Great Angling Disasters is a wonderful collection of fishy tales from the past 200 years that will have the reader caught hook, line and sinker. Stories of record breakers that got away, to boats that sank, rods that broke and pike and salmon that ran amok. It is the ultimate chronicle of those less than triumphant days on the riverbank. The perfect gift for any keen fisherman whether coarse, game or seafishing.
Double Trouble (one story in the book):
“I hooked a salmon on the Bandon at Cork, but I’d been fishing for trout and had on the lightest tackle imaginable. Three flies on the thinnest gut. As soon as the salmon took me I knew I was in trouble but, after his first rush, I thought I had a chance. He shook his head, made a second run and leaped clear of the water. Ten pounds I thought. The fight continued. I saw his silver flank in mid-stream. He was tiring, but then, unbelievably, I saw the ghostly shadow of another salmon just behind the hooked fish. Almost at once I realised what was about to happen – and happen it did. The second fish took one of my other flies and set off in the opposite direction to the first fish. Miraculously, for a few seconds I was aware of both fish still on the line, then, inevitably, they were gone. No one I spoke to in the long years after that incident could ever recall a similar occurrence.” Richard Greene, It’s Later Than You Think, 1888
Freelance journalist and author Tom Quinn has written for a number of national magazines and newspapers including the Times, Telegraph and Daily Mail. He was formerly Assistant Editor of Trout & Salmon magazine and editor of The Countryman. He has published more than thirty titles including The Perfect Cast and most recently, Cat Tales (978-1-84689-229-5) and Barking Mad (978-1-84689-209-7).
- Book Specifications
Sub Heading No ISBN 9781846892417 Author Tom Quinn Binding Hardback Extent 216 x 138mm, 184 pages Illustrations Black and white vignettes Ebook Yes through your usual supplier
'Angling has a rich literary history dating back centuries, countless books have been published which tell the tales of fishing disasters and the “one that got away”. Tom Quinn has tapped into this abundant resource to complete his latest work, an anthology of such tales. The book is nicely presented and is ideal for reading by the fireside on cold winter days and nights when you are trapped indoors, an entertaining mood lifter.' - Keith Armishaw, River Reads
'A highly amusing collection of calamitous fishing tales.' - This England
‘This delightful collection of more than 40 angling stories … is an eclectic mix of quirky tales, set within a bygone era, and sympathetically edited by Tom Quinn. … Some of these fishy tales reference long-lost techniques and equipment, but this does not distract from hooking the reader with its descriptive narrative, making it as accessible and appealing to non-anglers. … Overall, an excellent read for anglers of all ages.’ - Land & Business, CLA
'Straight away from the front cover illustration of a suited gent struggling in some discomfort with a giant fly stuck in a delicate area while his ghillie looks on, I could tell I was going to enjoy this book. I think we all love a good yarn especially if we can identify with either the unfortunate victims in this instance or at least the potential for whatever the misfortune they encountered. The very opening sentence of the introduction says it all – “Fishing, it has been said, is an accident waiting to happen.”' Paul Sharman, FishandFly.com
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