Attorney G. E. M. Skues drew upon his vast experience as a recreational angler to write this work of art of the fly fishing genre, in which he established sunken flies as important tools for the well-equipped angler. Initially published in 1921, this seminal book maintains its relevance in a world in which the quiet enjoyments of river fishing stay unchanged. Expert, competitive, and amateur fishermen in addition to beginners will appreciate its classic wisdom.British fly fishing historian Dr. Andrew Herd hailed the author as" with no doubt among the greatest trout fishermen that ever lived. His achievement was the invention of fly fishing with the nymph, a discovery that put a full stop to half a century of stagnancy in damp fly fishing for trout, and formed the bedrock for modern sunk fly fishing." Paul Schullery, an American fly fishing historian, seconds this view, including, "[ Skues] was likewise a modest, amusing, and warmly available author whose writings never ever lost sympathy for his fellow anglers. His self-deprecating and deceptively simple-sounding writings on trout and fly fishing stay amongst the best and most revealing in the sport's enormous literature."