Fisherman, when they write at all, write extraordinarily well. Haig-Brown is an outstanding example, as witness Return to the River, that amazing story of the Chinook run. These are pieces about fishing and rivers and occasionally about gunning, and in them the author swings round the year, sharing with his readers his deep, passionate love for rivers, particularly one river, in Vancouver, the Campbell. There are loads of good fishing stories, with the usual attributes, but with, too, the very sound and smell and feel of the streams, the lakes, the woods, and the seasons. The thread of the salmon's life span goes through, as an accent against which all fishing of the northwest is done. There's a lot about trout here, too, but you feel that his first love is the salmon. There's adventure and occasional humor- and always the out of doors. And there's a lot of sound information on rods and tackle, flies, and casting, and all the things the addicts want to read about. He has some iconoclastic things to say about wet fly and dry fly fishing -- but it all sounds as if he knew what he was talking about.