Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of fishing. Know what to say, what not to say, what to do on the water, what to do in the water, and what excuses to make if you can't put a lugworm on a hook or take a 12lb rainbow off one. Never again confuse a bonefish with a kipper, a PVA bag with a popper, or a gozzer with a Hairy Mary. Bask in the admiration of your fellow fishermen as you pronounce confidently on the comparative literary merits of Izaak Walton, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Torday, and JR Hartley. Above all, know exactly how to hold your own against the sort of fishing fantasist who claims that he once wrestled a 200lb Giant Trevally into submission on a river bank in outer Mongolia. (Hint: look him in the eye and say: ‘Really? I thought the “GT” was more likely to be engaged in combat on a remote Tahitian atoll.’)
About the author
Rob Beattie first came face to face with a fish when he fell into the Devilly Burn just outside Laurencekirk in Scotland. Having failed to negotiate the slippery stepping stones, the six-year-old Rob found himself in another world – a terrifying, cold, wet, miserable world. Worse, when all the thrashing and screaming was done and he finally regained his footing, Rob found that the water was six inches deep. And that he had a fish in his pocket. Thus, an angler was born. In the years that followed he caught many more fish, sometimes intentionally, and found time to write the bestselling 101 Golden Rules of Fishing (Rule 1: there ARE no rules). Mindful of the long reach that angling has had in his life, he also penned the modern classic Fishing: A Very Peculiar History. He still goes fishing most weeks. Occasionally he even finds time to write about it.