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By
Daniel Göz
Title
7 Degrees South
Production
RGB and Alpha Studio, Alphonse Film, 2013
Running
68+13 minutes
Price
0.00
7 Degrees South
By Daniel Göz
A fascinating and beautiful feature from the Alphonse and St. Francois Atolls in the Seychelles, where we follow five local fishing guides as they pursue their favorite fish

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 6 out of 7


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Author
Don MacLean
Title
A Little Thing I Tied Myself
Publisher
Nimbus Publishing, 2006
ISBN
9781551095370
Pages
144
Price
CA$19.95
A Little Thing I Tied Myself
By Don MacLean
Nice book about Canadian east coast fly tyers and their flies with patterns, with stories of the flies and the tiers. Not impressing, B/W illustrations throughout and color plates in the end, but a very nice read.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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Author
John M. Likakis
Title
Bass Bug Basics
Publisher
Countryman Press, 2004
ISBN
9780881506136
Pages
96
Price
UK£9.95
Bass Bug Basics
By John M. Likakis
A nice intro to tying bass bugs, but not exactly impressing. It does contain some good tips, but dull B/W print and small page count disappoints me in this book on one of my favtorite fly-tying subjects: tying with deer hair.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 3 out of 7


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Author
Tom Rosenbauer
Title
Casting illusions
Publisher
Swan Hill, 1991
ISBN
9781853101854
Pages
144
Price
US$19.95
Casting illusions
By Tom Rosenbauer
A beautiful book with fairly short texts about fly fishing experiences in general accompanied by lots of really nice pictures by some of the best photographers in the business. Simple and no-nonsense. Available at very low prices both new and used - down to 1 - 5 US$.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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Author
Paul Ptalis
Title
Century end
Publisher
Frank Amato, 2000
ISBN
9781571882189
Pages
80
Price
US$19.95
Notes
The book dates back to 2000, but is still available new. Used copies go for about 10 US$.
Century end
By Paul Ptalis
Beautiful flies, beautiful pictures. Classic salmon flies at their best.
The intro shows some general guidelines for tying well shaped and proportioned full dressed flies. The main section is a bunch of stunning flies with large and detailed pictures and materials lists and the last part is a excellent and very thorough coverage of hook choices for these large classics.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 5 out of 7


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Author
Robin Armstrong
Title
Chalk Streams and Lazy Trout
Publisher
Hutchinson, 1991
ISBN
9780091742102
Pages
96
Price
UK£16.99
Chalk Streams and Lazy Trout
By Robin Armstrong
Robin Armstrong has been painting most of his life, but also used to be a river keeper. This book catches the life on a chalkstream in beautiful images and nicely written text. Also see our article about the artist here.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 5 out of 7


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By
Intrepid Angler
Title
Destination Trout - New Zealand
Production
Intrepid Angler, 2006
Running
180 minutes
Price
USD16.00
Destination Trout - New Zealand
By Intrepid Angler
If you have plans to go to New Zealand or just want a confirmation that New Zealand is a worthwhile destination to put on your list of places to fish before you lay down your rods, this is a DVD you want to watch. It's some years old, and not quite up to today's standards, but it has an amazing running time of three hours and a very systematic coverage of both well known and lesser know locations, offering a very thorough coverage and a mouth wetting appetizer for anyone with NZ dreams.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 5 out of 7


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Author
Terry Hellekson
Title
Fish Flies I and II
Publisher
Gibbs Smith, 2005
Pages
832+408
Price
US$50.00
Notes
The books vary greatly in availability and price, and the couple can sometimes be had for $30.- for both.
Fish Flies I and II
By Terry Hellekson
An impressing couple of books. An encyclopedia of fly patterns, history and tying methods. Huge and with enormous amounts of material.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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Author
Philip Weigall
Title
Fishing Sense
Publisher
Exisle Publishing, 2011
ISBN
9781921497926
Pages
192
Price
AU$36.99
Fishing Sense
By Philip Weigall
Compared to Fishing Season, this is a slightly more practical and less anecdotal book from Australian Philip Weigall, but still some wonderful stories in a beautiful, small package.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 5 out of 7


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Author
Aaron J. Adams
Title
Fly Fisherman's Guide to Saltwater Prey
Publisher
Stackpole Books, 2008
ISBN
978-0-8117-3460-8
Pages
206
Price
US$21.95
Fly Fisherman's Guide to Saltwater Prey
By Aaron J. Adams
If you are into fly fishing saltwater and like to tie your own flies, this is a book worth considering. Running through a number of groups and species of widespread prey, Aaron Adams covers warm water predators and prey and shows all species and patterns in hundreds of color photos.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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Author
Will Rice
Title
Fly-Fishing Secrets of Alaska's Best Guides
Publisher
Stackpole Books, 2006
ISBN
978-0-8117-3313-7
Pages
182
Price
$19.95
Fly-Fishing Secrets of Alaska's Best Guides
By Will Rice
A guidebook to Alaska's best waters, organized by region. I'd probably still want to hire a guide if I was making the trip, but this book will give the reader some thoughts on where to go and what to expect.

