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Carp on the Fly - A Flyfishing Guide/97 - Barry Reynolds, Brad Befus and John Berryman

Themes: About Carp fish, Locating Feeding Carp, Carp Flies and What Carp Eat
Presentation, Fly Tackle for Carp


The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing "Little Red Books" /2010 - / Charlie Meyers and Kirk Deeter

Themes: The Book "Little Red Books" complicate the fishing tricks and tips that make a great trout fly fisher


Practical Fishing Knots /1991 - Mark Sosin and Lefty Kreh

Themes: Publisher's Preface,Understanding Knots,Knots You Should Know,Joining Lines Together , Fly-Fishing Knots, Putting It All Together,Some Final Thoughts, Publications for serious fishermen


Guide to Fly Fishing Knots: A Basic Streamside Guide for Fly Fishing Knots of Fishing Knots /99 - Larry V. Notley

Themes: Tippet to Fly Size Chart,IGFA Line Test,Knot-Tying Tips,Parts of Your Line,Terminology,Knots Application,J oining Lines Albright Knot,Lines to Reel,Lines to Flies,Loop Knots,Dropper Knots,Trout & Panfish Leaders, Yarn Indicator fishing Knots


Fly Fishing in Arizona Guide /99 - Glenn Tinnin and Pete Chadwell

Themes: A Quick, Clear Understanding of Where to Fly Fish in Arizona

The Best Water Hatches and Flies |
The Best Time to Fishing Equipment You'll Need |Accommodations how to Get There


The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Completely Revised and Updated Bookwith Over 400 New Color Photos and Illustrations /2007 - Tom Rosenbauer

Themes:Completely Revised and Updated, with Over 4.00 New Color Photos and Illustrations "This Guide may be the single most valuable item a novice angler can buy"

What Is Fly Fishing?,Fly Rods and Line Sizes,Fly Selection,Still-Water Tactics,Striking, Playing, and Landing
Lines and Reels, ...etc


Fly Fishing Knots and Connections /04 - Lefty Kreh



Pocket Guide to Fly Fishing Knots /97 -Stan Bradshaw, Ron Cordes and Gary Lafontaine

Themes: Pocket Guide to Fly Fishing ,"how-to" tools, easy-to-follow color book for expert and beginning for fly anglers


The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing /2006 - Dave Whitlock

Themes: The Joy of Fly Fishing- Fly Fishing/(Assembling Fly Tackle,"How to" Fly Cast, Tactics, the Biology of Fish, Natural Foods, Fly-Fishing Safety and Accessories)Dave Whitlock
Fly Casting/(Effective Casters - Habits of Highly, The Roll Cast, The Four-Part Cast on the Water,Lengthening Your Cast...etc)Macauley Lord
Fly Tying/(The Basics and Woolly Worm, Materials, The Woolly ,Soft-Hackle Wet Fly, Hair-Winged Streamer, Nymphs,A Classic Dry Fly—The Adams and Publications for Fly Fishers)Dick Talleur
Photographs /Jim Rowinski


Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die Juni /2004- Written by Chris Santella

Themes:Best Recomended places to fly fish, from Alaska-Bristol Bay & Pacific Coast and Aqjcntina Bariloche to Wyoming, Montana or Zambia- Tiger Fish on the Zambezi River


Flywater: Fly-Fishing Rivers of the West /2010- Grant McClintock and Tom Brokaw

Themes: premier destination for fly fishing in American West


The Fly Fisherman's Guide to the Meaning of Life- What A Lifetime on the Water Has Taught Me About Love, Work, Food, Sex, and Getting Up Early "Guides to the Meaning of Life" /2008- Written by Peter Kaminsky

Themes:Can Teach You about Time. Humanity, and Existence, You Fail More Than You Succeed, To Choose Not to Kill Is One
Element of Our Human Nature,life Always Goes On, Often the Best Teacher
of Your Children Is Not You,Asking for Help Is a Sign of Maturity. Not Age,It Is Never Too late to Teach Old Fishermen New Tricks...etc


Fly Fishing for Beginners "The Freshwater Angler" /02- Written by Chris Hansen

Themes:What to Buy, How to Cast and Where to Catch Fish,Fly Fishing Equipment
Fly Rods, Reels, flies and much more, Casting a Fly, Catching Fish on Flies,
Fishing Guides


Fly Fishing Advice from an Old Timer- "A Practical Guide to the Sport and Its Language" /09 - Ed Quigley

Themes: all for Fly fishing Barbless hooks,Bass bug taper3, Black curse,Blind casting,Blank, Carp on the fly,Float tubes and belly yachts,Fly boxes, line, Tying, Hackle,
Leader shy, Reels, Rods, Spinner ...etc.


