewhat irritating style but do not let this detract from the messages that the book contains. In terms of the content there is very little that is new in this book, it merely takes many factors that have been known for many years and offers some salient thoughts as well as some very useful analysis. If you can take from this book things that improve your fishing then the book will have succeeded. Throw away the dust jacket and study the text, it will reward you if you are receptive. It must be said that this book is essentially about chalk streams, though most principles are common to all rivers. Perhaps the author should have ventured further out of his box, but this should not detract from a valuable and thought provoking work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2013
A beautifully produced book with a refreshingly different approach. I tied the flies and caught fish with them.
The flies aren't all it's about though. Roll on next season!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2014
It was a book well researched and very well written.
I did not know the author previous to buying the book, but the title made it sound of interest.... It did not disappoint it was a beautifully printed book on fine stock and arrived with the signature of the author Peter Hayes.
I have enjoyed reading the book and being a fly-fisherman for nearly 50 years it still made some interesting points from
many angles of the sport.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2015
Firstly, this book is primarily aimed at chalk stream fishing, which isnt my thing at all so this book isnt aimed at me.
Saying that I was hugely disappointing with it. The reviews were excellent so I was hoping for some new ideas and theories, but its all been done before many many times.
There is an interesting section on floating leader visibility from a trouts point of view, but thats about all I took from the book. Fly patterns have been done before, casting downstream dry's etc etc. Fly patterns have been done many times also. Main thrust of the book is dry fly fishing, with a little written about nymphs, tho the author is clearly not as comfortable when talking sub surface flies.

As another reviewer pointed out, perhaps the author should have taken his own advise and written a book outside the box, outside his comfort zone, showing tactics for all rivers and all tactics... not just those he has a safe, comfortable knowledge of.

If you enjoy dry fly chalkstream fishing then its worth a look. Otherwise its not really of interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2014
Provocative contemporary book. Not all will agree with some of his theories but it is healthy to challenge traditional techniques and views.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
Quick delivery, well packaged. Gave this as a Christmas Present to a friend, for the help ge gave me this year, he loves it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2014
very good book brings fishing and flytying to a different level alot of new ideas easy to follow flytying and flies
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on 26 April 2014
great read ! challenges established ideas and makes a lot of sense, cant wait to apply some of this wisdom and see if it really does make a difference !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2013
This is something special in flyfishing literature - it's truly different It has authority and imagination and genuinely pushes the boundaries of thinking. Above all, it's entertaining. On page after page I found myself saying 'why didn't I think of that?' Congratulations to Peter Hayes on a brilliant piece of work
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