Look Closely – More Stories from a New Zealand Trout Fisherman
by John McInnes
First published 1992. Published by Random House New Zealand Ltd. ISBN 1 86941 166 8. 240mm x 160mm. Softcover. 143pp. Hardcover.
Look Closely is an intriguing fishing book. Built around the title theme, the stories tell how the author, an experienced brown trout fisherman, pursues his quarry quietly and thoughtfully. Sometimes he fails, sometimes he succeeds. Sometimes he makes us laugh.
But the book offers us more than fishing anecdotes and humour. Buried in the stories are insights into the nature of trout food and trout ways, and, consequently, fresh wisdom about fishing strategies. There are many ideas here that can’t be found in any other New Zealand fishing book, making this not only an entertaining but also an informative read.
John McInnes is well known for his best-selling fishing book, Tread Quietly, Stories from a New Zealand Trout Fisherman, published in 1983. He currently lives in Ngaio, Wellington, and spends much of his time fishing the rivers around Pahiatua and Woodville. He is a contributing writer for periodicals and magazines both in New Zealand and overseas.