Fish Flies - The Encyclopedia of the Fly Tier's Art /2005- Written by Terry Hellekson

Themes:Introduction, The Beginning, Vision and Color, Fly-Tying Tools,Fly-Tying Hooks
Fly-Tying Materials,Getting Started
Nymphs(Order Ephemeroptera, Plecoptcra), Dry and Wet Flies (Dragonflies), Streamers,Shad & Steelhead Flies,Spey Flies Pacific Salmon Flies and Steelhead Dry Flies etc.


Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing /90- Written by John Gierach

Themes:The ViEw from Rat LAkE, Trout Bum
Trout Bum Fly-FishiiNq the HiqIh Country and in Small Streams


1001 Fly Fishing Tips - Expert Advice, Hints and Shortcuts From the World's Leading Fly Fishers /2007- Written by Jay Nichols and Dave Hall

Themes:Collection of the 1 0 0 1 fly-fishing tips, practical fly fishing advice is like taking a trip with over 20 of the world's flyfishing professionals


The Complete Book of Fly Tying, Second Edition - /2008- Written by Eric Leiser, Jack Gartside and C. Boyd Pfeiffer

Themes:beginnings, flies that float(the conventional dry fly,quill wings, bodies), fly patterns(fly-basic,salmon and nymphs), bucktails and streamers, salt water and other specialized streamers


Fly Leaders & Knots /1998 - Larry V. Notley

Themes: Fresh/salt - water fly fishing leaders


Fly Fishing Small Streams /89 - John Gierach

Themes: A Finely Balanced Environment.
Sneaking Around on Your Hands and Knees
A Crisp, Low, Sidearm Roll Cast
The Comforts of Stuff, Where There Are Trout, There's Hope


Trout Streams and Hatches of Pennsylvania - A Complete Fly-Fishing Guide to 140 Rivers and Streams/99 - by Charles R. Meck

Themes: 3rd Edition A Backcountry Guide for: Pensylvannia Rivers and Streams, Hatches, Tying Patterns for Pensylvannia Hatches and Some Proposals for Belter Fishing on Pennsylvania Streams


Bluegill Fly Fishing & Flies /99 - Roxanne Wilson and Terry Wilson

Themes: Beautiful Vibrations, Gearing Up, Bully's Bluegill Spider, Fly Box & Choosing the Right Water and more


Fly Fishing in Saltwater /03 - Lefty Kreh

Themes: Lures and Tackle of Saltwater Fly Fishing, Knots, Leaders and Flies
Angling Techniques - Saltwater Fly Casting, Species and Strategies - Deepwater, Inshore and Boat Fishing


The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Guide to the Smoky Mountains /20111 - by Don Kirk and Greg Ward

Themes: GUIDE TO THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, Smoky Mountains Trout and Bass theme, Smoky Mountains Anftling,A bruit Those Creeks Where to Find Fish and WHy,Casting Tactics and Gear Tips,Seasons and Other Factors, Stream Insects and Feathery Deceivers, Pondering Caddis Flies,Greg's Deadly Dozen and How to Use Them, Greg's Deadly Dozen and How to Use Them, Master Fly Tyer of the Smokies
Bases of Operations, Guides, and Fly Shops,Middle Prong of the Little Đigeon River System, Little River System, and rams Creek System, Hventvmile Creek System, Eagle&Hazel Creek System,fly-fishing Gatlinburg According to Ward, Pigeon forgc/Sevierville: Fly-Fishing for World-Class
Stream Small mouth, Cherokee Indian Reservation Public Trout fishing


The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing: 101 Tips for the Absolute Beginner (Orvis Guides) /2009 - by The Orvis Company and Tom Rosenbauer

Equipment and Casting, Techniques, Flies, Trout Flies,Saltwater and Warm-Water Fly Fishing and fishing Tackle Care


