Dave Witherow’s book, Open Season, An Angler’s Life in New Zealand, sat on my to-read shelf for weeks.
I know little about fishing and my interest in it is no better than my knowledge.
But I picked up the book last week and was not only hooked but reeled in by the tales of fishing, fishers and their adventures.
As Kevin Ireland says in the forward:
. . . The sheer pleasure of Dave’s abilities and craftsmanship always save the day. His writing has the same relaxed, discursive and illuminating brilliance of his conversation. . .
This is why he managed to keep someone with little interest in fishing reading. He writes well, keeping the reader engaged with the adventures and escapades he and his mates have enjoyed.
This includes crossing a flooded river on a raft constructed from lilos and building his own plane to enable him to get to good fishing spots more easily.
Open Season is an easy and entertaining read which will appeal most to anglers and other outdoor adventurers, but could also hook those like me who know little about the sport.
Open Season, An Angler’s Life in New Zealand by Dave Witherow, published by Random House.