John Aston and Adrian Latimer - A Celebration of Salmon Rivers

Merlin Unwin Books £35
ISBN 978-1-873674-27-7

The most notable thing about this book is that all the profits will be donated to the North Atlantic Salmon Fund, which was launched fifteen years ago in a last-ditch effort to save the Atlantic salmon from extinction. The NASF’s tireless efforts have led to large-scale change in government policy around Europe, one effect of which has been the effective ending of Greenland’s salmon fishery, which has done much to preserve the stocks of multi sea-winter fish that fed off that coast. This all costs money and buying books like this is one way you can help the NASF.

What you get is a two hundred plus page coffee-table book describing a selection of salmon rivers from every country bordering the north Atlantic, from Canada to Russia. Needless to say, there isn’t space for them all, but each river that does get a mention is treated to a couple of pages with a enough words to give you a feeling for what it is like to fish there. The photography is something of an acquired taste and some of the shots must date back to the eighties, given the frequent use of tobacco filters, but if you support the NASF, this one is worth checking out.