Beginner's Guide to Fly Fishing /2005 - by James A. Casada

Themes: a unique equipment and clothing,
comprehensive fishing charts for anglers,
skills and techniques at all levels, hints, tips and advice


The Yellowstone Fly-Fishing Guide /97 - By Craig Mathews and Clayton Molinero

Themes: The Yellowstone - Fly-Fishing Guide
An authoritative' guide to the waters of US Yellowstone National Park.Fishing yellowstone: Rivers and Streams, Lakes and Ponds Lamar and Yellowstone Rivers and the Canyon Rivers and Streams, Óellowstone Lake and the Thorofare Region- Lakes and Ponds


Tennessee Trout Waters: Blue-Ribbon Fly-Fishing Guide /03 - by Ian Rutter

Themes: Tennessee’s guidebook : for trout waters:mountain streams, tailwater lakes and rivers


The Bahamas Fly-Fishing Guide, Updated and Revised /05 - by Stephen Vletas and Kim Vletas

Themes: The Bahamas Guide, fishing Tips, Tactics, and Tackle,Travel Expectations and Booking a Trip,Grand Bahama Island and Heartland of the Bahamas, Bimini and Berry Islands etc.


Flyfisher's Guide to Wyoming: Including Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Đarks (&Flyfishing Guides&) /09 - by Ken Retallic

Themes: Fly Fisher's new edition Guide - Wyoming Fishing, rivers and lakes


Backcountry Guides Fly Fishing Boston: A Complete Saltwater Guide from Rhode Island to Maine /03 - by Terry C. Tessein

Themes:Boston Fly Fishing -

"Here's a book that delivers a lot more than it promises. ... In addition to being a great guide and textbook loaded with saltwater savvy, Fly Fishing Boston is an enjoyable read liberally splashed with historic
tidbits. . . . Tessein's research has provided fresh and uncommon informa-
tion, whether about the history of the striped bass fishery or the practical
use of tides. Fly Fishing Boston is a valuable addition to the growing library of saltwater flyrodding."
-Ed Jaworowski, author of The Cast.
Troubleshooting the Cast, and Đop Fleyes


Flyfisher's Guide to Virginia: Including West Virginia's Best Fly Fishing Waters | Flyfishers Guide Revised April, 2010) /06 - by David Hart and R. D. Dye

Themes:Warnwater Rivers in Virginia,Fork Holston etc.,Trout Streams, Stillwaters and lakes, Hub Cities and Smallmouth Bass Waters


A Fly Fishing Guide To Rocky Mountain "Rocky Mountain" - National Park /11 - by Steven B. Schweitzer

Themes:A fully illustrated "Fly-Fishing"- Rocky Mountain guide to over 150 destinations


Montana's Best Fly Fishing: Flies, Access, and Guide's Advice for the State's Premier Rivers /2010 - by Ben Romans

Themes:Montana's Best Fly Fishing FLIES, ACCESS,^ AND GUIDES' ADVICE FOR THE STATE'S PREMIER Montana RIVERS:Bighorn River, Yellowstone River, Madison River, Flathead River,Big Hole River, Smith &^ Clark Fork River etc.

"Montana has something to offer anglers of all skill levels—from challenging tailwaters
to small, easygoing tributaries—but sometimes returning to the basics, like casting a Woolly on an easygoing freestone, makes fishing in Big Sky Country so special."


Great Lakes Steelhead, Salmon, & Trout: Essential Techniques for Fly Fishing the Tributaries /2009 - by Karl Weixlmann

Themes:Species:Steelhead,Coho/Chinook Salmon,.Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring,Summer,.Reading the Water:Tributary Sections,Floating Great Lakes Tributaries Adjusting to Water Condition Changes,. Essential Flies and Foods Streamers: Nymphs, Eggs, Streamers, and Swinging / Fighting^ Techniques


Pike on the Fly: The Flyfishing Guide to Northerns, Tigers, and Muskies (Spring Creek Pr Bk) /93 - by Barry Reynolds, John Berryman and Lefty Kreh

