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Review in Quill & Quire

Whether recreational anglers are casual duffers who seldom take fishing too seriously, entry-level neophytes eager to acquire knowledge and experience, or experts involved to the point of obsession,all usually have one thing in common: when they're not fishing, they enjoy reading about it. Many enjoy the reading to the point of amassing respectable libraries about creatures with fins and the tricks used to tempt them.

Like good red wine, Frederick H. Wooding's Lake, River & Sea-run Fishes of Canada has improved with age. First published in 1959 as The Angler's Book of Canadian Fishes, it reappeared in 1972 as The Book of Canadian Fishes. As proved by my dog-eared copy of the latter, this is considered a "must-have" reference guide for writers, naturalists, students, and anglers whose interest in fish goes beyond where, when, and how to catch them.

The author stresses he is not a biologist, simply a layman with such a deep interest in fish he spent years wading through what must have been paper mountains of literature written by some of Canada's most distinguished fisheries scientists. From these works was gleaned information about each species which he, as an avid angler, considered of most interest to brother and sister anglers. An accomplished writer whose works have attracted international acclaim, Wooding uses an anecdotal approach to present his findings, which makes for interesting, informative, and at times amusing reading.

Ninety-six species are covered, from inch-long sticklebacks to sturgeon weighing nearly half a tonne. Details are provided about their physical appearance, biological characteristics, range of distribution, commercial and recreational value, status on the endangered species list, even how they rate as food. In all, a marvelous source of easily understood information.

-Quill & Quire, March 1995