Synopses & Reviews
If you believe what you read, fly fishing requires the touch of a surgeon and the spirit of a Zen master. Forget about what you’ve heard about f ly fishing in the past, if you really want to learn how to fly fish all you need are the right tools, proper technique, and a positive attitude. With these essential elements you can begin to enjoy the sport of fly fishing in no time.
For those of you who have never held a fly rod, you will find enough information here to get you started. You won’t be forced to discover everything all at once. If you’re already a fly rodder, you’ll find plenty of tips and techniques that you can turn to right away without going through the basics all over again. And if you’re a master angler, you will find this book a handy reference for all kinds of questions.
Fly Fishing For Dummies explores the fun and fundamentals of fly fishing—from tying flies to reeling in your catch. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran angler, here you? 8217;ll find all the tips and tricks for choosing the right kind of gear; how and where to catch freshwater and saltwater fish; visual examples of the art of casting; and how to read the water, wade, cast, and (finally) land yourself a whopper. You’ll also find out how to:
- Identify the best fish to fly fish for—from rainbow trout to black marlin
- Improve your catch and release techniques
- Continue your education through recommended references and online resources
- Choose the right rod, reel, and gear to land the fish you are after
- Master all the casting styles you’ll ever need
- Tie your own flies or choose pre-made ones proven to get results
With over 150 illustrations and proven advice, Fly Fishing For Dummies
is a great primer on fly fishing’s essential elements.
Fishing is one of those areas in life in which you can keep improving as you grow older (and wiser). Steeped in tradition, fly fishing -- where the weight of your fishing line carries the fly, instead of the weight of your sinker, lure, or bait carrying the line -- is easier than Isaak Walton made it sound in "The Compleat Angler" (published in 1653), the forerunner to today's all-purpose fishing books. To master the art (and the science) of fly rodding, all you need is a rod, a few flies, some water, and a copy of "Fly Fishing For Dummies."
Whether you're a novice or a veteran angler, here are all the tips and tricks for choosing the right kind of gear; finding out how and where to catch freshwater and saltwater fish; practicing the art of tying flies; and discovering how to read the water, wade, cast, and (finally) land yourself a whopper.
Peter Kaminsky, author of "Fishing For Dummies" and the outdoor columnist for "The New York Times" since 1985, was hooked on fly fishing after landing his first catch (a 30-pound grouper). He puts his angling savvy and know-how into "Fly Fishing For Dummies," which is packed with more than 150 illustrations and the author's sage advice, down-to-earth language, and relentless, good-humored wit. In no time, you'll be tying Woolly Buggers, Ausable Wulffs, Maribou Mickeys, Clowser's Minnows, and Griffith's Gnats, and will be reeling in those fat rainbow trout, largemouth bass, and fresh Atlantic or Pacific salmon to your heart's content!
"Well-written and superbly organized, this book is a great primer."
Joe Healy, Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine
150+ illustrations will have you casting and catching in no time!
The fun and easy way® to get hooked on fly fishing
If you think fly fishing is only for tweedy uppercrust types, think again! With some basic gear and the help of this friendly guide, you too can experience the fun of casting a fly and reeling in a big rainbow trout. From buying a rod to finding the best fly fishing destinations, it delivers just what you need to get hooked.
Praise for Fly Fishing For Dummies
"Its all here . . . from choosing gear, to learning how to cast, to reading water, to catching fish."
Jay Cassell, Sports Afield magazine
"With relentless wit, Peter Kaminsky has peeled away all the mysticism, social tone, and other impediments to learning about this sport."
Paul Schullery, author of American Fly Fishing
Discover how to:
- Choose the right gear
- Buy or tie basic flies
- Perfect your casting
- "Read" water and locate fish
- Fish the top U.S. trout rivers
- Cast for bass, saltwater fish, and more
A complete guide to fly fishing basics and beyond, this fresh and fun guide covers both fresh and saltwater fish, including trout, bass, snook, blue fish, marlin, tuna, and more. Kaminsky demonstrates the most common fly fishing casts and identifies casting problems and tells how to resolve them. Photos & line drawings. 384 pp. 50,000 print.
About the Author
Peter Kaminsky has written for Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, and the "Outdoors" column in the New York Times.
Table of Contents
PART I: The Basics.
Chapter 1: What Every Fly Rodder Needs to Know.
Chapter 2: Choosing a Rod.
Chapter 3: Reels.
Chapter 4: Between the Rod and the Fish: Hooks, Lines, Leaders.
PART II: The Fish and the Flies.
Chapter 5: Trout and the Bugs They Love.
Chapter 6: Great Mayflies (And Why Trout Love Them).
Chapter 7: Tying Flies.
Chapter 8: Great Rivers for Trout.
Chapter 9: Freshwater Fish.
Chapter 10: The Beautiful Black Bass.
Chapter 11: Saltwater Fish.
Chapter 12: Saltwater Baits and Flies That Work.
PART III: Fly Fishing Essentials.
Chapter 13: Casting and Presentation: The Heart of the Game.
Chapter 14: The Right Time and the Right Place.
Chapter 15: Catching and (Often) Releasing.
Chapter 16: The Fly Fishing Wardrobe.
Chapter 17: Knots: A Few Will Do.
PART IV: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 18: Ten Good Books for Guidance.
Chapter 19: Ten Great Reads.
Chapter 20: Ten Top Fly Fishing Magazines.
Chapter 21: Fly Fishing as an Interactive Sport.
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