Themes:" Some writers want to use a book just to display what they know,
but Reynolds and Berryman share everything they can think of to help you^ become a better pike fisherman.They answer all the vital questions: what is a pike, how does it act
and react to its environment, where can you find pike^, and how do you flyfish for pike during the various seasons. Very specific informa-tion is given on tackle and fly requirements and how to rig the lead-
ers needed to catch these toothy critters.
If you have been frustrated when chasing pike with a fly, this book will solve many of your frustrations. If you have never flyfished^ for pike, do yourself a favor and read this book. It may open for you the most exciting frontier in freshwater flyfishing. Many flyfishermen will thank Barry Reynolds and John Berryman for producing one of the
est how-to flyfishing books this angler has seen in a long Time.
Lefty Kreh
Hunt Valley, Maryland


Fly-fishing Guide to the Upper Delaware River: 2nd Edition /2011 - by Đaul Weamer

Themes:Hatches, Patterns, Access, and Guide's Advice for the East Branch, West Branch, and Main Stem Fast Branch Tailwatpr.

Creation of the Upper Delaware's Tailwater Trout Fishery, West Branch Tailwater, Main Stem, The Fish and Hnw tn Catch Them
Spring Hatches,Guide and Outfitter Interviews


Drift Boat Fly Fishing: A River Guide's Sage Advice /95 - by Neale Streeks

Themes:Boat Fishing Basics,Special Casting Techniques Float Fishing Tackle, Float Fishing Tactics, Freestone and Tailwater Rivers, Unhooking Yourself,Fighting and Netting Fish, Seasonal Conditions, Crowded Fishing and Peace of Mind, Guides, Hatches and Trout Fare,The Flies In My Vest


Trout at Ten Thousand Feet /2003 - by John Bailey (Author) and Robert Olsen (Illustrator)

Like shooting, fishing carries the bountiful bonus of taking its exponents to delightful, secret places they would never otherwise see. Most of us are more than content with the stately glide of a chalkstream, the ripply run of a limestone river or rhc grandeur of a Scottish salmon pool, but John Bailey's preference is for far-distant venues, the more inaccessible the better. I thought t was fanatical about river-fishing, perhaps to the point of eccentricity, but by Bailey's standards I'm an armchair angler. This new book is about streams which require days of forced marching or horse- back riding, often in appalling and dangerous conditions, eaten alive by mega-mosquitoes and, if he catches next to nothing, simply to have a wet line in such places makes it all worthwhile for him. While my most satisfying foreign foray - at the war's end - was catching trout in an Austrian lake belonging to Krupps, Hitler's chief arms manufacturer, Bailey seems to have sampled the waters of every wilderness.

In loving language, for he is a fine weaver of words, he tells us about fishing in Russia for giant beluga sturgeon - up to 2,000lbs - courtesy of the gun-toting caviare Mafia; for taimen, huge land-locked salmon in the Mongolian moonlight and the vastness of the Siberian day. His search for "icon fish", all of which he returns, steelhead rainbows in British Columbia, brown trout in Kashmir and amur, a rare variety of pike, on the China-Mongolia border, drives him relentlessly. He masters huge mahseer in the mighty Ganges, swimming in the rapids with the fish rather than be broken, though he often is. John Bailey calls himself an "angling traveller" and appears to make a living organising trips for those keen enough and brave enough to share his hardships as well as his ecstasies. Fishing vicariously through accounts of others, deeds does little for me, as a rule, but this is an outstanding book by a passionate fisherman who knows how to make the adrenaline flow on the water and on the page.

Chapman Pincher Investigative journalist and avid angler

published: Farlows Magazine | 2002


In Neck Deep: Stories from a Fisherman /2004 - by Jay Zimmerman (Author)

Themes: Fishing Story, fly tier, fly patterns


Innovative Fly Tier

- by John Shewey

I like a story that keeps you hanging at the end, a story that makes you hope to a sequel; that's what Jay Zimmerman's book, In Neck Deep: Stories from a Fisherman (2004), does. It leaves you with a few key lingering questions of the "what happened after that?" variety. It I were to pose those questions directly to Zimmerman, I'd sran by asking. "OK, so did you leave Alaska tar Colorado as winter approached? Did vou stay with Valerie?"

