Scroll down to see River Fork Press Books, written and created to teach, encourage and entertain. Every book except The Blacker Compendium is available in Kindle format, while several are available in printed form.
Clear, easy to read books that encourage
fly fishing fun
Tie practical flies, how to rig, cast and present each type
Learn to read trout stream water, cast, mend and drift flies that fool trout
Discover trout, the insects they eat, the environd they live in.
Embrace fly fishing fun and common sense
The Blacker Compendium is the first book I made in print form: it is not available in a digital format. Flies were tied by Bob Frandsen, and are based on one edition of William Blacker's 1855 book.
Hundreds of copies have been sold world-wide to fly tiers interested in William Blacker and his fly tying genius. Bob's tying and this book rekindled an international interest in Blacker and his style, and inspired futher research, scholarship and publications to remember one of the most influential fly tiers in Classic tying history. $39.95
Fly Fishing Colorado’s Big Thompson River and other freestone streams was completed in May, 2012. Chapters cover The River, Fish! Bugs! Flies!, Technique, Putting It Together, and Access and Ethics. A short book designed to help anglers understand basic freestone trout stream fly fishing, there is a lot of detail clearly and concisely stated, including over 130 photographs, and several charts to illustrate the text. The print version, in black and white, is $14.95, plus shipping. The full color book is available as a Kindle edition for $3.99.
SOLUTION BOOKS, $2.99 or $3.99, have a paper bag cover that indicates practical, nutritious reading that will help eager fly fishers learn angling and tying skills by teaching and encouraging fly fishing fun. I've been tying and fishing for over 40 years, and teaching for much longer than that. SOLUTION BOOKS, which cost less than a cup of coffee, are friendly and clear, contain hundreds of photographs with descriptive captions, tales and entertaining anecdotes, and numerous useful charts that will filter some of the confusion involved in learning to fly fish. Enjoy.
The books below make up the trio of GettingStartedGettingBetter, and are available in print, $14.95, or Kindle, $3.99, editions GETTING STARTEDis a fly fishing primer, then FISH!BUGS!FLIES!which teaches more more about trout, the insects they eat, and the flies that imitate food sources, or will fool trout, and PRESENTATION 101which teaches casting and rigging tips, reading the water and how to fish all types of fly patterns on trout streams, will help you get better. Learn, improve, get better, and enjoy fly fishing fun.
The next 10 SOLUTION BOOKS are Fishing and Tying pairs cover insect families, CADDIS, MAYFLIES, MIDGES, and fly types, ATTRACTORS, WET FLIES. Each insect type fishing books discuss the insects' life cycle, flies that imitate each stage, the water they inhabit, seasons, rigging, approach and presentation skills. Attractors and Wet Flies fishing booklets present very useful and entertaining information that will inspire and encourage fresh fly fishing fun. Tying books teach numerous skills and patterns so you can tie the flies the Fishing books will teach you to fish.
Learn to tie families of flies that imitate all stages of insect development trout eat
GRASSHOPPERS: TYING is a stand alone tying book that includes a few fishing tips along the way. Loaded with tying techniques, photographs with descriptive captions, and design ideas, this book should inspire standard and out-of-the-box tying surprises! Hop right in for fly tying fun!
HIGH WATERS records my thoughts and observations of the Colorado Flood of September 2013 as my wife, Shan, and I experienced it from our home in the Big Thompson River canyon at Drake, and its aftermath as survivor refugees in Loveland, Colorado. Writing them, then making multiple edits, has illuminated and brought perspective to the shades of events that we witnessed, and how people - including Shan and I - responded to what society terms a disaster.
CREATIVE GEWE WET FLIES is a labor of love between two great friends. Geert Werbrouck tied all of the flies, and I wrote and created the book, available in print or Kindle format. The book is presently enjoyed by readers from around the world, and is available to you, as well. Hundreds of flies, a few tying tips, and light hearted jesting are found here, a testimony to fly fishing bringing kindred spirits together in pursuit of fly fishing fun.
Tying Shorts cover either a particular pattern or a fly type. At the left are Tying Trout Shorts; at the right Tying Classics Shorts. As is the case with other SOLUTIONS BOOKS, information is clearly stated and complete for the topic covered.
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