Author: E. Richard Nightingale
Publisher: PALADIN PRESS, Sep 2000
Original paintings by Thomas Aquinas Daly. The most instructive salmon book in 40 years. Illustrations, 150 color and B/W photos; 8x11 inches, 480 pgs.
An artful blend of technology, analysis, and lyrical prose, it is the perfect complement to Lee Wulff's 1958 classic on Atlantic salmon. Nightingale has been fly fishing most of his life and has been seriously chasing and studying salmon for more than three decades. In the first half of the book, he offers a totally new look at fly rods and lines, a critical evaluation of fly reels, new insights into how one chooses salmon flies, a comprehensive examination of knots and leaders, and an extensive and unbiased review of other fishing tackle and equipment. Heart-felt, sobering evaluation of the life and conservation of the Atlantic salmon, including its stresses imposed by man and the role of catch-and-release. He then examines the "fishing experience," capturing one's first salmon to his landing the 20-pounder on a size 16 single hook that qualified him for Lee Wulff's exclusive Sixteen-Twenty Club.