With a foreword by Hugh Falkus and an introduction by Conrad Voss Bark
23.3 x 15.6 cm xx, 225 pp. diagrams + colour frontis. and 16 pp. with 28 illus. enlarged edition 1979 [1st edition published 1960]
A Man May Fish by the late Mr Justice Kingsmill Moore (1893-1979), one of the most respected men in Ireland in the decades before his death, has become a fishing classic since its first publication in 1960. The work covers a lifetime of fishing in Ireland for trout, sea trout (white trout), and salmon. The author was a skilled and long-experienced anger with an enviable command of the English language, and his book is full of information on how to fish. Although it is often reminiscent, there are no idle memories; ever incident teaches something of value, so that A Man May Fish is a really, useful, practical book.
In his Introduction, Conrad Voss Bark writes that Kingsmill Moore ‘uses his subject as a key to open his readers’ minds to wider horizons. He has an astonishing ability too, to create living people.’
It is a book to enchant every angler for salmon and trout, whilst to the angling visitor to Irish waters, it must rate as essential reading.
For this second edition, first published in 1979, the author revised the book, adding two more chapters, on lost Irish fish and on Delphi, and an appendix on the effect of waves and deeply stained water on a fish’s vision of a fly.
In his Sea Trout Fishing (1975), Hugh Falkus (who has also written a Preface for this edition), placed A Man May Fish in his top-twenty best angling books – ‘a great man, a great book’.
Theodore Conyngham Kingsmill Moore was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College Dublin, where he had a brilliant academic career and was Auditor of the College Historical Society. He served in the Royal Flying Corps 1917-18, and was called to the Irish Bar in 1918, to the Inner Bar in 1934, and became a bencher of King’s Inns in 1941. He was a representative of Dublin University in the Seanad Eireann 1944-47, became a judge of the High Court in 1947, and was a judge of the Supreme Court 1951-65. He was Vice-Chairman of the Irish section of Amnesty International, and of CONCERN. He received an Hon. LL.D. from Dublin University in 1947.
He married Beatrice Macnie in 1926 (she died in 1976) and had a son and daughter, who survive him.More info →
This collection brings together Jo Rippier’s writings about fishing, fact and fiction, and in one case ‘dramatic’. He has recorded memorable experiences that occurred during his life in his pursuit of fish, and meeting unusual personalities, such as Mr Justice T. C. Kingsmill Moore (‘Saracen’), and Hugh Falkus, as well letting his imagination provide a number of fictional tales. Together they provide the reader with a variety of enjoyable stories and articles, and some historical illustrations, mostly from Punch, ideal for fishermen with time on their hands.