Fly Fishing Literature- G E M Skues The Man of the Nymph

‘The Man of the Nymph”. if the title alone isn’t just the sexiest thing ever than i don’t know what is !
piscatorial lasciviousness aside, check out the video. Hayter’s enthusiasm gives me the idea that this book’s a winner.

“The long awaited definitive biography of a fly fishing icon. Written with a rare authority by Tony Hayter one of our foremost angling historians, and published by Robert Hale Ltd. We had the honour to film the book launch at the Grosvenor Hotel, Stockbridge, Hampshire, and conduct an interview with the author.

This video contains clips from the launch and excerpts from the interview” enjoy !

” Much of the floating fly-food is very small and hard to detect on the surface, and it requires some close watching to say whether it be sipped from above, or at, or just under, the surface. Thus it must come about that many a would-be dry fly purist has spent many busy hours presenting a floating fly to trout which are only taking subaqueous food. From this painful and humiliating position there is little chance of escape unless the purist makes a point of actually seeing the fly on the surface taken by the fish(and preferably identifying the insect) before he ventures a cast. Not a great many purists are so perfectly pure as that. ”

chalk one up to Skues for his humor, power of observation, rational, word choice, ‘In your face, Halford’ ways and sandals.

this seminal book is not only stuffed with invaluable information but is also a very pleasant read. a quirky style from the past written in the third person and filled with jabs directed at his moroonic purist opponents, there might be a few elements that may have been proven otherwise since but there’s a lot more “Ah-Ha !” moments making a lot of personal observations click.

another nice aspect is it’s size 16 x 11 cm making the perfect travel companion or while waiting at the dentist’s. i couldn’t recommend it enough for the serious trout angler.

excerpt from Skues on Trout – Observations From An Angler Naturalist

Stackpole Books ISBN- 13: 978-08117-0358-1