No matter where practiced, when, or by whom, no other form of fishing offers the challenge, frustration, stimulation, intoxication, tranquility - and base rewards - of fly fishing. Author Tom McNally writes: "Fly fishing is the only fishing that completely captures the souls and brains of intelligent people, and imprisons them for their lifetimes. To be consistently successful, the all-round fly angler must be at least an amateur entomologist, ichthyologist, and meteorologist. After learning the rights and wrongs of tackle selection, and mastering the art of flycasting, the fly fisherman must then know about insects and other natural life forms that fish feed upon; he must have a full understanding of fish and their habits; and he needs to know something about weather and how its extremes can affect the aquatic environment". Here is a useful reference on fly fishing. Combining McNally's pithy prose with step-by-step illustrations from noted artist/ angler Tom Beecham, "The Complete Book of Fly Fishing" teaches every aspect of fly casting - from stringing up the rod through mastering the double haul. It shows how to catch every species of gamefish that can be taken on the fly rod, in every type of water - from northern trout streams to southern saltwater flats, from placid bass lakes to the foaming surf.
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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 McGraw-Hill Companies, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 70456720
Book Description McGraw-Hill Companies, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110070456720