Has anyone here read the above book? It seems to get good reviews but most of them seem to have a hint of partiality about them.
At £109 inc P&P it's an expensive bit of reading but if it really is as wonderful as made out it might be worth organising some kind of £10 in shared ownership scheme where everyone gets a chance to read it and then it is sold on with the sale price split between everyone to hopefully go most of the way to covering postage costs for sending it round.
I found Salmon Magic to be the most evocative book about the Atlantic Salmon that I have ever seen. I believe that we should see the book for what it is - a celebration of Salmo Salar for the angler and the interested layman. It was I think never intended to be a comprehensive survey of all salmon rivers, and of course it has a markedly North American bias, but it's none the worse for that.
I like the author's direct style and sensible description of salmon behaviour from the angler's viewpoint.
But above all I love the photographs. The picture of my friend, Bill Taylor, fishing the Grand Cascapedia and playing a fresh run salmon well above 30 lbs on pages 328 & 329 is one of the finest salmon fishing photographs I have ever seen, maybe the best. I also love the spectacular photographs of the Alta and St Jean rivers (bill Taylor again). And the accompanying DVD is simply awesome!
If you want a book that gives a comprehensive survey of all salmon rivers in the North Atlantic basin I think you may have to write it. Now that would be a Herculean task! Salmon Magic does it for me, but I had no expectations when I first opened its covers.
I had the pleasure of meeting Topher Browne since I wrote the last post. He is a most knowledgeable angler and I was impressed by his knowledge of the science. He is also fond of Scotland and visits here quite frequently. Topher supports Orri's approach to reducing commercial netting and I think, like everyone else on the international scene, cannot understand why in the UK, especially Scotland, the outdated and damaging practice of mixed stocks netting is allowed to continue. I hope to meet him again soon.
I took delivery of this book yesterday. I opened it after tea with the intention of flicking through a few pages and starting it 'proper' over the next few days. I will openly confess that I have a very short attention span I would hasten to add that I was still avidly reading it at half past one this morning. The author crams in a lot of information which appears to be 50% science based and about the same percentage personal experience based. He appears to have developed a strange knack of offering this information in terms which are technically accurate but simple enough to easily digest. He injects a sense of wonder which just grabs and holds your imagination.
I will not even attempt o describe the quality of the pictures since I really could not do them justice.
It is undoubtedly an expensive piece of literature. I would however suggest that it is a most worthwhile investment. I will read mine again and again and again.
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