WHEN THE FLOAT COMES IN: A YEAR’S FISHING ON RIVER, LAKE AND SEA IN THE NORTH EAST OF ENGLAND, by Pete McParlin. Published by The Medlar Press (www.medlarpress.com). £22. Hardback.

THIS book re-lives the author’s fishing forays over a single calendar year, celebrating key events for the North Country angler such as the arrival of the trout and coarse fishing seasons, the mayfly hatch in early summer, and sea fishing from the shore.
The traditions and history of the lead and coal mining industries, iron and steelmaking, are all examined, looking at the way they have affected the sport of angling. Rivers explored include the Coquet, Wansbeck, East Allen, Derwent, Swale and Wear.