Silver Ghosts – Will Shropshire
Life is confusing for Aberdeen teenager Callum Anderson as he drifts through the lockdown summer of 2020. With exams cancelled and activities restricted, the aimless days and late drunken nights all merge into one another. When Callum’s behaviour puts the family dog at risk, his mother compels him to do something more productive with his time, forcing him to join a fly-fishing course on the banks of the beautiful river Dee. Callum is soon absorbed by a new passion and finds himself drawn to someone he unexpectedly meets there. Igniting a bond with his grandfather in their pursuit of the king of fish, he discovers how life is connected and how a legacy can live on.
Callum looked onto the water, and after some thought pointed upstream. “That looks like the head of the pool, I would start there, and it probably finishes down to just there where there is a small rocky beach?” “Not bad. With the river at this height, I would agree the fish would tend to mostly be lying between those points, but personally I would fish it a bit further downstream as it is deceptively deep, and you often find one right at the tail before the shallows. You don’t have to cast very far at the head as the natural bend of the river helps you. Further down, a bit below where we are now, you need to open your shoulders a little and try to reach those big boulders you can see, there’s always one or two there.” “Should we put the Sunray fly on?” asked Callum. “I think the Silver Stoat will have a good chance here” said Granda, thoughtfully.
“We can always try the Sunray after maybe.”.....READ MORE
Len O’Brian wrote:
Will has woven an intricate & wonderfully engaging story here. Silver
ghosts seamlessly manages to marry the addictive and dynamic
world of fly fishing, with the hope & despair that the Atlantic salmon
species faces. Both stories are tackled with equal and electrifying
Highly recommend! - James Murray - Actor and activist angler
I so enjoyed this book. I’m sure everyone has their own memory but
for me it brought back the life, movement and history of growing up
on the River Shannon.
Time spent fishing and frying, telling stories and drinking came
flooding back. I’ve passed the book to my children, they will love it.