David Profumo

Hello Salar

To Sea and Back: The Heroic Life of the Atlantic Salmon


Atlantic Books 213pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

It has been claimed that owning salmon fishing is twice as expensive as keeping a mistress, and just as frustrating. I make no comment, but the pursuit of this deeply desirable fish for sporting and culinary purposes has certainly spawned a vast literature, much of it outlandish or brimful with mumbo-Macjumbo. As well as rod and line, the salmon has had to run the gauntlet of spears, nets, poison and various ‘fixed engines’, and these days faces further threats from habitat degradation, global warming, and infections from fish farms. And yet the silver tourist survives, not quite an endangered species but certainly in fragile populations.

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