June Dace

It's June, and after the 16th why not try a bit of fly fishing for dace, as advocated by Jack Hargreaves in Fishing for a Year?

'Because these sketches add up to an argument for general angling right round the year, and because the hope is to tempt many specialists to experiment with different kinds of fishing, we may as well begin just before midsummer when the great army of coarse-fishermen get out their floats and bottom-rods. And straightaway we will try to persuade them to try something else instead.

'It is true that coarse-fishing legally begins on the 16th of June and that, in the lakes and canals, the tench and carp are ready to be angled for; but in the rivers the roach are still haunting the weeds. It is hot weather, perhaps, and bright water. The underwater vegetation is swarming with larvae and shrimp and snails. Most of the fish are burrowing there and can't be reached with an underwater bait.

'But whatever he may be hunting below, the dace keeps half an eye on the surface . . . We will fish for these dace with an artificial fly.'

Hargreaves follows this with a very simple introduction to fly-casting for those who have never tried it: 'It takes one day to be able to cast well enough to catch fish and enjoy yourself'.

If you haven't already got this book in your fishing library, it's really worth considering - a wonderful read.


Searching for a Rise - Reviews

Adrian Latimer's new book
Searching for a Rise receives great reviews from Salmo Trutta and Gamefisher:

'[This book] tells tales of fishing a heap of the world's most famed trout spots: Battenkill, Bourne, Chimehuin, Corrib, Itchen (and so on). He weaves these places with the experiences and thoughts of trout fishing's giants: Kite, Halford, Plunket Greene . . . , Sawyer, Sheringham, Skues (and further on). As a fisher, you will likely love this book. You'll be right there with Adrian through highs . . . and lows . . . The result is a great read that will keep you going for a good while. ' - Salmo Trutta

'Latimer has written extensively about his adventures in Argentina, Iceland . . . and elsewhere in a series of volumes including Fire and Ice and The River at the End of the World, and admirers of his high-octane prose style will need little invitation to snap up his latest offering. But it is somewhat different to the others, in that it seeks to relate his experiences to those of previous generations of anglers, who, like him, have been moved to lay down their rods every now and then and put pen to paper . . . .[In] Argentine Patagonia, . . . Latimer treads in the wader footprints of Ernest Shwiebert, Joe Brooks, Roderick Haig-Brown and other pioneers. The landscapes are as amazing as ever they were, and the trout fishing - if not quite as fabulous - is still extraordinary . . . Elsewhere he seems more subdued. His exploration of his chalkstream theme takes him to Normandy as well as southern England. But the rivers are too often degraded by our modern living . . . The legendary streams of the US Catskills . . . are similarly under pressure, and the sight of legions of fly fishers in Montana leaves him longing for solitude.' - Tom Fort in Gamefisher

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