The Angler Walkabout Series:
Book 1 - Africa
Book 2 - Patagonia
Book 3 - Alaska
Book 4 - Tasmania
Book 5 - West Africa
Book 6 - ANGLER WALKABOUT Best of 2004 - 2014
Book 7 - New Zealand
Book 7 - NEW ZEALAND
After a ten-year hiatus from fishing in New Zealand, Julian Wicksteed’s return to the South Island sees him discovering that things had changed for the worse…
Julian quickly discovers that the local ‘Kiwis’ won’t even dip a toe in many of the rivers he grew up fishing and swimming in. With some of the lakes and rivers having disappeared entirely and many of his old haunts contaminated and barely flowing, he heads off in search of new water.“Yes, this isn’t ‘fishing porn’, stories of fishing on water people have paid thousands of dollars to fly to, this is New Zealand TODAY – an account of what the average angler can or can’t achieve, given the current state of mismanagement of New Zealand’s land and water.”
Despite the challenges extending well beyond the average fishing adventure and the wily New Zealand trout, whether it’s by kayak or on foot, Julian does his best to find the solitude and exceptional fishing New Zealand is famed for. Thankfully, he does manage to get onto some exceptional fish, in the kind of New Zealand landscapes most of us hope will be valued and preserved for future generations.Julian Wicksteed & ANGLER WALKABOUT Publications kindly request that this book not be resold by secondary sellers on Amazon. If you wish to resell it, please do so via other means, such as eBay.
Book 6 - ANGLER WALKABOUT Best of 2004-2014
This first Angler Walkabout “best of”, is a selection of twenty standout moments over the first decade of travel, and five books, in Julian Wicksteed’s Angler Walkabout Series. Many of the stories, such as those from Russia and the American Rocky Mountains have never been published.
As always, his travels and writing delve deeply into the local culture and history with an acute look at life in the world around him.
His far-flung fishing adventures take the reader to all corners of the globe: from the sea pinnacles and high country lakes in Tasmania Australia, to the highlands of Ethiopia, Kenya and America. The heat and Ebola of West Africa contrasts the ice of Russia’s Caspian Sea, and from the bottom of South America in Patagonia, the reader will then find themselves dodging bears at the very top of the Americas in Alaska.
Pack your passport and strap yourself in; even if it’s in the armchair, Angler Walkabout Best Of 2004 – 2014 is as good as being there.
Book 5 - WEST AFRICA
Book 5 in the ‘Angler Walkabout Series’ sees Julian Wicksteed return to Africa ten years after travels there for his first book, A Catch on Africa. Travelling for five months along the coast from Senegal to Cameroon, West Africa, however, proves to be a whole different “kettle of fish”. With severe civil war ransacking the region in recent decades, not only is almost half of the world’s top 10 poorest nations located there, it also proves to offer a smorgasbord of opportunity for over exploitation by non-African entities. Not to mention the fact that the world’s worst ever Ebola epidemic is looming just around the corner.
At times the travel, fishing and surfing poses almost insurmountable difficulties during this book, but still the author manages to uncover some diamonds in the rough.
Book 4 - TASMANIA
TASMANIA, book 4 in the Angler Walkabout Series is my account of the 2011/12 summer spent in the wilds of beautiful Tasmania, Australia; chasing everything from trout and black bream on the fly rod, to 50lb southern bluefin tuna from a sea kayak 7km out to sea – I hope you enjoy it.
Book 3 - ALASKA
After five months of fly fishing adventures in Patagonia, I headed headed north to catch the Alaskan summer of 2009 – Alaska’s 50th year as a recognised state of the United States. Enjoying back to back summers, I embarked on a sport fishing ‘walkabout’ to explore America’s frontier state. Again with my mode of transport consisting of nothing more than my feet, a friendly nature and an outstretched thumb, this walkabout saw me dodging the likes of bears, moose, wolves and wolverines, from Kodiak Island to the Arctic Sea. In pursuit of trout and salmon on fly rods, the fish I encountered in the wilds of Alaska were nothing short of exceptional. By journey’s end though, after experiencing the amazing hospitality of the friendly Alaskan people, the fish I caught were just a bonus – most of which were left to swim another day.