Best modern salmon fishing book recommendations

Gerryatric72

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I have a good collection of books including Falkus’s bibles but many when I check were written many years ago, like Richard Waddington’s (just checked 1978.)
I guess the internet gives out a lot of info but as someone who needs to read to learn( read that as Billy no mates) what up to date books can anyone recommend please? I presume the principles are the same but is there any fresh thinking?
 

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The thing is what the likes of Falkus wrote all those years ago is still relevant today. Yes they were written in times of plenty and tackle has moved on but Salar hasn't changed (other than numbers) so I dont think you'll find anything new in the latest books that will give you a cutting edge or new approach than what the old boys wrote.
 

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The thing is what the likes of Falkus wrote all those years ago is still relevant today. Yes they were written in times of plenty and tackle has moved on but Salar hasn't changed (other than numbers) so I dont think you'll find anything new in the latest books that will give you a cutting edge or new approach than what the old boys wrote.
Must agree,also the francis grant book is not an easy read,and i beleive now rather expensive ,whereas the falkus book is very reasonably priced.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I have both Falkus salmon and sea trout books together with his other books he wrote.and some of his videos. Just wonder what complete novices make of greased line fishing etc?
I understand the Francis T Grant book is heavy going !
 

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The reason the Grant book appears such heavy going, is it's a step to two above the Falkus books on a technical level.
As such its not a "how to" book, more of a what do you do when the std. approach has drawn a blank for you, or you are looking for more from your fishing.
Its very much a book for those who are looking to improve their fishing over and above the std. 45 deg. cast, swing, steps approach.
Probably this book will start to make sense to anyone once they've got a grip of what Falkus preach's and are ready to absorb more.
I'd probably agree its not a volume for the rank beginner!
Pedro.
 

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I recommend ‘Successful Sea Trout Angling by Graeme Harris & Moc Morgan’ first published 1989. Yes I know it is about sea trout but the authors have moved on from the Hugh Falkus volumes and what they say for sea trout can give and understanding that can then be applied to salmon. In MHO a modern thinkers classic.

For spinning the enthusiast my want to read ‘The Salmon & Sea Trout Fisher’s Handbook by Hugh Falkus with Malcolm Greenhalgh’ published 1997. Not, in my opinion a book for fly fishing but I found the two chapters on spinning excellent.
 

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The reason the Grant book appears such heavy going, is it's a step to two above the Falkus books on a technical level.
As such its not a "how to" book, more of a what do you do when the std. approach has drawn a blank for you, or you are looking for more from your fishing.
Its very much a book for those who are looking to improve their fishing over and above the std. 45 deg. cast, swing, steps approach.
Probably this book will start to make sense to anyone once they've got a grip of what Falkus preach's and are ready to absorb more.
I'd probably agree its not a volume for the rank beginner!
Pedro.
Just bought it for £30, looks like it goes for much more so happy bunny. You can never have enough Salmon books :)
 

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Looks good , have a you read it?
Yes, I have, one of our October Tweed crew now has it somewhere in deepest Wales...it’s not rocket science, and I could see what he was getting at most of the time (sadly he’s no longer with us, died far too young). Best description would be not your normal salmon fisher beginners book.
 

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Here are we go:

"Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies" by Paul Marriner published by Frank Amato. I think there's a new edition.

General reading/technique:

"Salmon Fishing - a Practical Guide" by Hugh Falkus. Like Ard, I've heard the Topher Browne's book is good. Dunno, haven't seen it.

For stories and reminescences:

"Six Salmon Rivers and Another" and "The song of the reel" by George Frederick Clarke. You can try to find more books on e-books torrent sites
 
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