Frank Sawyer earned worldwide acclaim for his books 'Keeper of the Stream' and 'Nymphs and the Trout' and was awarded the MBE in 1979 for his outstanding contribution to fishing and conservation. But he is probably most widely remembered as the inventor of the Sawyer Pheasant Tail Nymph. Frank continued to write on the techniques of weighted nymph fishing long after 'Nymphs and the Trout' was published and he wrote scores of magazine articles and many personal notes. This book is a collection of these articles and has been arranged using Frank's personal notes by Sawyer's grandson Nick, himself a published fishing author (Fishing on the Front Line). The illustrations, diagrams and line drawings have been produced especially for the book by Thommy Gustavsson the famous Swedish fishing artist and editor of Flugfiske i Norden. Acclaim for 'Fishing on the Front Line' by Nick Sawyer Reviewed in Shooting Gazette 'The book cracks along at a fair pace and has a tempered mix of empirical detail and fascinating stories, which is enough to keep your imagination 'hooked' until the end.'
Reviewed in Trout & Salmon Magazine 'This is a thoroughly enjoyable and painlessly instructive book for both angler and politician.' Reviewed by Peter Lapsley of Flyfisher's Journal 'An excellent and most worthwhile book - informative, entertaining and a thoroughly good read.' Reviewed by Phil Wilcox of Soldier Magazine 'Whether you want to find out more about the potentially dangerous results of having too much curry in the jungle, the varied exploits of the likes of Tubs, Bones, Ginge, Frenchie and Fireman Sam, or, indeed, the vagaries of fishing for huchen with Killer Bugs, read the book. You'll be hooked!'
Frank Sawyer was one of the greatest fishermen that ever lived. He was born on the banks of the River Avon in 1907 and died on the same river-bank in 1980. During that time, he revolutionised fly-fishing by inventing the weighted nymph, his most famous design being the ubiquitous Sawyer Pheasant Tail Nymph. He was also a river-keeper and naturalist of international standing whose ecologically and environmentally friendly techniques remain unsurpassed to this day. Frank Sawyer wrote extensively about his experiences and theories in magazine articles and books and was broadcast widely on BBC radio and television. He was awarded the MBE in 1978 for a lifetime's contribution to river-conservation and fishing.