Chris McCully


Covers of Chris McCully's Fishing Books Fishing and Pike Lures and Sketches with Fishing Rods These days, working and writing life involves angling or angling-related projects.

Current and (fairly) recent publications include Stour Diaries (2019), Nomads of the Tides: Fishing for Irish Sea-Trout (2013, website on, Fishing and Pike Lures (2009) and Sketches with­ Fishing Rods (2008)

These books are available direct from the publishers: Stour Diaries, Nomads of the Tides, Sketches with Fishing Rods, Fishing and Pike Lures or from Amazon - Nomads of the Tides, Sketches with Fishing Rods, Fishing and Pike Lures

Chris’s fishing books: an overview.

2019 Stour Diaries. Ellesmere, Shropshire: The Medlar Press.

2013 (with Ken Whelan and James Sadler) Irish Sea-trout: Nomads of the Tides. Ellesmere, Shropshire: The Medlar Press.

2011 Outside. Uig, Lewis: Available from The Two Ravens Press. 210pp. ISBN 978 1 906120 57 3. pb.

2009 Fishing and Pike Lures. Available from Ellesmere, Shropshire: The Medlar Press. 278pp. ISBN 978 1 899600 67 0. hb

2008 Sketches with Fishing Rods. Available from Lichtenvoorde: Westerlaan or Amazon (Ills. by Ad Swier.) 112pp. ISBN 978 90 808453 6 7. hb

2006 (editor) Ad Swier. Passion for Pike is available from Lichtenvoorde: Westerlaan. 240pp. hb. or Amazon

1998 The Other Side of the Stream Available from Shrewsbury: Swan Hill Press. 137pp. ISBN 1 84037 011 4. hb. [rpr US, Stackpole Books, 2004] is available from Amazon

1992 Fly-fishing: A Book of Words is available from Manchester: Carcanet Press. 280pp. ISBN 0 85635 931 9. hb. [rpr Oxford University Press, 1994, pb.]

I'm lucky enough to publish some work each year in that fine UK angling magazine Trout and Salmon, and have been associated with T&S for what are becoming rather many years. I was also proud to publish occasional articles in Waterlog. Those two journals were - and in the case of Trout and Salmon still are - an important part of my angling life, though like all its readers I grieve the passing of Waterlog.

While I've fished for trout and grayling for over fifty years - good Lord, over fifty - I enjoy trying to catch many different species of fish and always enjoy using a variety of angling methods. When I lived in Holland I spent a great deal of time fishing for pike - with streamers, jerkbaits, softbaits, spoons and spinners - and came to have a great respect for them. These days, having relocated to England, I'm enjoying winter long-trotting for grayling, roach, dace and chub. Fly-fishing and fly-dressing are still important to me, of course, and in coming years I'm looking forward to returning to some English stillwaters to try conclusions with brown and rainbow trout. I love fishing some of the chalkstreams for brown trout and grayling and I also try to get back as often as possible to Yorkshire (to fish for wild brown trout and grayling together with coarse fish in the winter). Very recently, too, I've become interested in the sea angling to be found on and around my local coasts. If you'd like to find out more about these fishing activities please visit the Fishing diary and details of current Fishing projects.

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