Bur I didn't ask those quest tons of jay. I'd rather wait for that sequet and let htm answer with the same kind of depth he inserted into his first book, which chronicles the developing lifestyle of an Ohio-born fishing addict in a way that will seem strikingly familiar to those of us who likewise grew up wuh rod in hand, learning about fishing and hunting and other outdoor pursuits from fathers and mothers and grandfathers and uncles and from our own adventures and misadventures before we ever realized we could also learn from books and magazines.

Zimmerman's angling education was of the get-your-feet-wet and get-your-hands-dirty variety. It transcends angling and manifests itself in life lessons, scrupulous attitudes, permeable thinking, and finally, for the lucky or stubborn, lifestyles. Oft wrought with humor and insight, Jay's stories chronologically gather and blend his experiences until they cohere jr the end of the memoir, and leave us wondering what happened next. Again, though, I didn't ask him the questions I had in maind. I want to wait for part two, another journey in print. But also woven through his text is the story of a developing fly tier. Lake many of us, Jay's youthful fly tying occurred sans amply-stocked fly shops and fancifully

packaged materials and had everything to do with raiding mom's sewing kit as well as procuring natural furs and feathers much closer to their sources than the pages of a catalogue. He writes, "My flies may not be frameable, or even mildly attractive to admirers of such mediums of artistic creativity, but I do have hirh standards for myself." Throughout the book, w hen Jay talks of fly patterns developed along the way, readers are sure to imagine flies somewhat roughly hewn, designed for fishing not for show. In a story ,about creating a fly for pink salmon, he explains, "My flies must meet three important qualifications before I'm satisfied: they must be quick and easy to tie because I lose them at a rather fast pace; the material must be inexpensive and easily obtainable; and lastly- and definitely most importantly - they must be extremely durable."

Yet clearly in the years beiween thai summer work- ing and fishing in Alaska and his current life and times in Colorado(where he works for Hrom Range Angles in Boulder,, Zimmerman's fly tying skills have ascended to the realm of artistic, as evidenced by his Clown Shoe Caddis, the fly that first piqued my interest in his patterns. So just how did a pragmatically minded fly tier possessed of the neccessary skills to produce effective, utilitarian flies without relying on a mass diversity of materials transform his tying to an artistic level clearly marked by a deft handling and deep knowledge of furs and feathers and plastics and metals, all the while continuing to stick to his mantra that simple, easy- to-tie flies are best and that designing effective flies always trumps deigning purely pretty flies? Well, it began with a sort of immersion study, and then benefited from Zimmerman's understanding of the concept of "bin appall." When fly fishing became a profession rather than "just" a lifestyle for Jay, his close association with like-minded fly addicts in a Colorado fly shop catapulted his tying ability to new heights. He found himself immersed in a business where he was constantly surrounded by other creative fly tiers.It was also a business in which constant attention to cutting-edge fly design was paramount to maintaining the ability to converse effectively with and to advise customers. He had to know his stuff.

Of those yean during which his tying skills and creative abilities at the tying bench reached newfound heights, jay fondly recalls, "The ritual with the other guys at the shop in the mornings was making coffee then throwing out the last night's tinkering onto the table and...talking and critiquing."

And creative tinkering and subsequent critiquing sessions melded with the need to design flies that could capture the eye and imagination of customers - the so-called bin appeal. But pretty is never good enough for Jay; he needs to create patterns that can grab the attention of anglers, but only if those patterns are proven producers. So in a way, is he himself admits, his fly tying has done a 180: "It used to be a simple process of developing a functional fly and then finding ways to make that fly easier and faster and cheaper to tie, but now it s kind of become the reverse of that, though it still begins with a good functional fly. Now. I have to think, okay. I've created a functional pattern, but now I need to add a bit of bin appeal."

His flies definitely hase bin appeal. They aie pretty, they are artfully designed, and they are innovative in their use of materials and tying techniques. But they are also effective at performing the way they are designed to perform.

That aforementioned Clown Shoe Caddis exemplifies Zimmerman's prowess at creating patterns that are simultaneously deadly and arustic. He needed a better "workhorse dry fly to act as a mule for a couple of hetvy dropper nymphs in rough water. Foam bodied hopper patterns are too big to work well all year.Elk Hair Caddis always seem to find a reason to sink, and Stimulators have a knack for riding sideways and then falling apart after the third trout,"he observes." The low - slung abdomen of this dry fly forces it to ride correctly every time...even when rigged without a dropper." Extremely buoyant and highly visible on the water[...]

