• New book on GEM Skues took six years to write

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    A biography on the “father of nymph fishing”, GEM Skues, has just been published. It has taken Dr Tony Hayter six years to write GEM Skues, The Man of the Nymph. He also wrote the revered biography on Frederic Halford, but said his latest book had proved a far harder task. “With Halford, there was very little material. With Skues, there was masses. I had to read nearly 300 letters in French,” he said. The result is a 360-page book that provides the definitive work on Skues’ life and times, especially the fuore that his theories caused among the Halford disciples. It contains many photographs of the man that have never been seen, but its real appeal is the detail with which Hayter covers Skues’ early life, especially his years at Winchester School, an unhappy time that affected the rest of his life. Reading the book, it’s clear that the author has an affection for Skues but he pulls no punches. This is not a hagiography. It’s a book that every fly fisherman should read. The publisher is Robert Hale and the official retail price is £25, though it’s being sold as cheaply as £17 online.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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