ANGLING is a series of articles written by Dave Steuart for Angling magazine
from 1967 until 1977. At the time he was also running a busy tackle shop.
The chosen episodes are nearly all of freshwater coarse fishing although
Dave wrote many articles on sea and game fishing at the time.
Once you start reading this book you will realise Dave was far ahead of
his time not only with the rods he made but with rigs and methods he
used to tremendous success. Today’s anglers have much to thank him for.
When you consider he was only able to fish on one day per week except
for holidays makes this even more remarkable. The articles are packed with
valuable tips and ideas on how to read the many waters he fished that would
also be viable today. He is a master at long-trotting with a centre pin reel
and his prolific catches of barbel, chub, carp and pike would be difficult to
surpass with our latter day knowledge and tackle. What also comes
across in the book is Dave’s impish sense of humour from which a number
of well known anglers have been, at times, heckled (in print).
Dave was also outspoken in his writings on the subject of dredging and
so called improvements to some of our best Southern rivers and through
these articles was invited to discuss the problems with the relevant
authorities – often too late. This at a time when there were few other bodies
to fight the angler’s case.
The book is full of historical photographs taken at the time by his late
wife Kay – also an exceptional angler who often surpassed Dave in catches
and personal bests.
Why put a series of articles that have already been published into book form?
In my case there are a couple of reasons that justify the exercise, I believe.
One is that for years my angling friends (and my wife) had been worrying
me to write fishing books. In my later years at least an autobiography of my
fishing life is now done and published and in truth, the easy way to write
another book would be to publish some of my articles in book form. It was
also the fact that I had been told by many that they liked my articles in Angling,
and when my friend Geoff Maynard, an Internet buff, sent me a reference about
my writings in Angling magazine, a reference that had been aired on the Internet,
I decided that I should see if there was a publisher who would be willing to
re-publish that material. The reference was from a Mr Richard Bartlett, as follows:
“Now Geoff mentioned Dave Steuart the other week, and whilst I certainly recalled
the name I’d quite forgotten how prolific and excellent a writer he was, and how
many bloody big fish he’d caught. The seemingly endless parade of biggies of all
species is very, very, impressive, but more impressive was his writing. Literate,
interesting and above all entertaining – where are those writers these days?
” With such a build up, how could I not try to get the articles re-published?
(Some of the, “Biggies of all species,” that Mr Bartlett mentions, were salmon
and sea fish. This book is devoted to coarse fish. The salmon articles have
already been put into a book published by, and available from, Little Egret Press.)
I did not know Mr Bartlett, but got his telephone number from Geoff and rang
him to ask if he would mind if I quoted his reference to me. He willingly gave
permission; so if anyone does not like my writings, lynch Mr Bartlett, not me!
Further encouragement came from Bruce Vaughan, an Editor of Angling after
Brian Harris left who told me he thought I was the best writer Angling had. Praise
indeed! I have not written the above in humility, I was really ‘chuffed.’
Most writers of angling books seem to be almost apologetic to their wives for
spending so much time fishing. I never had to be, as Kay, my late wife, spent
all her available time fishing with me, and she was a very accomplished angler
as anyone who knew her or has read my autobiograhy will know. She caught
thousands of fish of many species, coarse, game, and sea fish, and some had
beaten my PB’s – but I still loved her.
Dave Steuart 2012
Limited to 500 hardbacks and 50 leathers.
The dustjacket has been designed by Mike Starkey using beautifully produced illustrations by well known and now sadly departed artist and illustrator John Searl.
Hardbacks £30. Plus £5 P&P. Leathers will be £210 plus £10 P&P.
(Leathers now sold out!)