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Giant Salmon: A Record of the Largest Atlantic Salmon Ever Caught Hardcover – September 12, 2008

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[Review of original edition:] An unexpected hit... a lavish, illustrated account of the biggest salmon ever caught. (The Economist)

The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is the undisputed king of game fish and Fred Buller's handsome coffee table-style book is worthy of its subject. Big and heavy -- this book weighs 2.7 kilograms, or almost six pounds -- Giant Salmon tells you everything you ever wanted to know and then some about the legendary species of fish. The result of four decades of research, it traces the history of every Atlantic salmon known to be caught in rivers and 50 pounds (22.7 kilograms) or more. The history unfolds through personal accounts, statistics, maps, tackle, archival photos, illustrations, artwork and a comprehensive bibliography. Buller casts a wide net across Canada, Scotland, Ireland, Sweden, Norway and the U.S. -- wherever dedicated anglers find giant salmon. (Robert Reid Waterloo Region Record 2009-01-24)

An enormous and pricey tome ... Its nearly 500 pages are packed with fishing stories of the true kind. For the fishing enthusiast and naturalist with an interest in salmon, this will be a unique addition to their library. (Jodi DeLong Chronicle Herald 2008-12-07)

Giant Salmon is a fascinating collection of personal accounts, angling statistics and original photographs and artwork telling the true stories of the largest Atlantic salmon ever caught on a fly. Author Fred Buller has spent four decades pursuing stories of Atlantic salmon weighing 50 pounds or more and this handsome book records every salmon weighing that much, so far as Buller has been able to discover... These true, and truly impressive, fish tales are about all sorts of anglers throwing their lines in Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Canada. (Real Fishing 2009-02-00)

More than just a fish tale, this is a cautionary piece of ecological history. (Holiday Books Gift Guide Rocky Mountain News 2008-12-04)

A collection of tales of the largest Atlantics ever caught. (New & Noteworthy Outdoor Canada 2008-12-31)

About the Author

Fred Buller is the author or co-author of numerous books on angling, including Pike, The Domesday Book of Mammoth Pike and Dame Juliana: The Angling Treatyse and Its Mysteries. He has fished salmon for more than 50 years. He lives in England.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; First American Edition edition (September 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155407438X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554074389
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,723,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was wonderful. It is a throwback to the golden age of British publishing. It is well written, beautifully illustrated and a joy to own.
The stories of legendary catches are warm, insightful and written in a way that reminds me of Evelyn Waugh. Odd I know, but the text is, more often than not, literature.

The Economist Magazines' review prompted me to purchase this book.
It was worth every penny and this book is not cheap.
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