If you mention Bob Church to most people they would probably think of him initially as the fly-fishing champion, which of course has been a big part of Bob’s life, but he’s also chased most of the other species at one time or another.
In Memories & Reflections Bob takes us from his early days on the Great Ouse through to what he fishes for now. With fifty three chapters covering both coarse and game fishing, and ranging from Sweden to New Zealand and Adam’s Mill to Grafham Water there’s plenty of action, and not all of it to do with fly-fishing, even though this is Bob’s forte.
There’s great stories on his years as a member of the highly successful England Fly-Fishing team in the late 80s, and recounting the politics that surrounded the sport at that time, which nearly saw Bob excluded from the competition!
Grafham and Rutland reservoirs get big chapters being two of Bob’s favourite waters and here again we get some history on how these places have grown from mainly trout waters into the multi-species venues we know today, and takes us through the almost pioneering fly-fishing work done by Bob and Mike Green for the pike and zander.
All through the book Bob gives us encouragement to go and try some of these places for ourselves, with hints on tactics and techniques, and lots of advice on tying some top flies.
The books written in a very chatty manner, as if Bob’s sitting with you recounting some of his fishing exploits, and that does mean he sometimes flits from one part of a story to another which often had me lost on the timeline of certain events, not that this should detract you from a very in depth read.
The book retails at £25 and is available from www.calmproductions.com