Book
Read by: Bob Petti


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Author
Grant McClintock
Title
Flywater
Publisher
Universe/Rizolli, 2010
ISBN
9780789320919
Pages
224
Price
US$45.00
Flywater
By Grant McClintock
An impressing photo book in the true coffee table sense. A large, thick and beautiful book with pages up and pages down of stunning photos from the American west. For people who love great photos and the classical rivers of the western US.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 5 out of 7


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Author
R. Valentine Atkinson
Title
Friends on the Water
Publisher
Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2007
ISBN
9781584795735
Pages
192
Price
US$ (but available f35.00
Friends on the Water
By R. Valentine Atkinson
Atkinson's photos are all over the place: in magazines, in catalogs, in books, online and offline. That means that we have seen a lot of them already, and I have been disappointed before when buying Atkinson books. But this one features a lot of images that I haven't seen before as well as stories in the usual R. Valentine Atkinson style: written by mainly well-known fly anglers.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 5 out of 7


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By
Mountain Media
Title
Giants of the Em
Production
Mountain Media, 2009
Running
56+40 minutes
Price
Euros19.90
Giants of the Em
By Mountain Media
Large Baltic sea trout caught on spey rods in the classical waters of the river Em. Beautiful autumn impressions from a water that has been world class for a century.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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Author
Dave Klausmeyer
Title
Guide Flies
Publisher
Countryman Press, 2003
ISBN
9780881505825
Pages
128
Price
US$30.00
Guide Flies
By Dave Klausmeyer
Klausemeyer's style is impeccable although not very exciting. The book is a catalog of US flies, mainly trout flies for stream use, illustrated with a photo and accompanied by a materials list and a short description of the fly, the guide behind it and a bit about where and how to fish it. Not exactly ground breaking in form or content, but a nice supplement to a fly tying library.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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Author
Landon Mayer
Title
How To Catch the Biggest Trout of your Life
Publisher
Wild River Press, 2007
ISBN
978-0-9746427-6-5
Pages
159
Price
$29.95
How To Catch the Biggest Trout of your Life
By Landon Mayer
For those who are interested in chasing the biggest trout around, this book is chock full of excellent advice.

Book
Read by: Bob Petti


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Author
Lefty Kreh
Title
Lefty's Favorite Fly-Fishing Waters
Publisher
The Lyons Press, 2004
ISBN
1-59228-494-9
Pages
175
Price
$14.95
Lefty's Favorite Fly-Fishing Waters
By Lefty Kreh
Another escapee from "Lefty's Little Library", where he describes his favorite places to fish for all sorts of different fish. Man oh man - this guy really has been there and done that. Over and over again.

Book
Read by: Bob Petti


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Author
Peter O'Rielly
Title
Loughs of Ireland
Publisher
Merlin Unwin Books, 2007
ISBN
9781873674727
Pages
320
Price
UK£20.00
Loughs of Ireland
By Peter O'Rielly
Peter O'Rielly is the definite authority on fishing in Ireland, and in this book he covers lake fishing (loughs) in his usual, thorough manner.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


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Author
Jim C. Chapralis
Title
Master your Fly Casting!
Publisher
Angling Matters, 2006
ISBN
978-0-970865368
Pages
216
Price
US$16.95
Master your Fly Casting!
By Jim C. Chapralis
Chapralis is one of the grand old men in fly casting and has taken part in casting competition both as a younger man and lately as a senior. In this book he conveys his knowledge about casting in an entertaining and educating manner, and teaches you to cast through games and practical advice.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


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By
Dec Hogan
Title
Modern Spey Casting
Production
Frank Amato Publications, 2005
Running
45 minutes
Price
US$25.00
Modern Spey Casting
By Dec Hogan
An American angle on the spey rod renaissance or "craze" with a very practical and applicable approach to this style of casting. Dec Hogan breaks down the Spey and underhand casts into clear and simple types and demonstrates each in detail.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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By
Robert Thompson
Title
Night of the Hex
Production
Thirdyearflyfisher, 2010
Running
31 minutes
Price
US$ shipped (US only17.00
Night of the Hex
By Robert Thompson
A video about the fabled Hex fishing in Michigan. Lots of personal stories about the fishing, beautiful river scenery... and fishing in the dark where the Hexagenia hatches.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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By
Mountain Media
Title
Patagonian Silver
Production
Mountain Media, 2011
Running
66+37 minutes
Price
US$30.00
Patagonian Silver
By Mountain Media
A journey to the amazingly windy realms of southern Argentina in the pursuit of large sea run sea trout.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 5 out of 7


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By
Barry Reynolds
Title
Pike on the Fly
Production
BT2 Productions, 2008
Running
68 minutes
Price
US$29.95
Pike on the Fly
By Barry Reynolds
Endless pike action with large fish being caught from boat. Entertaining indeed!

