Always nice to get a letter from a happy reader - this time from someone who got 101 Golden Rules of Fishing as a Christmas present. I'll let them take up the story.
And so it was with "101 Golden Rules of Fishing". Consigned to the upstairs bookcase for the last two or three years it was unread and unloved. But fate intervened due to forthcoming home improvements that require a clear out and a visit to the charity shop. This meant there were two piles of books created upstairs, named "Charity" and "Retain" and take a guess where your little book was heading, as I had not really given "101 Golden Rules" a second glance. Perhaps it was the ghost of Bernard Venables that made me stop, open the pages and read it a little more carefully than I did on Christmas Day a few years ago.
Thanks to Bernard I found a little gem that accurately reflected my philosophy on angling. Respect for the environment; treat your quarry with care and release it carefully; it's all about the fishing- not the catching. What's more it's written with a light style that made me read it from cover to cover this morning.
So belatedly, I thought I'd let you know that I really enjoyed it - almost as much as "Mr Crabtree Goes Fishing". Almost, but not quite."
Rob Beattie is the author of several popular fishing books. He's also a regular contributor to Waterlog magazine.