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Scotland's Salmon King Hardcover – 21 Jan 2008
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From a lad catching eels on the River Isla to the man who has caught more monster salmon in the UK than any other angler alive - a fascinating insight into the life of the River Tay's most famous ghillie. --Arnot McWhinnie - The Daily Record's Silver Wilkie angling columnist
Colin Leslie is a Tay legend and a lovely man. His book will be a gem for every salmon angler. --Charles Duncan, The Scotsman
From guddling trout in the Isla to catching huge salmon in the Tay - and 600lb marlin in the Pacific - Colin's life has revolved around fish and fishing and his book reflects both his love of the sport that became his life and his interest in the many people from all walks he has taken out after the salmon. --Ken Bell, The Courier
About the Author
Born in November 1924 in Perthshire, Leslie was the third child of four, and was employed from an early age on his father s farm. As a wee laddie he was very much in touch with nature and loved to fish in the local rivers, becoming very good at it and catching his first salmon, which weighed eighteen pounds, at the tender age of ten. At sixteen he signed up to the Royal Navy for the Second World War and spent the duration on Motor Torpedo Boats around the coasts of France, England and Norway until coming under friendly fire in which his ship was sunk and he was hit with thirteen pieces of shrapnel. During his injury leave he was able to do some of his most memorable fishing ever. After the war, Leslie returned to Perthshire and took over the Cargill beat on the Tay, a job he was to remain in for over 50 years. During this time he took many people out to fish the waters, including the American millionaire Nelson D Rockefeller and the New Zealand King of the Maoris, who had come to Scotland to buy some cattle but who much preferred the fishing, Each year that he worked as a ghillie, Leslie would keep track of the numbers and weights of the fish that were caught on his beat and he is extremely proud of some of the better years, when annual numbers exceeded 800, and of the larger fish he has landed, the biggest salmon being fifty six and a half pounds.
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16 September 2015
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This book will make you laugh now and again and he was the salmon king of big fish the only thing i can say bad is the book is very short like 2 nights read and u dont read a lot
7 March 2009
For a man who had 50 years of salmon fishing to write about, this book was terribly short and therefore quite disappointing. I also felt that the structure of the book was quite disjointed, more of a collection of statements rather than a flowing story. Sad really as it could have been so much better.
16 December 2009
A very small book, that could be read in a short time. This is a man with a life long passion for Salmon, but does not deliver the life long stories a man of his stature could deliver. A smolt is bigger than this book. A shame!!
16 January 2011
This was an opportunity for a book which every salmon angler would want to read but instead it is fragmented and opinionated. I fished with the man occasionally when he was on Ballathie and I know he certainly had feet of clay, but if this was more of a tribute to the great river, something he was perfectly placed to provide, it would have helped cement his own place in it's history. even the text about some of his undeniably great catches (40lb plus Springers for example) fails to impress as it should. a shame but not a wasted read.