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Old 07-29-2012, 06:42 PM
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Default Good Salmon fishing books?

I am thinking of expanding my horizons from trout to Atlantic Salmon. Anyone have any book suggestions to get me started? Ideally I would love some "how to" and some history/literature/etc too. Thanks a lot.
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Default Re: Good Salmon fishing books?

Although it is quite spendy, Atlantic Salmon Magic Magic by Topher Brown has garnered some great reviews. The UK. forum is promoting this book and has a link for sales on the web site. To find the UK. site just slide your cursor over the 'Links' tab at the top of this page.

If you are looking for specific information in regards to fishing the Maritime Provinces you will find a selection of books that deal specifically with that region. I myself have not read any Atlantic fishing books most notably due to me location. For Pacific salmon I have but one book; The Behavior & Ecology of Pacific Salmon & Trout by Thomas P. Quinn. This is a research work that details pretty much what the title implies. My thinking is that the more I know about the various species the better prepared I will be to locate them and to catch them. I do however understand that this reading may seem quite bland due to its lack of conversational prose. You will be the person to decide which type of book you want to read. I understand thea the Brown book is strewn with both diagrams and photography that give a great deal of how to info to the readers. So perhaps you may give it a go.

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Default Re: Good Salmon fishing books?

Thanks for the suggestion!
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Default Re: Good Salmon fishing books?

Here we go:
For flies: "Fishing Atlantic Salmon; the Flies and the Patterns" by Joseph D. Bates and Pamela Bates Richards published by Stackpole

"Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies" by Paul Marriner published by Frank Amato. I think there's a new edition.

General reading/technique:

"Salmon Fishing - a Practical Guide" by Hugh Falkus. Like Ard, I've heard the Topher Browne's book is good. Dunno, haven't seen it.

For stories and reminescences:

"Six Salmon Rivers and Another" and "The song of the reel" by George Frederick Clarke

Lots of others. Personally, in the case of the "how-to" books, I find there is not much new under the sun, and that the older books are more interesting and even entertaining. I always like Lefty Kreh's observation that "an expert is anyone with his own slide projector more than 50 miles from home." Lots of wisdom in that one.

Have fun reading! Oh, and I'm sure there are beaucoup DVD's out there, too. But atlantic salmon fishing is really quite simple. Cover the water.

There are plenty of books out there on the topic of fishing for atlantic salmon!
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Default Re: Good Salmon fishing books?

All you need to do is represent yourself at a salmon river in a way that you would naturally do. Cold water would help your fun also. When I fish for Atlantic Salmon in the Miramachi I like the fast water at the end of the run. You can't go wrong other than falling in and spooking them . When you get to a Salmon pool you might want to read a little about your fly choice . Depth is important for size of hook. If the pool is alive with jumping Salmon my guess is they are not after your fly or my fly. Seen that way to many times but who knows you can't get em on the couch either. I have a camp about 20 miles from the most popular pool on the river system and it is in a place where two rivers meet. So forks in the river are an excellent choice to wet a line.
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Default Re: Good Salmon fishing books?

cant add any more than the above, except some classic atlantic salmon fly literature. I"ll send you a PM with links to quite a lot of the early 1800's literature if thats what you're into.
In terms of modern books for classic atlantic salmon flies, there is a new on just published by
Amazon.com: Classic Salmon Fly Patterns: Over 1700 Patterns from the Golden Age of Tying (9780811708524): Michael D. Radencich: Books Amazon.com: Classic Salmon Fly Patterns: Over 1700 Patterns from the Golden Age of Tying (9780811708524): Michael D. Radencich: Books
which has the patterns for 1700 of the flies from yesteryear, as well as photos for most of them. I bought it -PHENOMENAL. These patterns are from the books link you to in the PM
There are many others, including those by Dunham, Frodin, more by Radencich, Bob Frandsen .... the list goes on. I"m interested mostly in tying these flies, hence my penchant to recommend these fly tying books. While they may not be great for techniques etc in todays age, much of the info is good in terms of historical perspective of the flies used in the past, and indeed still used today.

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Default Re: Good Salmon fishing books?

Go to a local outfitter !!!!
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Default Re: Good Salmon fishing books?

Thanks so much! I am just beginning to enjoy these suggestions.
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