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Paradise Found, Travels with a Fly Rod by Adrian Latimer

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Reviewed by Terry Lawton

After surviving some of the seemingly perennial gales of Patagonia, Adrian Latimer visits what must be one of the most idiosyncratic fly shops around. Situated on the Ile St Louis and surrounded by the river Seine, the Parisian Maison de la Mouche sounds far better than any of the tackle shops written about by Arthur Ransome or, more recently, Andrew Levy in Reflections on the River.

Patagonia, then France and ever onwards to Montana. "This time we were truly out of our depth, attached by the finest thread of desperation to the largest trout the guides had ever seen." And then: "There was no need for exagerration in this trout wonderland. The net held the evidence . . . over ten pounds of wild brown trout.".

In this his second self-published book, Adrian continues his fishing travels to places that most of us continue to dream about. He tells a good story and things don't always go right which is reassuringly human. As well as Patagonia, France and Montana, he writes about the Hampshire Bourne, made famous by Harry Plunkett Green many years ago, Iceland, Norway, salmon fishing in Scotland and Ireland, New Mexico and even a second chance in Patagonia.

As with his first book, Wild Fishing in Wild Places, proceeds from the sale of his book go to the North Atlantic Salmon Fund. So when you buy one of these books, not only are you assured of some great fishing stories and food for dreams, you are making a contribution to a very worthwhile fund, the NASF.Paradise Found,

Travels with a Fly Rod by Adrian Latimer. Published by the author in paperback at £14.50, 215 pages.

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