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: Got an interesting book today

01-24-2002, 09:18 PM
I love fishing books. I collect aany I can find on salmon/steelheading. Unfortuanely, an old box of mine was "misplaced"' when I moved into my house, and I lost a few cherished books.

Well, won an auction on ebay. A man from England was selling a bok called "Progressive Fly Fishing for Salmon". Iit's a book completely dedicated to spey fishing. I'll give you more of a recap once I read it throughly, but so far is a daaned good book. Talks aboout casting/fishing a spey. Uusing tubes and various flies.

I lok forward to reading it, thoughtI'd share i with you al, is gonna be a good read, even for being a smaler HB.

01-30-2002, 03:25 PM
Well, howz it read? I am thinking it might be a good addition to my collection if I can locate one.

Scott K
01-30-2002, 03:57 PM
Ebay is a great site. I read the Western Angler (still one of the best reads I've ever had) by RHB which I took out from the LIbrary. I then managed to locate a brand new copy of the 1991 re-release of the book in two editions. I believe it is a limited edition set of 2500 ever made and I got it (the set of two) for 80 bucks including shipping Canadian funds when I won the auction for it!

You sure don't see the wealth of material available on spey casting as you do on straight fly fishing. And to think that someone who masters the Spey can use it on any stream with just about any single handed fly or double handed rod and it will increase your efficiency quite a lot because you aren't spending all that time false casting as well as the advantages in tight quarters. You'd think someone would have written some (or sorry more) books about spey casting, but I guess it hasn't received the exposure it deserves, despite it's advantages to that of straight fly casting.

Willie Gunn
01-30-2002, 04:07 PM
Who is the Author, I have never heard of the book but it sounds really interesting.


01-30-2002, 07:41 PM
I'm going to sit down and read the book cover to cover. It's a hardback and only about 190 pages. Not a super big indepth book, but very informative from what I've skimmed through. Talks alot abouut tube flies and waddingtons which I never had heard of before this book. Juro, when you come this way let me knoww and I'l have you over and let you take lok at it and some of y other books.

The bok is called "Progressive Fly Fishing for Salmon" by Alexander Baird Keachie. It was released in 1997. Juro, this book gets listed quite aa bit by guy I bought it from. Just watch your bidding, usually goes up to $40-50 US, but I watched crefuly and got it for $20.

So far is a great book, I've picked some interesting things up. I'll scour it this wekend for sure.

Willie Gunn
01-31-2002, 02:49 PM
Waddingtons are a european thing.

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01-31-2002, 03:14 PM
Large tube flies, how long are these waddingtons ?

Appears 3-4 inches and they must be really heavy to plummet through the fast deep big scandinavian salmon rivers.

Hard to tell from that picture.

Must need one of those long spey rods to throw these.

Willie Gunn
01-31-2002, 03:34 PM
I tie waddingtons from .75" to 3". The weight depends on the thickness of the steel. Rob Wilson from Brora (Scotland) designed Brora shanks which are of a heavier gauge so sink quicker.


Willie Gunn
01-31-2002, 04:46 PM
Hi I found it for sale at for 9.50 which is about $ 15


01-31-2002, 10:10 PM

How fast do those .75 inch waddingtons sink and what hook size do you use?

These sound very interesting.



Willie Gunn
02-01-2002, 12:49 PM
Like everything else it varies, they sink faster than doubles and trebles. I fish them with a size 8 treble but that might not go down to well on your side of the pond.