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Gilly the Ghillie

More Chronicles of a West Coast Fishing Guide

by (author) David Giblin

Heritage House Publishing
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Cultural, Ethnic & Regional, Fishing, Personal Memoirs
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Tall tales of coastal adventures, colourful locals, privileged tourists, and elusive fish abound in this hilariously offbeat sequel to The Codfish Dream.

"David Giblin is a marvellous storyteller."—Ian Ferguson, author of The Survival Guide to British Columbia

David Giblin's stint as a seasonal salmon fishing guide on Stuart Island provides a seemingly endless supply of hilarious and bizarre stories that reveal as much about the quirkiness of small coastal communities as they do about human nature itself. Now, in his second book of short interconnected stories set in the 1980s, Giblin introduces us to Gilly, the first female fishing guide to grace the tiny island, whose mere presence is enough to shake the foundations of the very insular, all-male guiding community. With the return of delightfully eccentric characters including VOP, Troutbreath, Lucky Peterson, and Wet Lenny, this rollicking maritime adventure will appeal to anyone who ever gutted a fish and lived to tell the tale.

About the author

David Giblin worked for fifteen years as a salmon fishing guide at Stuart Island, roughly forty miles east of Campbell River—a fertile environment for the incubation of great fishing stories. He is a visual artist and the author of The Codfish Dream, which as an unpublished manuscript was a finalist in the Cedric Literary Awards in the creative non-fiction category.

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Editorial Reviews

"A delightful and entertaining tale that captures our (often eccentric) West Coast island communities, complete with gum boots, pot plants, fish gutting, wood stoves and salty, blustery storms!" —Anny Scoones, author of Island Home: Out and About on Vancouver Island

"A winningly entertaining set of linked stories concerning the lives of fishing guides and their clients along the upper B.C. coast. The foibles of characters such as Baba, Troutbreath, and the eponymous Gilly, along with the author's understated dry humour, beg the question—what will they get up to next?" —Don Hunter, author of the Leacock Award-shortlisted Spinner's Inlet and Return to Spinner's Inlet

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