Books and walks
Angling has generated a huge amount of literature over the years and one of the finest authors to emerge in recent times has been Chris Yates an author of several enthralling tomes including the 1986 classic “Casting At The Sun”.
The latest book by Chris is entitled “Nightwalk” the story of a walk through the countryside on a summers night. The book is not an angling book but much of the sentiment within can be easily appreciated by the angler who through his pastime spends many hours in special places often under the cover of darkness.
I was fortunate to attend a special event at Torrington’s Globe Hotel organized by Keith and Sandy Armishaw of River Reads bookshop. Chris delivered an inspiring talk about the countryside at night and also drifted into angling related topics not covered within the pages of the book. Chris’s deep love and understanding of the countryside shone through as always.
I caught my first salmon over thirty years ago from the River East Lyn and have landed numerous others in the years that have followed. To walk beside this beautiful river brings back a wealth of memories with salmon and sea trout encounters flooding into the mind on each twist and turn of the river. Even if I am walking without the rod I cannot resist searching the water for the rewarding glimpse of a salmon. It is rare that I do not spot a fish and today was no exception.