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Fly Fishing for Pacific Salmon
by Bruce Ferguson, Les Johnson and Pat Trotter
Published by Frank Amato Publications
P.O. Box 82112, Portland Oregon 97282
Phone: 503-653-8108 email Frank Amato Publications
Any fly fisher even slightly interested
in pacific salmon needs this book. Published in 1985, by
Frank Amato Publications, the book is currently being
revised. Considering the fact that it took the authors, Bruce
Ferguson, Les Johnson, and Pat Trotter eight years to
produce this one, I wouldn't wait for the new edition.
We own several other books on
fly fishing west coast salmon. None of them comes
close to the amount of information contained in this one.
If we could only have one book on the subject, this
would be it.
The bait is shown in color photographs.
When, and where the bait occurs is detailed. Photographs of
fly patterns for each of the various foods for all the salmons
are given - with tying instructions.
Each period of the salmon
migration, from it's home stream to the ocean and back, is
chronicled in separate life histories for each species. Match
the food to the period of salmon development using the flies
given for each period and bingo! Success!
Our copy is dog-eared, coffee stained,
and very well worn. Tactics, techniques (including proper
casts and retrieves-different for each species,) and gear for
salmon is also extensively covered. It is the very best book
on fishing Pacific salmon we have seen. It made real saltwater
fly fishers out of a couple of Montana dry-fly purists. The
personal fishing stories of the authors will have you geared up!
Once you have the book, be sure to
read the forward. It may explain why it took eight years to
produce.. ~ DB
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