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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-09-2009, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Water Music: Of Salmon, Saabs and Spey Rods by David Swan

Has anyone read this book? If so, what's it about (yeah, I know, it's about salmon, Saabs and spey rods, duh!) and did you like it? Sounds like it could be interesting, but who knows from the title.

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I have read it and have it in my shelf. A very nice book and case as I believe is a typical quality of the Meadow Run Press. 124 pp of which 15 artistic black/white photos.

The book is a rather short, personal story by the author of a trip from Sweden up to middle Norway, doing efforts to catch a salmon on a fly. It is highly personal in its form and it is kind of fun to read, and give a great insight into local life and festive (the author is married to a Norwegian girl). The author do not blame to be an expert, and while there is one or two photos of speycasting, he fishes with a single hander himself so don't expect too much from the title.

As a Norwegian, knowing the area he fishes, I cannot resist to feel that he did some wrong decisions underway if he really were to fulfill his dreams of good salmon fishing, so in a way the book can also be read as a way NOT to do it as a foreigner fishing Norway. (It should of course be said that the author's journey is about much more than salmon fishing, not the least to meet his wife's family and friends). The river Stordal where most of the fishing takes place is nowadays far from its better days during the 1980s.

Nice book if you are gathering books and one of the few modern stories of a foreigner fishing Norway (there are so many old books).

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Thanks for the re-cap of the book. Obviously, the author didn't consult with the speypages experts before planning his fishing trip! Sounds like a good, entertaining read and I'll keep my eye out for a used copy somewhere. I'm always interested in fishing stories and it's nice to find a few modern ones that actually reflect our times. It gets frustrating reading about how fantastic the rivers used to be and hearing about all the amazing fishing that we'll probably never again see... Oh well.

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