John Shewey is the managing editor of Northwest Fly Fishing, Southwest Fly Fishing, and Eastern Fly Fishing magazines.

published: Southwest Fly Fishing | 2011

Tarpon Quest Book by John Cole

There is nothing too terribly unique in this desire, many have desired it before and surely more will quest for it in the future. One man who indeed quested for the mighty silver king and wrote a book about it is John Cole, author of many books on fishing. Mr. Cole could have called his book, "I Am Not Lefty Kreh", for is it a Job-like tale of angling mishaps in the quest for mighty Megalops.

Torn lines, bloody knuckles, wind knots, and poor hook sets all plague this man who would be temprorary master of the tarpon. But the attraction for me, as it was probably meant to be, is that his ineptitude is my ineptitude. I've made those mistakes and will make them again. I may well experience those errors before I finally bring the fish to hand.
Cole's story makes the possibility of failure less worrisome with his natural and appropriate language. His subdued, easy tone makes you realize that the anguish experienced after all the muddled attempts are just part of the game for the average fisherman. No St. Crispin's Day speech by Henry V required here. It's a quest, yes, but it's a quest on calm seas under sunny skies, a quest pursued in our leisure time.

Tarpon Quest is brief and delightful. If you're not already an expert, you'll learn a little about tarpon, too. Cole's prose is easy, he doesn't try too hard. If you've ever listened to Flip Pallot on Walker's Cay on Saturday morning, you'll know what I mean by trying too hard. (Apologies to Mr. Pallot.) Cole's style is like a comfortable chair - easy to get into, and you don't mind staying awhile.
Worth the extra effort to find it. It's out of print, but ask you're literate fishing buddies, or call the local library. It will hopefully provide some perspective during my own tarpon quest. Book Review By Steve W.


"Fly Tying and Fly Fishing for Bass and Panfish" - Book by Tom Nixon

Fly Tying and Fly Fishing For Bass And Panfish has a lot of the elements that a dozen other fly fishing books also possess. Casting and tackle, materials and safety tips - no big deal. But there are a few gems in here which almost require you to seek it out. Included in its 472 pages are color plates and accompanying tying instructions for 198 fly patterns. A gold mine of really useful patterns. This book, originally published in 1968 and revised in 1977, also contains tips on using spinners, plastic lures, and heaven forbid, pork rind with your fly rod. Jack Ellis sites Nixon's work in his Bassin' With a Fly Rod. Apparently there was a time when fishing was just fishing and you used whatever tool was appropriate. That eclectic approach appeals to me and I switch back and forth from fly rod to spinner as the situation requires. The concept of using "conventional" tactics when "fly" fishing does not offend me as it does others.

There is value in reading what fishing theories and practices were at times other than the present. It provides a sense of history and development as well as turning the angler on to approachs that are still effective if out of fashion. Some of Nixon's recommendations on specific rods and lines are clearly out of date, but there's enough pertinent information to make it worth a jaunt through the card catalog. Book Review By Steve W.


L.L. Bean Fly Fishing for Bass Handbook Written by Dave Whitlock

If there is such a thing as a primer on fly fishing for largemouth bass, this is it. It's a manual, a textbook, a how-to on bassing with the long rod. Short on philosophy and long on getting it done. This is not the book, then, if you want to get in the mood, explore the richness of the sport or enjoy some leisure reading. The title is "Fly Fishing for Bass Handbook" and that's exactly what it is. If you're interested in the sport of

catching bass with a fly rod this should be the first book you read.
I wish Mr. Whitlock would study a few more fields as thoroughly as he has fly fishing, so that he could then write the manual for those endeavors as well. There is not wasted word in this book. It's only 157 pages long, including glossary, but it's 157 pages jammed packed with useful information. You've probably read reams of information on weather and water conditions and how they affect fishing. This passage from "The Handbook" is what Whitlock has to say about that
Can it be said more succinctly than that?

All aspects of bass fly fishing are covered from the obligatory discussion of the bass itself, to tackle options, rigging from the spool to the fly, bass fly selection, and how to specifically pursue and approach the fish. A few gems include the Whitlock straight line system, how to fly fish two to a boat, and retrieving a fly over obstacles.
If you read this volume, you may end up agreeing with the book's first sentence, which says. Fly fishing for bass may well be the most exciting, pleasurable, and consistently rewarding method of fishing that exists today in North America.


