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Old 25th June 2012, 08:48
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Default Re: Days and Nights of Gamefishing

Yes it's one of my earlier fishing library acquisitions, in hardback with superb woodcuts by Charles Jardine.. Published by George Allen and Unwin in 1984, the book has a picture of Bill Currie fishing the Tay at Murthly and it makes me smile to read again on the dustjacket this: 'Bill Currie is a fly-fisherman of outstanding skill and often astonishing luck ...' How I used to wish, as a 17-year-old aspiring fly-fisher, I could have something of Bill's luck and end up with a couple of fresh grilse on a fly-rod as pictured on the back cover of this book!
I wonder what I would have thought as my teenage self had I known that within 12 years I would be fishing with Bill, as I did for 2 days on the Tweed in 1998 - with a third day fishing his own upper river beat.. or indeed working as a 'fishing journalist'.
It was on that visit - when I managed one rather coloured grilse at Boleside to Bill's 5 salmon in one morning's fishing! - that he gave me a signed copy of his next book The River Within: A Life of Fly-fishing (Merlin Unwin, 1993) with the following message and signed:
'To Henry, with my compliments and with warmest wishes for all your fishing - Bill, Raperlaw Aug 22/98'
Naturally this is one of my most precious fishing treasures!

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