best catch and release in 40 years of fly fishing — his
fishing knowledge generously shared.”
Moore, Editor, ‘New Zealand Wilderness’, great outdoors
columnist for ‘North & South’
"...charming, instructive, humorous and delightfully
enlightening...a New Zealand fly-fishing classic in the
making." Stephen Jaquiery, Otago Daily Times.
A great read! Funny, instructive, often thought
provoking. New Zealand’s answer to Zane Grey and Ed Zern.”
Ray Kramer, Alaskan fish biologist and fishing
MAGIC HOUR is all about fly fishing, with the emphasis on
‘all’. A prolific magazine writer and one of New Zealand's great
fisherman raconteurs, John Giacon shares a lifetime’s experience in
the sport in one of the most charming and illuminating fishing books
of recent years.
The ‘Brotherhood of the
Angle’ is alive and well in his book, and readers will chuckle as
they join high-jinks and mateship along the highs and lows of a fly
fishing journey. At the same time, without trying to be an
instruction manual, the book has a wealth of sound advice on gear,
techniques, locations and how to fly-fish them – in saltwater as
well as freshwater. Safety aspects are discussed, along with
conservation, habitat enhancement and the catch and release ethic.
The world of fly fishing
has produced any number of great characters. Many appear in this
book, some as heroes and villains in the political battles John
Giacon and his colleagues fought to educate politicians against
meddling with recreational fishing.
Above all, The Magic Hour
is a guide to just what makes the sport of fly fishing tick – what
makes New Zealand fly fishing the envy of anglers worldwide. There’s
something in it for everyone: newcomers, old hands, young , old,
The Magic Hour is soft-cover, 260 pages including
Available in bookshops,
fishing tackle shops and by mail-order from Ngaio Press, it sells
for NZ$39.95, plus postage.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
GIACON is one of New Zealand’s fly fishing characters – a
passionate enthusiast who has combined a love of fishing and the
outdoors with a strong commitment to the broader needs of his sport.
In leadership positions within fishing clubs and national angling
and wildlife organisations, he has helped run activities, develop
policy and wage war on those who would compromise fishing habitat
and the rights of recreational anglers.
numerous articles about freshwater and saltwater fly fishing have
enhanced the angling experience for thousands of people, in both New
Zealand and overseas. Since 1986 his New Zealand Angling company has
trained people in the art of fly casting and fly tying, run fishing
tours and promoted fly fishing tournaments. His book, Fly casting with John Giacon, published by
Ngaio Press, is now out of print.
John Giacon lives in
Auckland and has enjoyed watching his family grow up as mad about
fishing as he is.
The sun is
going down and the magic hour has arrived: the dead
still of dusk. Gleaming water flowing past your waders.
Mayflies on the rise. Cast your fly and get a hit: is it
the big one?
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