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Catching Trout



Catching Trout


By the Authors of Stalking Trout

Les Hill and Graeme Marshall

Line Drawings by Grant Winter

250mm x 190mm

313pp colour and b/w photos


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Catching Trout


By the Authors of Stalking Trout

Les Hill and Graeme Marshall

Line Drawings by Grant Winter



A detailed examination of the steps between finding a fish and landing it.  Getting it right first time.  The first cast offers the greatest chance of luring a feeding fish and deserves appropriate attention.  The authors suggest that this book be approached not as a definitive work but rather as food for thought, for the beginner and old stager alike.  It covers in great detail aspects normally glossed over in other angling books.



Les Hill

Les Hill is The Deputy Principal at a large Christchurch Intermediate School.  With many holidays and free weekends, and ideal job for a dedicated angler.

Over most weekends and during all holidays Les explores the rivers of the South Island high country seeking trout with rod and camera. Just as many fish are captured on film as on line, with many of the pictures being published in books, magazines, brochures and calendars.  Les is also a well known angling author, having contributed to virtually all New Zealand outdoor magazines.

During his thirty-five years of fishing Les has been involved in helping many newcomers to fly fishing, through schools, fishing clubs and personal contacts.  He has guided many anglers from the time they toughed their first fly rod until they landed their first trout.  He gets as much pleasure from watching others catch trout as he does catching them himself.


Graeme Marshall

Graeme Marshall is a professional fishing guide and teacher living at Ngatimoti, virtually on the banks of the productive and challenging Motueka River.  He will be known to many for his Sporting Scene column in Rod and Rifle magazine.  Graeme has an intimate knowledge of the back-country rivers of Nelson and is an ardent campaigner for the preservation of this wonderful resource.

Graeme is not hide-bound by angling technique, and is equally at home fishing nymph, dry fly or small wets, and enjoys forasy with the spinning rod when conditions warrant.  He has passed on some of his knowledge to aspiring anglers by way of community based courses.

A keen and active hunter, he is just as much at home with rifle or shotgun, and regrets not being able to devote more time to sea fishing.

Graeme is married to Raewyn.  They have two children who share their parents love of the great outdoors.

This is his fourth book published by Halcyon.


Grant Winter

Grant Winter is an art teacher in Nelson, having tutored in his craft for many years in Primary
Schools, Secondary Schools and at Teachers College.

While Grant has a strong affinity for oils as a medium he also gets a great deal of satisfaction from line drawing.  His cartoon style, rich in texture has been used in illustrating many books.

Grant is an enthusiastic angler.  His understanding of the sport and the idiosyncrasies of its participants show in his sketches.  Having been through the trials of learning to fly fish there is probably a little of himself in the sketches illustrating this book.



First Published 1991

Reprinted 1994, 1996, 1998, 2001