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Barr, David The Haig Guide to Salmon Fishing in Scotland , London: Macdonald, 1981

First edition. Blue cloth quarto 26x20 cm, many col and bw ills, index Pagination: 192. Salmon Fishing in Scotland is written both for the regular visitor to Scottish waters and also for those less fortunate mortals for whom a rod on the Spey or the Oykel or any of the famous beats it describes remains, sadly, a glorious dream. With contributions from leading fishing writers, the book looks at every aspect of Scottish salmon fishing, from the mystique of the country itself, its lochs and burns, its mountains and moors, to suggestions on how to pack, freeze and cook the fish when it is caught.<P>The largest section covers the principal rivers of the Scottish mainland. Bill ‘Rogie’ Brown, whose knowledge of the rivers is unsurpassed, gives details information on seasons, pools, techniques and how to obtain a rod. The rivers are illustrated with detailed maps showing the beats, the main towns and access points.<P>There is a fascinating account of the life cycle of the salmon, an explanation of how the geological formation of the Scottish landscape contributed to making Scotland the world’s greatest natural salmon pool, and Wilson Stephens, formerly editor of The Field, writes of the changing face of Scottish fishing.<P>Illustrated throughout with superb colour photographs of the rivers, this book is the ideal companion for the salmon fisherman, actual or would-be, as well as visitors to Scotland. Contents: Scotland, a paradise for fishermen; How the rivers and lochs were formed; The life cycle of the Atlantic salmon; Scottish law and the salmon; Flies and tackle; The changing scene; The rivers and lochs; North of the Caledonian Canal (The Thurso; The Halladale; The Wick; The Helmsdale; The Brora; The Kyle of Sutherland; The Conon; The Beauly; Loch Ness area; Fort William area; The Kirkaig; The Ewe and Loch Maree; The Croe); North East Scotland (The Findhorn; The Spey; The Deveron; The Don; The Dee); East and South East Scotland (The North Esk; The South Esk; The Tay; The Earn; The Tweed); West and South West Scotland (The Annan; The Nith; The Ayrshire Rivers; Loch Lomond; The Awe and the Orchy); Salmon for the table. Book: head/tail a little bumped, prelims sl foxed, rear endpaper a little dusty, VG, Jacket: clipped, inner flaps a little yellowed to edges, light edge creasing, VG (Book ref. 2916 )  £ 14.00

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