Nymph Fishing in Perspective brings the history of nymph fishing for trout up to date in the 21st century. For readers new to the history, the first chapter provides a good grounding while refreshing the knowledge of those who have read NYMPH FISHING, A History of the Art and Practice, the author’s first book. Nymph Fishing in Perspective contains much new information, particularly about “Big Jim” Leisenring and “Pete” Hidy, and unseen or rarely published photographs. The history of nymph fishing is a complex story of human foibles and societal values. Early ideas that were not understood or recognised as valuable by a broad audience were left to moulder. Practices based on keen observation and good fly tying created success that engendered jealousy among "brothers of the angle". This history stretches over centuries and nations. Inevitably one person or their ideas are relevant to more than one place in this book. The Timeline lists the main characters in the order they appear in the book and provides an anchoring point for readers.
"Terry Lawton has done a sterling job cooking up this book. He has comprehensively researched British, American and international writings on nymphing, and ladled great appetising chunks into Nymph Fishing in Perspective. The gravy between the chunks of meat is savoury too, and helps it all come together into a book that the reader can devour with gusto whilst appreciating the more subtle flavours our chef has introduced." Peter Hayes, author of Fly Fishing Outside The Box, Emerging Heresies
“After many years of immersing himself in the Leisenring-Hidy story, Terry Lawton has gracefully and accurately described their contributions to thehistory of wet-fly tying and fishing for trout. Lawton's writing, and thoughtful choice of extracts, helps to bring to life this chapter of fly fishing history in the United States, including the Leisenring Lift, presentation of the fly to the trout, and V. S. Hidy's coinage of the term flymph.” Lance Hidy, son of Vernon S “Pete” Hidy