A Master's Guide to Atlantic Salmon Fishing

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Here for the first time is a disciplined, scientific alternative to the standard ``chuck-it-and-chance-it'' approach to fishing for Atlantic salmon. By matching fly choice and technique to climatic and stream conditions, anglers can dramatically improve their chances of success. This book's detailed, fully illustrated angling scenarios help readers adapt techniques to their own day on their own river. In addition, a comprehensive where-to-go section covers major Atlantic salmon rivers worldwide.

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To many anglers--especially fly-fishers--the Atlantic salmon is the pinnacle of all game fish. They leap, they run--heck, most of the time they ignore you and your fly completely, making for an especially challenging quarry. But when you hook into one, it's not an experience you'll soon forget. The Master's Guide is an attractive, info-packed tour through the storied world of Atlantic salmon fishing. Starting with the fish's life history and moving through chapters on equipment, reading water, choosing flies, and landing fish, the Guide covers all the basics and then some. The author, Bill Cummings, was a scientist before devoting his life to angling, and his prior avocation shines through in the text, which is concise, well organized, and accompanied by drawings and diagrams. A foreword by noted fly-fishing technician Lefty Kreh and color plates of popular salmon flies round out the package.

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The Atlantic salmon is the pinnacle, the ultimate gamefish for freshwater anglers. Its allure comes in part from the challenge of coaxing a nonfeeding fish to take a fly--and the skill it takes to play a fish that can weigh anywhere from 3 to 35 pounds.

Angling success depends critically on fly selectiong and method of presentation, and evaluation of the river and the weather. Bill Cummings was trained as a scientist and has been salmon fishing since the 1950s. He has organized his observations and experiments, and those of others, into this comprehensive introduction to the sport, including insights into the skill and judgment needed to play your fish, and advice on releasing your catch unharmed. In addition, he provides detailed where-to advice from resident experts who have spent years on such rivers as the Miramichi, Matane, and Margaree.

A Master's Guide to Atlantic Salmon Fishing breaks new ground on theories of light and attraction, selecting flies and casting techniques, and reading the water and ambient light and weather. A detailed discussion of fly selection is accompanied by color photographs and tying instructions for 24 highly successful flies.

"Bill is quiet but observant. His book represents a lifetime of fishing for the Atlantic salmon by someone who obviously loves the sport. Anyone who shares this love will enjoy this book."--from the Foreword by Lefty Kreh

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