Paul Mor­gan’s guide to col­lectable mod­ern au­thors

NO. 2 RICHARD WADDING­TON (1910-1999)

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - First Cast -

Richard Wadding­ton was a well-known pro­pri­etor of es­tates in Scot­land and a man­ager of grouse moors and sal­mon rivers. A fisher of vast ex­pe­ri­ence, he put much em­pha­sis on the phi­los­o­phy and psy­chol­ogy to be ap­plied to the art of catch­ing sal­mon. But his ap­proach was em­i­nently prac­ti­cal. Hav­ing read his books ear­lier this week, his words were ring­ing in my ears when I hooked a Dyfi sal­mon on a light trout rod this af­ter­noon, fish­ing from a high bank with­out a net! “Once the fish is on its side it is yours. It is beaten and easy to tail by hand.” Well, of course, he was right, and it was! “The re­la­tion­ship be­tween size of fly, vol­ume of wa­ter, tem­per­a­ture, oxy­gen con­tent, what the sal­mon re­ally sees and what he takes it to rep­re­sent are all fac­tors that are care­fully ex­plained. The big­gest duf­fer must surely show an in­crease in the num­ber of fish caught after read­ing this book.” (Sal­mon Fish­ing: Phi­los­o­phy And Prac­tice re­viewed in The Fly­fish­ers’ Jour­nal, 1959)

Paul Mor­gan is owner of Coch-y-bonddu Books (an­gle­books.com)

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