About Peter Smitham

Peter is a key member of a team working to support residents of a muinicapal residencial care home. Besides work he's been an angler for over forty years, fly fishing for nearly thirty of them, and making trips all over the British Isles.

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Trout from a Boat

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One look at the cover showing a grinning Dennis Moss with a substantial brown trout in both hands, and you instinctively know that this is going to be ‘one of those books!’ Further investigation proves that assumption to be spot on! … Continue reading

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Fishing with Emma

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As a young angler I was brought up on a diet of books illustrated by Bernard Venables and Keith Linsell, also a few second rate others. So I was a little sceptical about reviewing ‘Fishing with Emma’. I was concerned … Continue reading

Flycasting Skills

Flycasting Skills

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If, like me, your fly casting is of dubious quality, making you look more like a lion tamer with a whip, then this book is for you! More than that, this volume is for anyone who has any pretensions of … Continue reading

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Chalk Stream Fly Fishing

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This anthology is a collection of 12 essays eloquently written by members of the Salisbury and District Angling Club. A tremendous amount of knowledge and experience is to be found in these pages, the subjects covered ranging from ecology, river … Continue reading

Flyfishing for Coarse Fish

Flyfishing for Coarse Fish

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Having caught dozens of reservoir Perch on Dog Nobblers many moons ago, I was intrigued to see what Dominic Garnett’s first book had to offer. It is a bold attempt to apply fly fishing techniques to almost all coarse fish. Not … Continue reading

Good Friends

Good Friends

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That prolific angling writer and carp angler, Richard Walker, once announced that the friends he fished with were at least as important as the fish he caught. While I wouldn’t quite go that far, I would claim that they are … Continue reading