Medlar are once again attending the excellent British Fly Fair International,
held this coming weekend at the
Staffordshire County Show Ground on February 9th & 10, 2019 -
come and visit the stand!

Click on the ad below to see details of the show on the BFFI website.


Medlar Books Win Awards

Two Medlar books have recently won media awards -

Beside a Carp Water by Jon Edy-Berry was named as one of the Angler's Mail 2018 books of the year.

The Blacker Trilogy has been named as the Classic Angling Book of the Year
(it was also shortlisted for the prestigious 2018 British Book Design and Production Awards).

Trebles all round!

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A Line Lost in Time Book Launch and Signing

John Langridge will be signing copies of his splendid new book

A Line Lost in Time

on Saturday January 5th, 2.30 until 5pm at the
Kirkdale Bookshop (Opposite Sydenham tube station, Sydenham, London)

Come along, meet John and enjoy some onion bahjis and Prosecco!

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Blacker Trilogy shortlisted for prestigious award

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We are pleased to announce that the highly acclaimed Medlar production of the Blacker Trilogy has been shortlisted for the 2018 British Book Design and Production Awards. The Awards will be presented at a glittering event at the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel, London W1H 7TN on Thursday 22nd November, 2018. The book is shortlisted with four other titles in the Scholarly, Academic and Reference Books category.


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Always Summer Book Launch

We are delighted to announce the launch of Peter Rolfe and Michael Pickford's new book -
Always Summer
at the Shaftesbury Arts Centre, SP7 8AR Saturday 25th August, from 11am to 2pm.

Book signing & refreshments

There will also be a book auction at 1pm in aid of local children’s hospice
(some of Peter’s angling book collection and ‘BB’ first editions).

Pay and display car park opposite the Arts Centre.

Dr Derek Mills


We are sorry to bring you the sad news of the death of Dr Derek Mills, who died on the 29th of January, 2018. Derek was involved with salmon research from 1953 and was in charge of the Salmon Research Laboratory at Contin. He then became a senior lecturer and fellow in the Institute of Ecology and Resource Management at the University of Edinburgh. During his thirty years at the University he held a number of extra-mural appointments and served as consultant biologist to the Salmon & Trout Association. He set up the Scottish branch of the Institute of Fisheries Management and was its first chairman. He was a committee member of the Tweed River Purification Board and a trustee of the Tweed Foundation and Cromarty Firth Fisheries Trust, as well as being a River Tweed Commissioner. He served on the honorary Scientific Advisory Panel of the Atlantic Salmon Trust for over thirty years and was its chairman for ten. Derek also wrote many interesting articles on fish and fishing, not least in Waterlog magazine, and wrote two books for the Medlar Press - Saving Scotland's Salmon and Salmon in Trust. Derek passed away peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2018.

British Fly Fair International

We have been exhibiting our books for many years at the British Fly Fair International in Stafford, and this year's event was bigger and better than ever. On the Medlar stand we had the pleasure of officially launching
The Blacker Trilogy, with the able assistance of the whole team - Hermann Dietrich-Troeltsch (who was the man behind the project and who spent over twenty years of his life on it!), Andrew Herd (whose extraordinary research and writing skills will be familiar to most Medlar readers), and the incredible Alberto Calzolari, who demonstrated his wonderful tying skills by dressing Blacker salmon flies in the hand! I was completely bamboozled just watching him! Andrew also gave a fascinating illustrated talk on William Blacker and his life and times on both days of the show.

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Above: Andrew Herd, Alberto Calzolari and Hermann Dietrich-Troeltsch and (right) Alberto demonstrating his magic . . .

And that was just the Medlar input. There were over 80 other exhibitors this year and a huge selection of fly tying materials. Apart from Alberto, there were over 50 international fly tyers from across the globe, a Fly Tying in Focus Theatre with live demonstrations, and a Fly Fair Forum with thought provoking talks and presentations. And if you needed a bit of help, there was a Fly Tying Clinic for those with queries. All in all, a great start to the new fishing season. The show is always a great place to meet up with old friends, talk about new projects with Medlar authors and get close to the experts. Thanks to Steve Cooper and his team for organising such a great show.

For more details on The Blacker Trilogy click here.

Chritmas update . . .

It's been a bit hectic over the past few weeks . . .
and Christmas appears to have arrived early here in deepest Shropshire . . .

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BLACKER three books

But a bit of snow never stops us, so what news of our new books?

Blacker Trilogy is printed and bound and just awaiting slipcases.
(the books will be sent out next week)

And another two new Medlar titles have also just arrived.

One is our first carp book for a few years
Jon Edy-Berry's
Beside a Carp Water.

The second is Keith Harwood's
The Trout Angler in Shetland.


The Blacker Trilogy

The Blacker project is coming along nicely - Volume One is designed, laid out to page and edited, and Volume Two is well under way.

We thought you might like to see the final designs of the cloth bound copies (limited to 250 sets) . . .

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New Books Spring 2017

Just published - three great new Medlar titles: a beautiful new hardback edition of the classic predator book Pike & Perch by Alfred Jardine: John Langridge's new book on fishing for the nine species of Spanish barbel; and last but not least, Pete McParlin's evocative tales of fishing in the North-East of England, When the Float Comes In.