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Tales of the Angler's Eldorado: New Zealand Paperback – October 24, 2000
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Though he made his bread and butter by spinning yarns about the plains of the Old West, Grey's true passion was water. He had an almost fanatical love of fishing, spending as many as 300 days a year roaming the seas with a rod in his hand in pursuit of everything and anything that would swallow a hook. Published in 1953 and 1954, respectively, this duo contain some of Grey's best fishing stories culled from a lifetime of pursuing the leviathans of the deep (he liked to catch big fish). The stories are buttressed with numerous monochrome photos.
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Grey is very curious and a good observer. He is an excellent story teller and this book, my first encounter with his books, is a bloody good read. (Terry Lawton Fish and Fly, (Uk))
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Zane Grey was a famous author and renowned fisherman. His visit to New Zealand (detailed in this book) was at the behest of the NZ government who at the time (1920s) was seeking to promote their new big game fishing to a waiting world. Through his well-detailed exploits, its hard not to detect a touch or arrogance in his writing when he refers to the "primitive equipment and techniques" used by the locals. However, this is soon forgotten as his descriptions clearly convey a boyish sense of excitement with almost every big fish hooked. His descriptions of both the Bay of Islands and Taupo areas also show him to have been a true nature lover and keen observer of the natural world.
I can heartily recomend this book to the keen fisherman. For a trout fisher such as myself, the descriptions of 11lb fish caught in the 1920s is mind boggling - I can't wait to get back!