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The Trout Diaries

A Year of Fly-fishing in New Zealand

By Derek Grzelewski | Paperback | 6 Review(s)

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With disarming honesty and 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... read more

Format
Paperback
Release Date
15 Jul 2011
Author(s)
Derek Grzelewski
Publisher
David Bateman Ltd
ISBN-13
9781869537241
Dimensions
160mm x 240mm
Pages
212
Format
Paperback
Release Date
15 Jul 2011
Author(s)
Derek Grzelewski
Publisher
David Bateman Ltd
ISBN-13
9781869537241
Dimensions
160mm x 240mm
Pages
212

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12 Dec 2011
By Chris Lumsden
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A Worthy Read for Fisher and NonFisher Alike

The Trout Diaries had me captivated immediately. Not being a fly fisherman was no barrier to enjoying this book. People, places and their interaction, interspersed with anecdotes on life, as well as titbits on fishing for trout. Without even having cast a rod I felt like I had been on a fishing adventure in paradise and was given all the rewards of a holiday, time to reflect on what is important in life and why, along with provoking thought on how I react now, and how I might react in the future. Definitely a worthy read for fisher and non fisher alike.

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12 Dec 2011
By Chris Lumsden
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07 Aug 2011
By Ian Cole
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The Trout Diaries

Written with honesty and sensitivity Dereks approach is a welcome alternative to the usual "how to" and where to" fly fishing books. It is a compelling read that takes us on his personal journey through the trials, frustrations and the emotions of a trout calendar year. Appealing for both non fishers and fishers alike Derek articulately displays the human touch of both the "gentle art" and life itself with candour, humour and, at times, soul baring truth. Humbled to be mentioned as a mentor I believe he portrays the very essence of why we fish. A brilliant read.

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07 Aug 2011
By Ian Cole
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06 Aug 2011
By David Lloyd
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Derek Grzelewski's Trout Diaries

Derek Grzelewski sees what most others do not; his thoughtful observations are carefully wound into stories that are neither just about technique, nor about the requisite equipment but rather how fishing for trout, pounding miles of river bank, chance encounters with locals and peering from a bridge into running water, feed us. A December trip to waters that he'd rather not name, recalls that in the hut were he stayed overnight were … "two crossed fishing rods, and stuck into the guide eye of one of them, the stub of a cigar, thick as a thumb, burnt out and extinguished like the man's life itself. A golden band proclaiming it was a Macanudo". He threads his 12 months of fishing with his life experiences. This is not a book about pounds, numbers or the one that got away. He recounts his meetings with professionals, scientists, cockies, novices, old timers, whitebaiters… for each of them a different slant on what they take from the fabulously fresh still and running waters of New Zealand. I couldn't put the book down.

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06 Aug 2011
By David Lloyd
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06 Aug 2011
By Stella Senior
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The Trout Diaries

Coming from a non fishing background I am surprised how hard it was to put this book down. Beautifully bound with delicate illustrations and vibrant photos. Its journey through the months touches upon so much more than the dry technicalities of fly fishing. Woven throughout the year are insightful, sometimes heartfelt accounts of the people and animals that the author meets, as well as his contagious and inspired appreciation for the wilder parts New Zealand. A great read even if you have never even tried on a pair of waders!

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06 Aug 2011
By Stella Senior
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05 Aug 2011
By Brendan Shields
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The Trout Diaries

A excellent book, refreshing and inspiring writing. I was happy to find this book wasn't your usual blow by blow commentary of great fishing escapades, rather it took you into a deeper journey of the pursuit of trout. Derek Grzelewski comes across as someone at one with his environment and you can sense his deep respect for the wild places he has journeyed. His year of fishing brought him across some interesting people which gave way to some interesting fishy yarns. Deep, sometimes sad, and sometimes very funny. Excellent read. Brendan Shields

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05 Aug 2011
By Brendan Shields
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05 Aug 2011
By Dougal Rillstone
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The trout Diaries

This is such a fine book; one that is able to be enjoyed on several levels. It has inspired me to fish some new water, and it offers gems on how to fly fish. The Trout Diaries is occupied by a number of the most interesting characters to inhabit our angling literature, and the author has captured their voices beautifully. The book will appeal to people looking for the adventure that comes from new places and people, but primarily for me, it was about an adventure of the soul. This ultimate adventure, so well described, is the most important journey of all, and is what will make this book appeal to an audience well beyond anglers. It is a book that can make you laugh and cry, which is quite something for a book supposedly about angling. Dougal Rillstone

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05 Aug 2011
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