New Zealand’s Treasury of Trout & Salmon – An Angling Anthology

New Zealand's Treasury of Trout & Salmon - An Angling Anthology by John Parsons and Bryn Hammond About this Book…

New Zealand’s Treasury of Trout & Salmon – An Angling Anthology

by John Parsons and Bryn Hammond

New Zealand’s Treasury of Trout & Salmon – An Angling Anthology
by John Parsons and Bryn Hammond

About this Book

New Zealand’s celebrated trout and salmon fishing heritage comes comprehensively alive for the first time at the hands of two painstaking researchers, anglers John Parsons and Bryn Hammond. This collection of 375 excerpts from the published works of 132 authors amounts to well over 200,000 words — words illuminating the New Zealand trout and salmon fishing experience from its beginnings in Britain and America in the late 1800s right up to the present day.

The editors made their final choice of practical, humorous, nostalgic, lyrical, scientific, and historical writing with great difficulty: the book they really wanted publishing ran to an unwieldy 400,000 words. Advised to shorten the book considerably, they did so, with great reluctance. Their nonetheless very substantial final selection accordingly rates very highly indeed. The text is divided into 29 chapters devoted to a full range of anglers’ interests, from monster fish to artificial flies, paraphernalia to running waters, opening days to seasons of the year, and so on. New Zealand writers predominate, but excerpts from the works of many overseas writers are embodied.

Appended is the first full bibliography of New Zealand angling literature ever attempted (339 titles), a list of relevant periodicals past and present, and brief biographies of certain authors.

Complementing the writing are 20 fine colour plates by Parsons (a professional photographer) and more than 100 historic and contemporary black and white photographs and illustrations.

This anthology will stay the definitive work in its field for many years because of Parsons’ and Hammond’s blend of enthusiasm and exhaustive research, and the hours of study and discussion given to the hundreds of excerpts and illustrations from the angling source-books in their own collections.

This book will completely satisfy the angler curious about the origins and spread of his sport; the angler seeking fascinating reading; and the angler anxious to explore an absorbing new world of books and writers on a favourite subject.

Parsons has already published four full—length fishing books, A Fly Fisherman’s Year, Parsons’ Glory, A Taupo Season, and Deceiving Trout. Commissioned by Halcyon and published last year simultaneously in New Zealand, the United States, England, and Australia. Deceiving Trout is the first New Zealand fishing book to be so honoured overseas. Background information for Deceiving Trout was researched by Hammond, whose own first book, the extensive New Zealand Encyclopaedia of Fly Fishing, the first
in its field, was also published by Halcyon last year.

Cover photography courtesy of Nick Bradford, Simon Dickie Adventures, Auckland Weekly News, Bill Crawford and John Parsons.

About the Editors

John Parsons’ first fishing article appeared in the English Fishing Gazette when he was 17. He has written about his enjoyment of fishing and its related pleasures ever since, in England until he was 26, in and around Wellington until he was 46, and for the past 16 years in the central North Island from his home in Taupo. A passionate angler and bibliophile, a former librarian, journalist, advertising manager and public relations consultant, he nowadays devotes most of his working life to photography
and writing, and as much of his free time as possible to the joys of trout.

Although Bryn Hammond was born in Britain and did not come to live permanently in Taupo until early 1981 he had more than forty years of close association with New Zealand in his seafaring and in occasional years of living here. By chance he chose to live five minutes away from John Parsons who was later to invite him to collaborate in this anthology. Thereafter the joint research and preparation occupied much of his waking and dreaming time. It turned out to be a voyage of discovery full of delights and revelations. Like his co-editor, Bryn Hammond is a passionate angler and bibliophile, as well as being a regular contributor to fishing magazines. Although temporarily back in Britain he maintains close links with New Zealand and New Zealand fishing.

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