Many of my later additions have been passed straight onto Neil as, let's face it, that's where they will end up so he may as well have the trouble of storing them now. Yes, I originally thought that I would buy them as some sort of currency, an investment for the future and many of the titles I've procured have increased in value beyond my wildest imaginings. But then Neil discovered Chris Yates and the magical way in which he puts our language onto paper. He was absorbed and read all of his work one after another, this highlighted when we went to the Hay festival where Chris talked about his then latest title 'How To Fish' and Neil duly queued to get his copy signed.
Neil moved on to my carp collection and fell in love with the work of Rod Hutchinson, a master angler and raconteur so I recently bought Rod's latest two 'Carp Along the Way' books. This was recently joined by four books by Rob Maylin, Terry Baxter's 'Barbel Mystique' and Jon Berry's 'Beneath the Black Water' and just the other week a first edition of 'What's My Line' that came, compliments of Ebay, all the way from Australia and so the list continues.
I have my favourites of course, some are just part of my life and will never leave my shelf such as' No Need To Lie' by Richard Walker, I was given this in the mid sixties and I have never exaggerated the size of a capture since reading it. 'Somewhere Down the Crazy River' (Boote and Wade) is a must have for any dreamer as is 'Hooked' by Fen Montaigne, a tale of fly fishing across Russia. Peter Stone's 'Come Fishing With Me' falls into this category along with many, many others. I can never sell my books, they are my friends and, in the future they will be Neil's.
My latest addition arrived the other day - 'While My Float's Still Cocked' and I flicked casually through the first few pages. My first impression was that it was a book that many of us of a certain age could write, it was just that this chap had a talent for painting which made it look special. But as I have got deeper into the recollections and tales of Maurice Pledger I have become enthralled and inspired and any book that makes me yearn to hold my rod over a small brook or pool is a winner as far as I'm concerned. So, I highly recommend this little book, after all, none other than Chris Yates himself rates it and he can do no wrong.