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Saltwater Fly Fishing

For Pacific Salmon

by (author) Barry Thornton

Hancock House
Initial publish date
Jan 1995
Fishing, Fish
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1995
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A Guide to Saltwater Flyfishing for the Pacific Coast's Salmon, presented by award winning author and avid fisherman Barry M. Thornton. Until recently, little has been written about saltwater fly fishing for Pacific salmon. It is, unquestionably, a sophisticated fly-angling choice for the fly fisherman that comes after many successful conventional salmon fishing experiences. It is not new, but an angling practice many pioneers attempted, some very successfully, however it has not been followed up as it should! It is probably a symptom of our times - our pioneering spirit - that, now that we have resolved the skills and techniques needed for consistently successful river and lake fishing, we are now searching for new waters in which to test our mettle. Fortunately, lying at our doorstep is the open water of the vast Pacific Ocean. Improvements in boats and motors and the evolution if fly fishing lines, rods, and fly-tying materials have given the fly fisherman the tools and the access to the fish. How fortunate we are to have such a family of fish, the genus Oncorhynchus, the Pacific salmons inhabiting these waters. These various species of Pacific salmon inhabit the infinite fjords, inlets, islands and estuaries of the north Pacific coast waiting, just waiting for the inevitable rush of fly fishermen who have mastered challenging and pleasurable trout experiences in freshwater lakes and streams and now, satiated, search for new waters and experiences.

About the author

Barry Thornton is one of BC's best know and respected fishing authors, having earned the Outdoor Writers of Canada Award of Merit, as well as the Roderick Haig-Brown Memorial Award. He has been involved with fishing and the outdoors for most of his life, as a professional educator and as an outdoors writer and photographer. Founding chairman and three-time president of the Steelhead society of BC, he is a devoted and knowledgeable angler who has much to share with his fellow fishermen. Barry is also the author of Steelhead, Saltwater Fly Fishing and has contributed to West Coast Steelheader and West Coast Fly Fisher, all Hancock House Publications.

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