Book Title : The Practical Angler. De luxe edition
Author : W.C. Stewart
Type :De luxe limited edition
The Practical Angler or The Art of Trout-Fishing more particularly applied to clear water, first published in 1857, revolutionised tactics and became one of the most important and influential books in angling literature. Stewart's upstream sunk-fly technique, using lightly dressed spiders, is described here, just one year before the birth of G.E.M. Skues, who applied the same idea to chalkstream fishing 50 years later.
Another very sensible observation of Mr. Stewart is that the colour of a fly is not half so important as the way in which it is made to fall and float on the water. A small fly and clear gut are sine quibus non; and the thing to aim at is the appearance of life, not colour, in your artificial bait. A more practical, sound, sensible, and unpretending book we never read, and we recommend it without abatement or qualification. Saturday Review, 1857.
We have commissioned expert fly-tier and photographer Terry Griffiths to re-tie Stewart's fly patterns in the style he would have used, and to provide superb new colour plates of those flies.
We have commissioned expert fly- tier and photographer Terry Griffiths to re-tie Stewart's fly patterns in the style used by Stewart, and to provide superb new colour plates of those flies. Also included in this new edition is the riposte, entitled "A Caution to Anglers or The Practical Angler and The Modern Practical Angler Compared", to the publication of the similarly named book by Harry Cholmondeley- Pennell, to which Stewart took particular offence - especially as Pennell's work contradicted his own.
A new introductory essay by Richard Hunter precedes this section. This de luxe edition is fully hand-bound in Morocco, with raised bands on the spine and a handsome velvet-lined slipcase. Each book contains three flies in a mount inside the front cover. The flies have been tied to Stewart's instructions, and are tied to gut by internationally respected fly-tyer, Peter Kealey.
In addition to this superb de luxe limited edition there is also:
A high quality paperback with flaps. Price £19.95
A standard FFCL edition fully bound in leather and limited to 500 copies. Price £79.00