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 5 out of 7


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Author
John Juracek
Title
Portraits of a Fly-Fishing Landscape
Publisher
Pruett Publishing Company, 2002
ISBN
0871089165
Pages
64
Price
US$ used50.00
Portraits of a Fly-Fishing Landscape
By John Juracek
I bought this book based on the cover and imagined a nice, large coffee table book with a wealth of gorgeous pictures. A used price of well above 30 UK£ or 50 US$ indicated the same. But my disappointment was big when I saw the book. The images are gorgeous alright, but the book is a small and thin paperback without the least coffee table effect. I could of course have looked at the physical description of the book: 64 pages and a modest size of 22*16 centimeters or 8½ by 6 inches.
Considering the price, that's a VERY expensive book, and not at all what I imagined - even though the images ARE beautiful.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 3 out of 7


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Author
Barry Ord Clarke
Title
Proven Patterns
Publisher
Coch-y-Bonddu Books. Machynlleth, 2012
Pages
35
Price
UK£ each 3.95
Proven Patterns
By Barry Ord Clarke
The concept of small booklets with patterns has been seen before, and offers a quick overview over a small number of patterns in a small handy and not least inexpensive format. Barry Ord Clarke's first three booklets offer 10-15 patterns, some with detailed step-by-step pictures and some just with a single image or two, a materials list and tying instructions. The pictures are very high quality and the average quality of the booklets is equally high. The price is about 4 UK£ or 6 US$ per book, which is a very low price for a book, but not dirt cheap when you consider that you get about 35 pages in a very small format. Still some very accessible books, which are perfect for beginning fly tyers. More titles are underway with more salmon flies, bass flies, carp flies an many more.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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By
FlyBoys
Title
Raising the Ghost
Production
FlyBoys, 2009
Running
69 minutes
Price
US$29.00
Raising the Ghost
By FlyBoys
Action and conservation, displaying some thrilling dry fly fishing for steelhead (with dead drifted green drakes!), but also airing the concern that many anglers have for this magnificent fish. Chaotic trip and video, but certainly entertaining.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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Author
Lefty Kreh
Title
Saltwater Fly Patterns
Publisher
The Lyons Press, 1995
ISBN
9781558213371
Pages
224
Price
US$19.95
Saltwater Fly Patterns
By Lefty Kreh
This is a fly tying book from 1995 and that's pretty obvious when you run through it. Simple in scope, plain and fairly boring plates of a bunch of flies accompanied by a pattern description with materials listings. Not much new, and not much to be excited about.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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Author
ron P. swegman
Title
Small Fry
Publisher
Whitefish Press, 2009
Pages
122
Price
US$24.95
Small Fry
By ron P. swegman
Small Fry is the physical incarnation of an online experiment performed by author ron P. swegman and this site in cooperation. A series of chapters or short stories, written and illustrated by swegman and published here during 2008. The complete text can be read online here, but if you want it on paper, this is it!

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 5 out of 7


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Author
John Ross
Title
Streams of Dreams
Publisher
Apple Press, 1999
ISBN
9781840922318
Pages
192
Price
US$12.99
Streams of Dreams
By John Ross
A book about fishing destinations, mainly streams, all over the world with nice pictures. I read the short chapter on Denmark with a slight smirk on my face. Not much in-depth information, but a recommendation of one of my flies! A recommendation I'm almost sure must come from GFF, but which - along with other recommended flies - is not a stream fly...
As is the case with so many of these ultra-short guide books, I'd have preferred a book with much more info on fewer places or a plain photo book that didn't pretend to be a guide.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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By
John Ball
Title
The Angler's Paradise
Production
John Ball Productions,
Running
70 minutes
Price
NZ$39.95
The Angler's Paradise
By John Ball
A nice contemporary as well as historical account of the fishing in New Zealand's Lake Taupo told though images, video and interviews.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


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Author
Pat Ford
Title
The Best Fly-Fishing trips Money Can Buy
Publisher
Stackpole Books, 2006
ISBN
978-0-8117-0179-2
Pages
148
Price
$39.95
The Best Fly-Fishing trips Money Can Buy
By Pat Ford
If money was no object, where would you go fishing? This book has some ideas on that, and a gazillion beautiful pictures of amazing fish in amazing places.

Book
Read by: Bob Petti


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Author
Ed Jaworowski
Title
The Cast
Publisher
Stackpole Books, 2006
ISBN
978-0-8117-3257-4
Pages
240
Price
US$22.00
The Cast
By Ed Jaworowski
A paperback reprint of Ed's 1992 book. The one-and-only casting class I ever took was taught by Ed. What a treat. The man knows what he is doing. It will be interesting to see if anything has changed in the world of casting since originally published.

