A River Never Sleeps (Roderick Haig-Brown)


Without doubt one of the greatest books on fishing ever written

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Few books have captured the haunting world of music and rivers and of the sport they provide as well as A River Never Sleeps. Roderick Langmere Haig-Brown writes of fishing not just as a sport, but also as an art. He knows moving water and the life within it – its subtlest mysteries and perpetual delights. He is a man who knows fish lore as few people ever will, and the legends and history of a great sport. Month by month, he takes you from river to river, down at last to the saltwater and the sea: in January, searching for the steelhead in the dark, cold water; in May, fishing for bright, sea-run cutthroats; and on to the chilly days of October and the majestic run of spawning salmon. All the great joy of angling is here: the thrill of fishing during a thunderstorm, the sight of a river in freshet or a river calm and hushed, the suspense of a skillful campaign to capture some half-glimpsed trout or salmon of extraordinary size, and the excitement of playing and landing a momentous fish. A River Never Sleeps is one of the enduring classics of angling. It will provide a rich reading experience for all who love fishing or rivers. Roderick L. Haig-Brown was born in England and lived most of his life on Vancouver Island, Canada along the banks of the Campbell River. He died in 1976. Chapters include: About steelhead; A fish for Firmin; About pike; ‘Where to fish’; House hunting; Picking favourites; H.M. Greenhill; Little lakes; Sea-run cutthroats; The big salmon water; Lewington’s carrier; Pacific salmon; Buttle Lake; Dark on the water; Salt water I; Salt water II; Sachem River: Why fish?: First fall freshet; Top, bottom and middle; The riddle of the Oxhorn; Before I die; Fishing books; To know a river.