Merlin Unwin Books

"Merlin Unwin Books are lively, innovative countryside book publishers.

Their well-produced range of rural, wildlife, fieldsports and fishing books never fail to inform and entertain."

Philip Dunne MP
co-founder of Ottakar’s bookshops

Once A Flyfisher

'I want, through this written record, to articulate what a rich blessing it is to be a fisherman. And I sense that there may somewhere be a mystery that has yet to be uncovered: a great and hidden truth lying at the heart of the angler's experience, a truth both simple and profound, the power and the importance of which are felt only by fishermen, because it is the irresistible summons of this shy and beautiful truth that takes hold of them, driving them to fish-filled waters in search of their happiness.'  
                                                             Laurence Catlow, July 2001

Once a Flyfisher is a sporting diary which follows the events of a season on the beautiful rivers of Yorkshire, Cumbria, Shropshire and Scotland.

As he fishes through the summer months, the author's views unfold: forthright, at times extremely funny, unexpectedly moving and always thought-provoking.

Author: Laurence Catlow
Illustrator: Chris Wormell
ISBN: 978 1 873674 48 2
Published: September 2001
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 288
10 Wood engravings
Price: £17.99

Once A Flyfisher by Laurence Catlow

Press reviews

Reviewed in The Daily Telegraph in September 2001

'Witty, illuminating and moving.'

Reviewed in Country Life in November 2005

'Once a Flyfisher makes for a touching read. He muses on what it means to be a fisherman, as his sporting heroes did in days gone by. He has an extraordinarily infectious love of the countryside.'

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