Books for Flyfishers
The first edition of Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies went out of print in 2009, the 2nd edition in 2016, but it is still in demand. What has made it unique is the frequent inclusion of stories of a pattern's creation or outstanding successes. Moreover, more than 80% of the patterns reference a recommended river, season, or condition. For example, some 100 North American, and a score or so European, salmon rivers appear in the text. All recommendations are collected in the conditions index. The new digital edition follows this tradition.
Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies, Digital Edition, has 477 pages optimized for tablets and phones as well as laptop and desktop computers. With only a very few exceptions each pattern has its own page with a large, quality, image. Like the second print edition it features 417 fully-described patterns, with colour photos and recipes for about 40 more; an increase of almost 25% over the first edition. Text-only descriptions are typically variations of patterns with an image. Two new patterns have been added and one that appeared in the first two print editions deleted. Recipes and images of many salmon flies can be found on the web, but few are shown as tied by the originator; more than 75% of the patterns in Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies are.
Tying Atlantic salmon flies is both utilitarian and a hobby. The patterns in this edition are all working flies, but several offer the dedicated tier a challenge. About the first edition of Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies, John Randolph, former editor/publisher of Fly Fisherman magazine, wrote: "Gathered here are the modern flies that entice Atlantic salmon in all those magical rivers where they endure."
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