Atlantic Salmon Flies and Fishing by Joseph D. Bates

By Joseph D. Bates

A radical reference at the background and stories surrounding salmon fishing. huge information on salmon flies with a variety of colour plates.

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Often these were examples of the style and dressing of specific tiers rather than exact renditions of known patterns. In addition to traditional salmon flies, others were chosen to exhibit unusual and uncommon variations that were noted by the author as being of special interest. In addition to the new color plates, I felt it essential to include patterns to accompany the flies new to the book. As a neophyte at the vise, I know too well the frustration of wanting to tie a specific fly from a color plate and not having or knowing the correct pattern reference.

Half an hour later, comfortably settled at a card table on the porch with drinks beside them, the foursome was playing a hand of five spades which had been doubled and redoubled. The gentleman whose chair faced downstream looked there. "Great gawdamitey," he ejaculated as he dropped the last trump card on a hand already won by his partner. " All four leaped up, ignoring the shaken table that had tipped a tumbler of bourbon and water onto the floor. One reached for binoculars. The neophyte was waist-deep in the pool.

During the last quarter-century or so we have originated tackle and techniques of our ownvery different ones, easier ones, and ones which are at least as successful. Split-bamboo double-handed rods a dozen feet long or more have given way to the single-handed, nine-footer. Even these are no longer very popular except for big fish in wide, fast rivers. Trout-type Page xxviii rods from seven to eight and a half feet long, equipped with efficient reels containing room for 150 yards or more of backing, are much more popular under average conditions.

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