Book
Read by: Bob Petti


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By
Steve Couper
Title
The Dead Drift
Production
Stealth Films, 2008
Running
65 minutes
Price
NZ$35.00
The Dead Drift
By Steve Couper
A very educating and beautiful DVD about NZ fishing with guide Dean Bell as a very good angler and instructor.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 6 out of 7


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By
Niels Vestergaard
Title
The Fish & The Fly 4
Production
Wide Open Outdoor Film,
Running
54 minutes
Price
US$37.00
The Fish & The Fly 4
By Niels Vestergaard
Another excellent video in the series The Fish and the Fly, this time about streamer fishing with fishing trips, flies and video from Iceland, Greenland and Denmark and first and foremost some amazing underwater footage of flies and fish chasing and taking them.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 6 out of 7


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Author
Bob Rich
Title
The Fishing Club
Publisher
The Lyons Press, 2006
ISBN
978-1-59228-929-5
Pages
258
Price
$24.95
The Fishing Club
By Bob Rich
A collection of who's who and where's where of the fly fishing world, as Bob Rich rubs elbows with the famous and well-to-do.

Book
Read by: Bob Petti


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Author
Tom Rosenbauer
Title
The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide
Publisher
The Lyons Press, 2007
ISBN
978-1-59228-818-2
Pages
271
Price
US$24.95
The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide
By Tom Rosenbauer
An excellent, udpated overview of fly fishing as you would expect from someone like Tom Rosenbauer.

Book
Read by: Bob Petti


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Author
Tom Rosenbauer
Title
The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies
Publisher
Universe/Rizolli, 2011
ISBN
9780789322692
Pages
208
Price
US$35.00
The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies
By Tom Rosenbauer
A beautiful large format book with a detailed background story and tying instructions for a number of truly classical flies in all categories. Garnished with tonnes of excellent photos.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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By
Henrik Mortensen
Title
The Scandinavian Spey Cast - Part II
Production
Newsline Video Production/Henrik Mortensen, 2009
Running
103 minutes
Price
US$39.95
The Scandinavian Spey Cast - Part II
By Henrik Mortensen
Lots of very nice footage of very nice salmon caught in very nice water. Concentrating on dry fly fishing for salmon and on developing your casting technique. Taking place on Bonaventure and the Cascapedias this DVD shows some stunningly clear water and some massive fish striking in the surface.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7


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Author
John Bailey
Title
Trout at Ten Thousand Feet
Publisher
Stackpole Books, 2003
ISBN
9780811700382
Pages
175
Price
USD19.95
Notes
Available both new and used from about 6 USD
Trout at Ten Thousand Feet
By John Bailey
This book starts with the lines: "If you're even thinking of embarking on the life of a traveller - an angling traveller or not makes not a jot of difference - there are plenty of things to get straight in your head." and tells about the travels and fishing experiences of the author in an entertaining, humorous way, easy to read and illustrated with nice little B/W vignettes.
This is a 10-year old book, which must be bought used and is no longer listed on the publisher's site, but still well worth the used price, which typically starts as low as 5 US$ in spite of the 20 US$ cover price.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 5 out of 7


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Author
Bob Wyatt
Title
Trout Hunting
Publisher
Stackpole Books, 2005
ISBN
0-8117-0122-0
Pages
191
Price
US$39.95
Trout Hunting
By Bob Wyatt
This is a book that gets better every time I pick it up. Some of the photos inside reflect the dawn of the digital camera (i.e. a little noisy), but buy the book for the text, not the pretty pictures.

Book
Read by: Bob Petti


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Author
James Prosek
Title
Trout of the World
Publisher
Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2003
ISBN
9781584791522
Pages
224
Price
US$50.00
Notes
The book is just 10-15 US$ used
Trout of the World
By James Prosek
A stunningly beautiful and fascinating book in spite of its extremely simple concept: paint a picture of each of as many trout species and variations as possible. Simple images: a fish flat on its side on white background. But Prosek's fabulous style and the sheer number and variations is enough to spellbind.

Book
Read by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 6 out of 7


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By
Dean Hodson, John Pearson, Dean Andrews & John Tyzack
Title
Urban Flyfishing
Production
Fish On Productions, 2010
Running
140 minutes
Price
UK£ 24.95
Urban Flyfishing
By Dean Hodson, John Pearson, Dean Andrews & John Tyzack
An introduction to an undervalued and underestimated fishing destination: fishing in the middle of the city. Starting out about a mile from the center of UK town Sheffield, Dean Andrews & John Tyzack take us fishing for urban trout and grayling in their usual chatting and educating style.

DVD/Video
Seen by: Martin Joergensen


GFF rating: 4 out of 7



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