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The World of Fly-Fishing, The Greatest Fly-Fishing Worldwide for Trout and Salmon, Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish

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Reviewed by Terry Lawton

The World of Fly-Fishing, The Greatest Fly-Fishing Worldwide for Trout and Salmon, Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish, with photography by R Valentine Atkinson and a foreword by Nick Lyons, is an anthology of fishing writing covering the best destinations around the world, illustrated by more than 300 of Valentine Atkinson's photographs. As Nick Lyons writes in his foreword, the book is a visual and verbal feast, a collection of superb photographs and wonderful essays.

Something that makes this book more than a coffee table book is the factfile included at the end of each country/destination section. Countries covered include the USA, Canada, Iceland, The UK and Ireland, Norway, Russia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and Christmas Islands. As good a choice as anyone could hope for.

The essays include contributions from David Profumo, Bill Currie and Leonard M Wright Jr which have not been published elsewhere while all the rest have been published in either books or fishing magazines. Other contributors include John Gierach, Nick Lyons, Tom McGuane, Clive Gammon, Art Lee, David Street, JW Hills, Neil Patterson, Ernest Schwiebert, Zane Grey, Verlyn Klinkenberg, Brian Clarke, Roderick Haig-Brown, Russell Chatham and Peter Kaminsky.

The book is a master-piece of design and reproduction that will grace any book shelf. It is printed to a very high standard on a very nice pale cream paper. While I am sure that all Valentine Atkinson's photographs are technically of the highest order, I did feel that the subjects and composition of many were a little predictable. But it is still a jolly nice book to own and read. A bit too big to read in bed - better in an armchair.

The World of Fly-Fishing, The Greatest Fly-Fishing Worldwide for Trout and Salmon, Tarpon, Permit and Bonefish, photography by R Valentine Atkinson, is published by Duncan Baird Publishers at £25. 320 pages, large format hardback.






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