The Salt of my Life

Frederick Aflalo - The Salt of my Life

Pitman 1905

Forgotten now, this is one of the best books, if not the best book, ever written about British salt water angling, if you can allow for a dash of period political incorrectness. Aflalo was incredibly well-to-do, largely by virtue of his father having been agent to a sultan, and he devoted his life to fishing and travelling, sea fishing being his favourite. He was also a very keen photographer and all of his books are illustrated with his own photographs. The Salt of my Life is a nostalgic review of a lifetime’s experience of fishing in the sea and covers more or less every species you can catch around the British Isles, as well as fishing as far afield as Australia. There are chapters about fishing in Germany, Italy and Spain in the late nineteenth century, as well as a long description of his failure to catch tuna off Madeira, all of it fascinating stuff. If you haven’t read Aflalo, then this is the book to begin with, a real gem.