How to Fish

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Chris Yates discovered the joys of fishing early in life and was quickly hooked by its pleasure. Many years later, he is still content to sit, day after day, observing the quirks of different fish and losing track of time. For him, fishing is much more than just a question of technique; sometimes it's about listening to nothing but your instincts, and at other times it's about enjoying yourself in the moment. And it's always about not knowing how the day is going to unfold.

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Overview

Chris Yates discovered the joys of fishing early in life and was quickly hooked by its pleasure. Many years later, he is still content to sit, day after day, observing the quirks of different fish and losing track of time. For him, fishing is much more than just a question of technique; sometimes it's about listening to nothing but your instincts, and at other times it's about enjoying yourself in the moment. And it's always about not knowing how the day is going to unfold.

There's no better guide for the uninitiated--and no better companion for those already familiar with the satisfactions of fishing--than Chris Yates. From casting and reeling to whiling away the hours, How to fish is a gem of a book that gets to the heart of the passion for angling: there's more to fishing than catching fish.

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Though new to American readers, Yates is well known in the U.K. as a journalist and TV presenter, and also for catching what was, in 1980, the biggest fish in the history of English fishing. In his new book, Yates has set out to capture the thoughts and stories that came to him as he sat on the riverbank and waited for a bite. Among fishermen in the U.S., philosophy and poetry are usually the domain of trout fly fishers, but Yates applies these two abstractions to bait fishing for such unrefined-sounding fish as chub, barbell, gudgeon and perch. In his accessible and occasionally lyrical prose, Yates sums up a year on a river in chapter-long musings on a host of fishing and non-fishing topics, such the topography of a river, the weather, his youth, the "bird-like" beauty of a perch and the essentially British notion of the restorative powers of tea. The book is also filled with practical and tactical advice about how best to land a "whale of a perch." Because of Yates's intelligent observations and his pure dedication to his sport (it is his belief "that man was born to fish"), this book will be of interest to anglers on both sides of the Atlantic. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616829636
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/17/2008
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS YATES is a photographer, an author, the founder of Waterlog magazine, and first and foremost a fisherman. For years he was the angling correspondent for the financial Times. He was first inspired to write about fishing by the discovery of a monster carp in his village pond when he was five.

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