Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

I have just finished reading “Salmon Fishing in the Yeman” – it was one of those books that have been floating around in my consciousness for a while now so I decided to add it to my wishlist for Christmas. It is a pure work of fiction about a fishery scientist who is asked and then forced into coming up with a way to transport and ensure that Salmon run up a river in the middle of a desert.


Highly enjoyable, it is written in diary, letter and interview format –lots of “in” jokes regarding the angling press although if someone is not a fisherman then they will still get the idea about the joke. All in all – a mighty find read.


  1. peter · January 27, 2008

    Does the Yemeni angling association send out news letters, if so I might resign from Kelvin and join.I didn`t make the AGM,as there were no buses to the twilight zone.Anything sensible come from the meeting,like an OBE MBE or Knighthood for bailiffs?
    regards P.

  2. Alistair · January 27, 2008

    I hope you are jesting Peter, are you trying to insinuate the Kelvin Angling Association are so incompetent they could not find their arses with their elbows?

    Interesting point about the bailiffs – ever actually met one on the riverbank?

  3. peter · January 27, 2008

    Not in 5 year , but I did meet a guy with 2 bait rods cast out ,while spinning(optimism at it`s best) does that count?

  4. Alistair · January 27, 2008

    At the last AGM a chap stood up and asked if the bailiffs were in the room – he then asked for a round of appluase as they did such a good job – oh the irony in having to point out the people that everyone should know !

    I think the AGM has still to happen – I doubt I will go – it only depresses me!

  5. peter · January 27, 2008

    Haven`t been to one yet because of work commitments,but may try for this one , if only for entertainment value.Seriously though I can see the Kelvin deteriorating rapidly if it isn`t run better. P.

  6. Alistair · January 27, 2008

    You can look at it another way – it got this good without them doing anything !

  7. alan atkins · January 27, 2008

    The Kelvin can run perfectly well without the committee if the responsible fishers who fish the river report pollution incidents to SEPA and encourage evryone to buy a permit. I understand that in certain areas this would be foolhardy at the very least, but i reckon that there is enough good water for all to enjoy and if some areas are populated by people fishing using illegal methods then so be it, it only means that the rest of the river where the best fishing is anyway will be left alone for those of us who persue our trout with fluff and feather. The only other alternative is a well organised team of baliffs who have real teeth to deal with the undesirables, and i don’t see that happening. The river is full of trout and many of a good size, i reckon there’s enough for all to enjoy. The future of the migratory stock is another matter and with gravid fish regularly being killed well into December by certain parties, future stocks could well suffer as a result of these practices

  8. James · January 27, 2008

    I was asked (maybe 6 or 7 years ago) to show my permit one Sunday evening. Can’t say anyone has asked since.

  9. ron P. · January 27, 2008

    Hi, Alistair —

    My best friend from college, Alan L. Gordon, picked this up for me in London last year. He gave it as a farewell gift before moving with his lovely wife, Vanese, to Bermuda to pursue grouper, jacks, and barracuda from his kayak, full-time.

    A great read it is!

  10. Alistair · January 27, 2008

    Hi Ron – It is a strange wee book as it seems to attract as many non fisher folk as fishers :–)

  11. Erik · January 27, 2008

    I did the same thing! Had it as a present for Christmas and had fun reading it!

  12. Alistair · January 27, 2008

    Hi Erik, thanks for stopping by – nice to see you are in the process of updating your site as well – it is one of my favourites !


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