Bassin' with a Fly Rod Written by Jack Ellis

I was familiar with some of Jack Ellis' ideas before I read this book since The FisherNet reprints some of his articles that are originally published in a very fine newsletter, Reflections on the Pond. The book was, never the less, a pleasant revelation, and is the second book I'd recommend. After you get the nuts and bolts down with Whitlock, Ellis will expand your horizons.

Bassin' with a Fly Rod covers some of the same things most other bass books do, like tackle and rigging. But what makes this book exceptional are the unusual areas it branches out into. Chapter Two, Where the Bass Are, is a revealing discussion about the different places you should go to look for bass and how to get there. Chapter Four, The Way It Was, is an eye-opening look at the history of bassin' with a fly rod in the United States and explains the silly divergence between conventional tackle users and the fly rodders.

My favorite chapter is Chapter Five, None Dare Call it Fly Fishing, in which Ellis examines some difficulties that arise when fly fishing for bass and, horror of horrors, proposes using soft plastics, small spinner baits and jigs on your fly rod. Being an eclectic fisherman and not a purist at all, I found this chapter a gem. I have met the fly fishers Ellis talks about, who literally wrinkle their nose at the very mention of such things. You'll have to read it yourself and come to your own conclusions.

The book concludes with a handy sample of effective bass flies. I'm looking forward to trying out the Grinnel Fly someday soon.
review by Steve W.


3 Good Books on Bass and Fly Fishing

Smallmouth Strategies for the Fly Rod by Will Ryan

Having caught my first smallmouth recently, this book by Will Ryan, caught my eye. Since smallmouths are a more dominant species in the northern states and Canada, Ryan talks of smallmouth fishing in the context of those geographical areas, of which he is most familiar. But there are so many gems that apply to fishing everywhere that even this Texas fisherman found it worthwhile.

Ryan is a writing teacher in a Massachusetts college and his skill is obvious in both the book's organization and its comfortable style. Ryan starts the book off with the seemingly required history and biology chapters. My interest definitely picked up in the next chapters where the author breaks down the subjects of fly selection and seasonal differences. The book's highlights, however, are in Chapters 7 through 10, in which the fishing professor discusses imitating prey, specifically, aquatic insects, frogs, mice, minnows, other baitfish, and crayfish. The book reaches its peak in the truly great 10th chapter, Imitating Crayfish. The entire book is worth its price in this chapter alone. The topic is broken down into sub-topics - crayfish biology, the right size, prey vulnerability, fly design, and crayfish fly presentation. If you're not studying and tying crawdad patterns after reading this chapter then You'll eat the book.

This book also includes a valuable collection of fly patterns and the Sparke Grub has become my fly of choice of late, and been very effective.

A Handy Book of Leaders

Leaders - From the Notes of Larry Notley

If high production value and a glossy finish are necessary to you, then stop right now. Leaders, by Larry Notley is low tech, no gloss - just a well organized, minimalist collection of knots and leaders that will satisfy your every fly line requirement.
This handy little manual contains 9 knots, 12 freshwater leader configurations, and 16 saltwater leader configurations - not to mention leader/tippet size charts, general guidelines for good knot tying, and IGFA regulations on leader and tippet qualifications. Need a redfish leader? - got it. Need a nymphing leader? - got it. You'll never have to write a check to Orvis for pre-made leaders and tippets again.

Larry owns his own fly fishing manufacturing, distributing and retail company. Larry say's, "After starting my own fly fishing business, Pockit Sports, customers would call, write and inquire about leaders and knots after they made their equipment purchases or before they made a trip. I found myself hunting through mounds of folders and notes to find the information on workable leaders for specific needs. So it was inevitable that I would mesh all this information together and organize this book."
While it literally looks like a fisherman's notebook, it is chock full of nearly everything you need to know about leaders. If you don't need the fancy packaging, this will work for you. Book is available in Denmark, Sweden, and Germany.


"’Refleksioner pĺ kysten"is the Danish title of a new fly fishing book by Jens Bursell and Rasmus Ovesen about fishing for sea-run brown trout. The book offers a thorough and detailed account of the sea-run brown trout in terms of habitat, behaviour, feeding habits and all the environmental, seasonal, and weather-contingent aspects that influence the fishing itself.

