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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Ghillies and history

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As I am very interested in Atlantic salmon fishing and it's history, I am looking for sources of information on famous ghillies and tyers from places like Norway, Iceland and Scotland.
Does anyone know of books or internet sites that may provide information on this subject?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-23-2019, 03:32 PM
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J. Jones's Guide to Norway and Salmon-Fisher's Pocket Companion - for starters.
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Both classics IMO
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This book by John Shewey also has some good information on some of the early ghillies and history.
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A bunch of famous names. Some of the later guys are North American.

Early: Classics by T.E. Pryce-Tannatt, John James Hardy, George Kelson give late 19th/early 20th century history of salmon flies and technique (Tannatt's is a great book). These should be easily located as free texts on the internet.

Mid: Hugh Falkus, Richard Waddington (his Philosophy and Practice... is still maybe the best), and John Veniard take you through mid-century. Lee Wulff's Bush Pilot Angler about mid-century salmon fishing in Newfoundland is a fantastic book.

"Modern": From the 70s-80s, Keith Fulsher (Charles Krom) has a nice book on the transition to hair wing flies, and Poul Jorgensen and Joseph Bates have famous titles too.

Contemporary: These guys have books too, but they're are so omnipresent on the web in various articles and videos that I haven't read them in print. Look for Alastair Gowan, Mikel Frodin, Topher Browne, and Hans Van Klinken among others.
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You are not going to find much on ghillies or Tyers from Iceland. There is an interesting book called Rivers of Iceland by Stewart which was written in the 1940s I believe. In the early 1900s many rivers in Iceland were leased by wealthy gentlemen from England or elsewhere. This book is by one of those men who leased a river in Iceland for a number of years. He fished the river he leased as well as other rivers itís quite interesting not only for the fishing but also how primitive things were in Iceland at the time.
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A wealth of salmon fishing history in Europe and N America is contained in Fred Buller's two epic volumes -The Domesday Book of Giant Salmon I & II
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Have you posted similar on the salmon fishing forum? They ought to be able to provide some more sources.

Just for interest purposes, there is some debate over whether 'ghillie' or 'gillie' is the correct spelling. According to etymological sources the addition of the 'h' is recent and the correct gaelic expression is 'gillie'. Personally, I prefer my wife's term of 'fish butler'.
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Thanks for all the leads.
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