A wonderful 1950s' angling classic.
William Canaway was a game ﬁsherman who didn’t mind the immaculate calm of chalk waters, but preferred the smash and grab of the mountain or moorland stream.
Such a stream is the Gwyrfai, as it comes rolling off the granite shoulders of Snowdon. You may never have heard of the Gwyrfai (pronounce it more at less to rhyme with ‘swervey’) but it is typical of many such streams in north Wales and Scotland.
Back in the fifties when this book was written, the Gwyrfai held lots of ﬁghting brownies as well as a good run of sea trout and salmon. It was ﬁshed with both wet and dry flies - and even spun on occasion. At its mouth there were giant bass scouring the sands for food.
Canaway’s ﬁrst book, A Creel of Willow, was a rare gem. In A Snowdon Stream he deals with both the anglers and the fishing of a delightful little river in a narrative style as lively and well-paced as the tail of a sea-trout pool.
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