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THE SPAWNING RUN by William Humphrey. 79 pages. Knopf. $4.50.

If there is anything in nature more single-minded than a salmon making its way through a thousand miles of water to the precise runnel where it was born, it is the fisherman—especially a British fisherman—bent on interrupting that journey with rod and line. In this deft and funny account of a stay at a Welsh fishing hotel, originally written as an Esquire piece, Novelist (Home from the Hill) William Humphrey encourages the reader to savor the eccentricities of both men and fish. His characters...

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