For all the fly fishers out there, the book contains several in-depth chapters about fly fishing for sea-run brown trout. These chapters detail the gear, flies, tactics and techniques involved, and they do so with great attention to detail and with lots of practical advice that will enhance and improve your fly fishing experience. The book also reveals how you can improve your hook-up rate with up to 40% by using a clever new tube fly system, and in this regard it becomes universal in a sense.

Revenge of the Fishgod by Carl von Essen

Review by Steve Woolbert of The FisherNet

I'm not sure, but I think envy is one of the seven deadly sins. If so, I have sinned. My interests in fishing are eclectic. I am not a specialist - a dry fly trouter, a big boat offshore man, a flippin' bass rodder. I like all kinds of fishing and I enjoy it in as many different locations for as many different species as possible. Would I like to fish in Sri Lanka, Turkey, India, Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Chile and elsewhere? You bet. I haven't fished in any of those locales. That's why I'm envious. I just finished reading Carl von Essen's Revenge of the Fishgod and he has fished in those places and more. But that is only partly what this book is about. You see, according to von Essen, the Fishgod governs our avocation and sometimes he smiles on our enterprise - and sometimes he mocks us.

Von Essen is a doctor who has had the good fortune to be employed by the World Health Organization, which has enabled him to travel widely and live in many different countries. And he has carried his fishing rod with him the whole time. Mahseer in India, trout in New Zealand, shad in Massachusetts, and the weever fish, which caused a near-death experience, in Sweden are the supporting cast in this set of stories, with von Essen as central character.

More than just a travelogue, von Essen adds some interesting recipes, tips on dealing with regulations in certain countries, and most importantly a philosophy of fishing that teaches us to be cognizant of the Fishgod. The Fishgod is a kind of symbol for nature and reminds us that we are part of nature and need to heed its demands. Von Essen traces his Fishgod philosophy back to a near-death experience he had when pricked by the venomous fins of the weever fish while fishing alone in Sweden. Von Essen says.

I do not consider myself a religious person. The worship of Nature is as far as I go. But some experiences have been numinous, have led to thoughtful introspection, and have made me more humble.

Near-death experiences often do that. The Hindus believe God reigns over a well-structured army of lesser deities. Since the experience I relate here the Fishgod has been in my thoughts whenever I fish. I believe I have become a gentler and kinder fisherman.
Von Essen continues,
Since that momentus day I still fish but have become far more caring, gently returning the prey to its watery world, and retain only the occasional specimen for the dining table.
I have taken that event as a portent. My transition to a fly fisherman has become nearly complete and, as primitive hunters are said to do, I now utter a short prayer for the quarry.

Revenge of the Fishgod is written in an easy, comfortable style presented in 16 chapters, each chapter a different event and location, and each of the 16 about 10 pages long. A perfect nightstand book. I laughed out loud in a few places, easily imagined myself in a few of the situations, and enjoyed the whole thing. May my fishing life be as interesting. And yours too. In amazon.

A Multitude of fins

Fly fishermen in the UK, & USA will know about Graham Mole, a regular writer for the renowned magazine, Trout & Salmon. His new book, A Multitude of Fins - A Recent History of Fly Fishing for Trout, is a collection of some of Graham’s most captivating, interesting and thought-provoking essays and articles. They are ripe with wit and more humor, they are intelligent and cunning, and they are saturated with suitable amounts of sarcasm on behalf of the fly fishing scene in general. However, most interestingly, is the fact that they offer a rare glimpse into the rather snobbish and elitist fly fishing culture - a culture revolving around firm traditions, Skues, the upper class, brown trout, and chalk streams such as the Test and Itchen.



The follow-up to last year’s Catching That Salmon film by Niels Vestergaard is now here. It once again features Icelandic-resident and Fin Chasers Magazine-writer, Nils Jorgensen, fly fishing for salmon on some of Iceland’s famous rivers. The second film in the series once again involves lots of great advice, tips and tricks for salmon fly fishermen - including upstream techniques, approach strategies, mending and stripping guidelines and choice of fly. It is a great film for anyone, who is interested in getting into fly fishing for salmon!

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