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The Atlantic Salmon Handbook: An Atlantic Salmon Federation Book : A Compact Guide to All Aspects of Fly Fishing for the King of Game Fish Hardcover – November, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Pr (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558215107
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558215108
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,014,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every year, thousands of dedicated fly fishers join the salmon-fishing tradition. This book is both an introduction to and an overview of salmon fishing. All aspects of angling, from equipment to ethics, are covered in this handbook. Chapters include: the biology of the Atlantic salmon; salmon country; when to go; gearing up; the flies, including a color section of the most popular salmon flies; the river; hooking and landing salmon; techniques for dour fish; and the ethics of salmon fishing. Peter Bodo liberally sprinkles the text with interesting and helpful anecdotes. With a valuable appendix listing public fishing opportunities and river-by-river catch statistics, The Atlantic Salmon Handbook provides enough knowledge so beginning and even advanced fly fishers can go out and fish effectively and confidently. (7 X 10 1/4, 224 pages, color photos, b&w photos, diagrams, charts)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Atlantic Salmon Handbook seems to cover most of the basics reasonably well, although I was still left with some questions after reading it. Also, the author's chatty style leads to numerous digressions that distract the reader and make the book less organized and more difficult to read. I would suggest checking into alternatives to the Atlantic Salmon Handbook, but if none is available, this book is "good enough for government work."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guy Rouleau on October 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book covers all aspects of Atlantic Salmon fishing with clear and experienced explanations .
A must for advanced and beginners !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maynard F. Thomson on July 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
Peter Bodo's book is a useful introduction to the quest for salmo salar, the magnificent Atlantic salmon whose leaps at the end of a fly line in Eastern Canada (sadly, the great beast is now effectively gone from US waters), once seen, turn otherwise sane people into obsessives. In a few, easily-understood pages, Mr. Bodo manages to convey the objectively ridiculous but subjectively addictive passion excited by the expensive, often uncomfortable and usually fruitless effort to entice a fish that doesn't eat in fresh water to bite at a fly so that the angler, if all goes well, can bring it close enough to let it go.

Since, as Mr. Bodo freely admits, angling skill has only the most tenuous relationship to success in establishing the brief connection between man and fish the law permits, there is something poignantly other-worldly in the author's lucid exposition of flies and techniques employed on the great Canadian salmon rivers; his real message is: "It's about fishing, not catching fish." And having seen a few of the silver-black behemoths tail-walk a Miramichi pool before spitting out my feathered enticement, I know he's right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Larmouth on April 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
Bodo removes much of the mystery (and some of the mystique) from fly fishing for Atlantic salmon in a straightforward and virile style. As one getting started (at last!) I found this book very helpful, especially in times of year, access, equipment, flies, and the basics of fishing with classic methods. I expect to become aware of the more arcane subtleties involved in persuading a salmon to take a fly, but I think I can at least begin on a solid footing--without spending a king's ransom for flies and other equipment. The mysteries can come later, on the water.
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More About the Author

Pete is one of the most well-known journalists writing on professional tennis, as well as an avid outdoorsman who's written extensively about fly-fishing, deer hunting, and conservation and environmental issues. Born in Austria to Hungarian parents his family emigrated to the U.S. when Pete was age 4, in 1953. He grew up in New York and suburban New Jersey and began to write about tennis during the "tennis boom" of the 1970s. Since then, he's covered every major tennis tournament numerous times, and has gone on assignment to locales such as Beijing, China, Monte Carlo, Ecuador, Moscow, Hawaii, and Australia. He was the winner of the WTA writer of the year award twice, in 1979 and 1981. His pioneering weblog at Tennis.com, Peter Bodo's TennisWorld, is widely read by an international audience. While tennis has been the dominant theme in Pete's professional life, he's covered events as diverse as the Ali vs. Foreman "Rumble in the Jungle" heavyweight title fight, NCAA Final Four tournament, Major League Baseball, world-class soccer matches, Indianapolis 500, NFL playoffs, and pro bass fishing events. Pete also was a principal "Outdoors" columnist for the New York Times, and a columnist for the Atlantic Salmon Journal. He's written a number of books about his experiences as an angler and hunter, including a picaresque novel with a fly-fishing theme, The Trout Whisperers. Pete divides his time between New York, where he lives with his wife Lisa and son Luke, and their farm in the Catskill town of Andes, N.Y.