Fly Fishing: Getting Started, Getting Better
Fly fishing is fun. It takes us to beautiful places. Fly fishing is also hard, but is possible and remains challenging. These three books wil help you learn fly fishing skills and encourage fly fishing fun!
GETTING STARTED teaches how to become a trout stream fly fisher. In addition to basic gear suggestions, the book presents water types, trout, the insects they eat, flies that work; how to get set up; knots, casting basics and more. Words, photos, captions and charts will encourage and inspire fly fishing fun.
Fish! Bugs! Flies! continues the learning process by expanding on how trout live in streams, the insects they eat, and fly imitations that will fool them. Anglers who fish with flies on trout streams must become trout centric: Where do trout live? How do they survive? What do we need to know about these wary fish in order to fool them with flies? are questions we’ll begin to answer in Fish! Since most stream trout feed primarily on aquatic insects, Bugs! expands on aquatic insect entomology basics. While each type has significant information, we’ll follow the year long life cycle of the mayfly called a pale morning dun. Yes, terrestrials are included. But we can’t glue natural insects to hooks and cast them to hungry trout! Flies! covers imitations of the food organisms trout eat, their designs, types and other important characteristics. Fish! Bugs! Flies! has charts, descriptive pictures and an appendix with definitions of terms.
Presentation 101 explains casting, presentation and mending, and how to apply each to different water types, fly types and water conditions. Learn to read water, and discover when to use various types of casts, mends and drifts based on how trout feed, water types, food organisms and imitations. Presentation 101 has 96 pages; 85 pictures, and 3 useful charts. This book should help any novice or intermediate angler learn to make more fishing casts, which are required when hooking a trout takes precedence over just practice casting while soaking in other aspects of fly fishing's delights.
Nothing replaces time on the water. Out there trout, water, insects and conditions either cause additional, or answer particular, questions. Books certainly help - they've helped me, anyway. But practical time observing, casting, trying; frustrating time when knots don't hold, snags interupt what was going to be a perfect cast; the perfect time when a fish takes a fly and comes to the net, is released and swims away; all of these and innumerable other mystic, magic, delight filled events make fly fishing for trout a pleasantly addictive affliction, for which the only cure is a memory, followed by more time on the water. Go soon, then again. Thrive.