A River Never Sleeps (Roderick Haig-Brown)
Without doubt one of the greatest books on fishing ever written
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.