The Silver Invicta

‘a beautifully written paean to Scottish fishing . . . The greatest compliment you could pay this book is that non-anglers would enjoy it every bit as much as dyed-in-the-wood fishers’ – Richard Bath, Scottish Field

‘gentle stories, well told, carefully and articulately written . . . A book to savour by a warm fire with an open bottle’ – Magnus Angus, Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine

‘Delightful . . . relaxed and light-hearted, a great read for anglers and others who just love wild places’ – Fred Carrie, Fish Wild

‘A beautiful journal/reflection on fly fishing. Full of lovely writing, funny bits, advice and makes you want to get straight out on to the river’ – Sam Carlisle, FishPal Journal


The Silver Invicta is a stream of impressions from a fishing life, in its varying moods, coloured with plenty of whisky and eccentric company. Join Tom Harland on his light-hearted journeys with his fly rod; take part in his triumphs and disasters on rough, wild camping trips and share his encounters with the wildlife of Scotland’s rivers and lochs.

The ‘Silver Invicta’ was the traditional fly which was taken by Tom’s first salmon and is also a nod to the spirit of Scotland’s embattled migratory fish. 

Tom Harland has fished throughout his local Scottish Borders, England, the Western Isles and New Zealand (a country he lived and worked in for two years), but his real passion is for the brown trout of the hill lochs of Assynt in the North-west Highlands. 

The Silver Invicta dispels some of the myths surrounding the exclusivity of fly fishing and all the rivers and lochs featured are readily available on an affordable basis. Open this treasure trove of a book to share the pleasure the author finds through fishing respectfully in magical, wild, and seldom-visited places. 

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