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First published May 5th 1998 - More than 17 years ago
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Salt Water Flyfishing - Britain & Northern Europe
Reviewed by Martin Joergensen
Date: May 5th 1998
This soup stone project has resulted in an amazing book on a subject - or rather a row of subjects - that have not been covered in one volume before. The title only barely indicates what a wealth and diversity of information can be found on its pages.
Each has contributed one or more sections, and one particularly entertaining and informative chapter recaptures a whole discussion on sea trout fishing that took place in the European online discussion group. The entries in this discussion clearly demonstrates a strength that penetrates the whole book; diversity. Usually this would not be a positive term. It might even be called unhomogenous by some. But in this case the difference in angle, tone and language between each chapter just emphasizes the difference between the fishing and the parts of Europe from wich it comes.
The book contains in depth coverage of most species fishable with fly tackle in Northern Europe and to some extend the Mediterranian area. These are not only the commonly known salt water flyfishing species such as sea trout and bass, but also the rarer mackrel, garfish, coalfish, pike and many more. The chapters - albeit different - will give you a complete guide to the tackle and methods used for the given species, and will make a perfect companion on travels around Europe.
Paul Morgan has also grasped the historic view through chapters adapted from older writings on the subject. Should I utter some critical word about this book it would be on the illustrations. The chapters are kept together by some very beautiful B/W drawings, but the photography and other illustrations are not up to the rest of the book and the fly patterns illustrated also by photos and drawings are not representative of any flies that I know or use in salt water.
Highly recommended to any salt water or European flyfisher - or any curious flyfisher for that matter.