Author: guildofreason

Work, ethics & poetry

It was so big you could hear it swimming !   All fish from the Ribble The river is a constant play ground – our whats’app group is full of digital bullets like these above – its hard to get anything done ! Thanks to all the boys Rocky, Malc, Tommo, Mick, Marc, Karl, Clint, Phil, Peter, Colin, Ryan, Simon, John, Paul  – Ahab and Lamont 2016 Spring – Let It Roll I decided some weeks ago that it was about time I shook off my mid season funk and get out there and get some…..I needed an injection of rhythm to chase away the blues. April had nipped in and mugged me while I was day dreaming about time being on my side,…. no rush, ease my way in, stay calm, digest the info then respond appropriately….reports of April Ribble springers had smash and grabbed me and made me engage in the odd hour of hit and run. No rush, ease my way in – May would soon be here and it was bound to be …

Chapter 5 from Terminal Chancer – Clint Best vs The Cosmos

  One of my most pleasurable experiences had come while staring down the neck end of competitive sports fishing. It played out like this: Aged 22 I had entered my local club’s fly fishing competition – The NALGO shield. National Association of Local Government Officers – in case you were wondering. Placed three miles from my home as the crow flew there was a small three acre lake named Jeffery Pond in the middle of Woodfold Country Estate. The lake was fun to fish, well stocked with rainbows, fictional massive browns and although not far from the reaches of the town, it was absolutely rural. Sixteen rods entered and two heats of eight went at it over four hours. Best weight won, top two went through to a semi final draw to fish the same rules head to head after drawing pegs. The winners of the semis faced each other on a Saturday morning July final. In those days I liked to think of myself as the fly fishing outsider, a northern Huck Finn. I …

Both lost and found as everything before you and calmness descends.

Terminal Chancer

  Terminal Chancer Silver Seasons Atlantic Salmon – Is a book about fishing, passion, humour, optimism, hope, outsiders, antiheros and breaking out of the eternal grind. One reader has said Its a classic and a must read. Another hailed it as a wild ride. The book  started as scattered ideas and entries in my diary. While connecting these strands I quickly realized that I was writing something very different – a potential square peg. Life’s interesting spaces tend to be inhabited by square pegs, people who don’t  or won’t fit the plan. Feedback & reviews have been fantastic – Caught By The River, Eat Sleep Fish, Fallons Angler, Trout Fisherman and Saatchi Arts & Music Magazine have all given Terminal Chancer high praise and superb reviews. Obviously these comments are very gratifying but its the reviews from the readers – anglers and non-anglers alike that have been the greatest surprise. The warmth in which the book has been received has been overwhelming – From an initial print run of 500 – only 96 signed 1st editions remain. For more info, reviews and an option to buy – please read on. Back cover reads : Blinded by …

Reviews of Terminal Chancer

Jon Berry is the Author of A Can of Worms, Beneath The Black Water, and A Train To Catch. He has published many articles on fishing and was asked by Caught by The River to review Terminal Chancer. I have to say that when I heard such an accomplished writer was reviewing my book – I was both excited and nervous in equal measure. Review by Jon Berry  for Caught by The River  – http://www.caughtbytheriver.net/ Atlantic salmon. Rainbow trout. Shaun Ryder. LSD. Apocalypse Now. A crazy-as-crazy-gets friend called Lamont. Shrimp-head balaclavas. An unlikely mix, but Gilbraith’s Terminal Chancer is an unlikely book. It is rare for authors to mention, as Gilbraith’s does in the book’s early pages, that they have self-published the item you hold in your hands because two publishers have turned it down. Upon finishing, I can see why they did; I can also see that they missed a trick. Terminal Chancer is an unusual memoir and an idiosyncratic joy. Gilbraith is a salmon man, devoted to fishing for the rare runs of fish on …

Postage costs

The book is 13cm x 20cm and weighs 195grams – If you would like me to ship internationally then please calculate the postage cost and add them to the £12 cost of the book – and then pay that amount via paypal – jameswgnabb@hotmail.co.uk.   For all postage within the UK its £1.50 and is added automatically via the paypal button.