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The Domesday Book of Giant Salmon

(Firefly Books, London; 2008; 488 pages) Somehow, this large, heavy, and doubtless expensive tome made its way to my local library. Author Fred Buller spent years combing the archives of "Fishing Gazette," "The Field," letters, diaries, and other sources, for records of the largest Atlantic salmon taken anywhere, by any method. Apparently such fish are noteworthy only when they are fifty pounds and up. The major chapters include "Salmon over 50 lb. caught on fly," Salmon between 50 and 60 lb. method uncertain," "Salmon over 60 lb caught by any method," "Tales of lost fish," and other appendices.

Far from being limited to grainy old black and white photos, this handsomely mounted volume contains many fine, recent color photos of famous pools on storied rivers, plus some fine paintings. Although this isn't a book about spey fishing as such, obviously the majority of these fish were taken with two-handed rods. And although the European sporting tradition respects prawn, worms and other bait, and spoons and other lures, it matters to Buller and most sportsmen who pursue salmo Salar whether a fly was the weapon of choice or not.

This sentence, from 1907, caught my eye: "In those days my salmon rod consisted of an 18-foot greenheart with a very heavy reel, and it was at least a week before one's back was properly able to cope with it..."

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Far from being limited to grainy old black and white photos, this handsomely mounted volume contains many fine, recent color photos of famous pools on storied rivers, plus some fine paintings.
Not all the photograghs are correctly titled, the one of Lower Shaw Pool River Deveron is actually the Bridge Pool Delfur on the River Spey.

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