Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, July 04, 2011
THE TROUT DIARIES
From a renowned photographer, writer and adventurer comes an engaging and truly handsome new book that is set to open the world of fly-fishing to a wider audience, with its elegant prose and passionate descriptions of our beautiful country.
With honestyand freshness, Derek Grzelewski has written a highly readable account of his year dedicated to fly-fishing in New Zealand, relating the highs and lows, and the intricacies and finesse, of pursuing trout in the wild places and pristine waters he loves so much.
The thrill of close encounters with this elusive quarry is mirrored by the pleasure he takes in the companionship of his dogs, his friends and the many others he happens across in, often secret, fly-fishing locations around the country.
Each month, illustrated with fly sketches by passionate fellow angler Johnny Groome, (above Woolly Bugger-August), covers aspects of fly-fishing relevant to that time of year. Along the way we meet many of the author’s friends and clients, including top professional guides and a couple of trout scientists, and share his insights into the art of fly-fishing. He also considers innovative techniques and equipment, the pros and cons of catch-and-release, and ponders on our relationship with the natural world and environmental factors affecting our waterways.
The Trout Diaries contains a wealth of captivating and often amusing anecdotes as well as useful technical information making it a true angler’s companion, both literary and practical. It is also an extremely attractive book to hold; an outstanding job has been done on the design and I offer my congratulations to those involved. The beautiful colour photographs, hand drawn maps and trout flies are another most appealing aspect of the book.
About the author:
erek Grzelewski was born in Poland in 1964 and grew up behind the Iron Curtain. At 22, he escaped the communist regime by climbing over the mountains into Slovakia, making his way through Western Europe and on to New Zealand. With a successful career as a photographer, writer and adventurer under his belt, he is also a regular contributor to high-end magazines such as New Zealand Geographic, Australian Geographic, Smithsonian, GEO and Flylife. He is a former professional fly fishing guide and the founder of WanakaFlyfishingAcademy. He lives in Wanaka, on the bank of the CluthaRiver.
‘In The Trout Diaries the author has his eye on larger, more elusive quarry than just fish. These pages are a salute to the joy of wild encounters and a call to protect the rivers and the trout that make our country unique. Here is a tasty catch that will satisfy angler, adventurer and philosopher alike.’ (Kennedy Warne, founding editor of New Zealand Geographic, author of Roads Less Travelled andLet Them Eat Shrimp)