There's an old saying among fly fishers that equipment isn't the only thing, it's everything. But the best equipment in the world will catch few fish if you don't know how to use it. Experienced anglers with dimestore equipment can outfish the superbly equipped tyro every time--because they know how it's done.
With nearly fifty years of fly fishing to look back on, Tom McNally knows how it's done, from angling for tiny brook trout in mountain streams to fly casting for giant marlin in the open ocean--and everything in between. This book is the culmination of a long and respected career as one of the world's best-known outdoor writers--the collected knowledge of almost half a century of fly fishing condensed to fit between two covers. Here, in plain language, is a complete book of fly fishing from a complete fly fisherman.
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In the wise words of Dame Juliana Berners, spoken five centuries ago yet just as immediate now, "there is more to fishing than catching fish." So begins The Complete Book of Fly Fishing, a combination primer-encyclopedia that is indeed a fairly complete book--and without sacrificing depth for breadth. Early chapters include the basics, such as history, equipment, and technique. McNally explains the differences between dry flies, nymphs, and wet flies, and how to approach these very different forms of fly-fishing. Insect hatches, stream tactics, and more advanced strategies are also detailed with illustrations and color photographs. Final chapters cover less traditional quarry like bass, pike, and saltwater species.From the Back Cover:
Praise for The Complete Book of Fly Fishing:
". . .although I am usually skeptical of 'everything books,' the McNally volume actually seems to be one of the best-thought-out basic texts I've seen for a while--for a reasonable price at that--covering everything from trout to pike to sailfish."--Fly Rod & Reel
"To say any single book about a subject so diverse as fly fishing is 'complete' is tall talk, but this one delivers."--Flyfisher
"McNally's writing is disciplined, but smooth. The reader doesn't even realize that he or she is being tutored as well as entertained."--New York Newsday
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Book Description International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press, 1997. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Foreword Preface to the Second Edition Introduction 1. About Fly Fishing 2. Fly Rods 3. Fly Reels 4. Fly Lines 5. Leader Design and Construction 6. Popular Fly-Fishing Knots 7. Fly-Casting Basics 8. Advanced Fly Casting 9. Gear for the Fly Fisherman 10. Trout-Fishing Flies 11. Special Flies and Bugs 12. How to Tie Flies 13. Wet-Fly Fishing 14. Dry-Fly Fishing for Trout 15. Nymph Fishing for Trout 16. Streamer Fishing for Trout 17. Hooking, Playing, and Landing Fish with a Fly Rod 18. On the Stream 19. Techniques for Low-Water Trout 20. Fishing Bass Bugs 21. Spinners and Porkrind for Bass 22. Streamers and Nymphs for Bass 23. Dry Flies for Stream Smallmouths 24. Fly Fishing for Northern Pike 25. Panfish on Flies and Bugs 26. Lake Fly Fishing 27. Fly Fishing Salt Water, Inshore 28. Fly Fishing Salt Water, Offshore 29. Special Fish Species Afterword Index. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0070456380
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