Paul Mor­gan’s guide to col­lectable mod­ern au­thors

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NO. 6 REG RIGHYNI (1912-1987)

York­shire wool-bro­ker Regi­nald Ver­non Righyni was an all-round an­gler with an en­quir­ing mind, al­ways seek­ing so­lu­tions to the mys­ter­ies of an­gling. His in­tel­li­gent the­o­ries on why and when a salmon will rise to a fly are widely re­spected. “What makes a salmon take a lure? Are the re­spon­sive moods of salmon pre­dictable? These are the fun­da­men­tal ques­tions which Salmon Tak­ing Times sets out to an­swer. The au­thor … as­serts that the most im­por­tant sin­gle fac­tor af­fect­ing changes in the salmon’s be­hav­iour is the sup­ply of oxy­gen. … it fol­lows that the suc­cess­ful an­gler must pay the clos­est at­ten­tion to vari­a­tions in at­mo­spheric con­di­tions.” (From the dust-wrap­per.) In later years Reg con­cen­trated his ef­forts on grayling fish­ing. He was in­stru­men­tal in the found­ing of the Grayling So­ci­ety, the de­signer of the fa­mous Righyni grayling float, the au­thor of one of the best books on the species, and was at the fore­front of the move­ment that changed the at­ti­tude of an­glers from con­sid­er­ing grayling as lit­tle more than ver­min to many re­gard­ing them as the ul­ti­mate fly-fisher’s quarry. In his In­tro­duc­tion to Grayling, Richard Walker wrote: “No pre­vi­ous writer on the sub­ject has shown such com­plete un­der­stand­ing of the na­ture and be­hav­iour of this species, nor of the ex­ploita­tion of mod­ern tackle and meth­ods for its cap­ture.”

Paul Mor­gan is the owner of Coch-y-bonddu Books (an­gle­

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