In this book Mike describes candidly and with humour his initiation into angling, and the various highs and lows he experienced during his angling apprenticeship. His early years were spent on the waters around Bath including the Bristol Avon, local tributary brooks, and his favourite, the Kennet and Avon Canal, this in the days before it was restored.
There followed fishing in Ireland, and later, the Dorset Stour and Hampshire Avon. Leaving Bath to go to university opened new fishing opportunities in West Yorkshire, and this was followed by postgraduate studies and then employment, which took him to new angling adventures in Essex, Sussex and Scotland.
He views his angling life as one long apprenticeship – hence, the book’s title – in which he has had to adapt to many different waters, and to learn how to outwit the different fish species inhabiting them. This evocative book, by vividly bringing to life fishing as it was in the 1960’s and 70’s, will take readers back to the days when they, too, were learning to fish.