Tony Hayter caught his first trout on a fly in 1953 and published his first angling article in Trout and Salmon in 1955 while still at school. A professional historian, he has edited, reviewed and published in the area of military history and other subjects, and since retiring has recommenced writing about angling. He had long been puzzled by the fact that no biographies of the two leaders in the development of chalk stream fishing, Halford and Skues, had ever been written, and in 2002 he began to address this lack by publishing F.M. Halford and the Dry-Fly Revolution. With G.E.M Skues he closes the gap once and for all. Tony now lives with his wife in a village in the south of Wiltshire with a chalk stream in the garden, where the trout, being part of the family, are admired and not fished for.
'Absolutely compelling...This is a story with many twists and turns, and I doubt that anyone could have retrieved and marshalled the evidence, and turned it into a narrative, as effectively as Tony has done.' Flyfisher's Journal 'This is perhaps the most minutely researched biography of any angler's life that has yet been published.' Brian Clarke, The Times 'It's a book that every fly fisherman should read.' Classic Angling 'Just the thing for any angler's library' Country Life Magazine Why does this book stand tall above others? Because it's the work of an historian who is able to paint a meticulous historical background crucial to truly understanding Skues, the 'man'...Layered with rigorously researched references and revelations, this biography will be enjoyed on many levels. Fly Fishing and Fly Tying