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Hugh Falkus Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing - CD

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Reviewed by Terry Lawton

The Flyfisher's Classic Library's new CD of the late Hugh Falkus talking on salmon and sea trout fishing is an aural delight. Twenty-five years ago a BBC producer Keith Allan persuaded Hugh Falkus to record on tape his thoughts on salmon and sea trout fishing but sadly the resulting cassette has been out of production for quite some time. The FFCL has done us all a favour by releasing the original recordings on CD.

Although the recordings were made 25 years ago, some on the banks of Falkus' favourite river Esk, I am sure that most of the advice is still as valid today as it was then. After all, the fundamental behaviour of salmon and sea trout has not changed. The sound effects of Falkus casting, the running water, the scream of the reel when playing a salmon or sea trout all add to the delight of listening to Falkus's well-modulated voice. As well as an important writer on salmon and sea trout fishing and Spey casting, Falkus was a respected broadcaster and narrator of The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. There is plenty of re-assurance for any fishermen struggling to catch a salmon or an elusive sea trout in this recording.

As the accompanying information says, you can listen to this CD at home and imagine yourself on the banks of the river. You should certainly play it in the car on the way to the river, for inspiration and to increase the building anticipation, and even on the way home to discover where you might have gone wrong. Both sides are about 30 minutes in length.

Buy this CD for yourself and listen to when you are stuck in a traffic jam. Or get someone to buy it for you: it's a great present, at any time of the year. If you have not yet read any of Hugh Falkus' books, this is a very good introduction to the man and his work.

The CD costs £20 or US $30 plus postage and packing.

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