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Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies

by Paul C Marriner

Gale’s End Press, Mahone Bay NS, 2009

New, Hardcover Spiral Bound, 8.5X 11”, 160 pages
Signed by author.

Price $45.00 + $20 shipping


The first edition of Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies went out of print in 2009, but remained in demand. What made it unique, carried on in the 2nd edition, 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 river and conditions indices.

Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies, 2nd Edition, has 158, 8.5 x 11-inch pages. Hard covered for durability, it is spiral-bound for easy reading and lay-flat use. The second edition features 417 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. Recipes for, 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, wrote: Gathered here are the modern flies that entice Atlantic salmon in all those magical rivers where they endure.