50lb salmon to be sold at Bonhams Published: 29 April, 2008
A MODEL of a 50lb salmon that was caught in 1928, but which escaped being mentioned in the Domesday Book of Giant Salmon by Fred Buller, will be sold at Bonhams next Henley sale on Saturday July 19.
Mounted by P.D. Mallock of Perth, the finely painted model of this great salmon is presented in a mahogany framed barrel case together with gut eyed Dusty Miller fly.
The legend reads: Killed by Major Frank J. Pullar, on 10th July 1928, in Upper Eel, Brig Pool, Stobhall, River Tay. The salmon is 50 ¼ inches in length and 26 ¼ inches in girth with a weight 50lbs, Sex Male and age five and quarter years. It was taken on a 2/0 Dusty Miller fly in a time of 30 minutes.
The model is estimated to sell for between £5,000-7,000.
A reference to this fish is made by Crawford Little in his book The Great Salmon Beats published in 1989, but this specimen is not included in the newly published book The Doomsday book of Giant Salmon by Fred Buller.
But the Fishing Gazette and the Perthshire Advertiser of July 18 1928 carries the article A Beauty From the Tay showing a photo and a short note about the salmon, For many years this salmon hung in The Pirnhall Inn, Stirlingshire.
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