The history of the salmon in the opening chapter will intrigue mostanglers at once. For here is the story of the Atlantic salmon, from the day it is hatched, as a parr, a smolt, a grilse or a salmon (the names by which it is known at the various stages of its existence), from its native stream, its passage to the sea, and its return to spawn. There is much to interest the skilled fisherman, but the novice will find it particularly adapted to his needs. The four essentials of a good sporting book, -- a scientific knowledge of the fish, equipment (flies, reels, rods and leaders), and technique (where, how, when, why of placing the fly). A few good fish stories liven the whole. The salmon season is near at hand, so this is the time to line up orders for the lucky sportsmen who are heading for the Margaree and other salmon haunts, as well as to those who like to relive their experiences or to bolster their dreams for next year.