Presenting The Fly: A Practical Guide to the Most Important Element of Fly Fishing

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A fly-fishing master teaches the intricate art of properly presenting a fly, with over 100 photographs and line drawings.

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One of fishing's wisest of sages, the indomitable Lefty Kreh, has so authoritatively condensed his art down to science--without losing the art--that when he begins this expansive volume on how to get the fly to the fish with "Some Guidelines for Presentation" he doesn't bother rounding off his list to a falsely neat and packageable 50 guidelines. Kreh deems there to be just 47, so 47 there are. Some are obvious--"Always approach the fish as quietly as possible before you cast"; "If you can see your line in flight, you can make a more accurate cast"; "Never cast farther than is comfortable for you"--while others are quite specific: "Always approach a single fish, or school of fish, from upwind"; "After you dress a dry fly, be sure to remove any oil before you make your next cast"; "When you fish extremely clear waters, switch from bucktail and natural-hair streamer flies to those made from the more transparent synthetic wing materials." The rest of the book riffs on the guidelines in depth, the first half focusing on elements like casting, retrieving, tackle, and wading; the second on how to catch specific species, all with essential illustrations.

This is an absolutely essential and practical guidebook, a how-to for every level of experience. Kreh's talent is his knack for thinking about fishing in a thorough, nuts-and-bolts way; he leaves the more poetic meditations to colleagues like John Gierach, Paul Schullery, and Nick Lyons. The beauty of angling literature, of course, is that there's enough room in the river for both camps, but if you sign up for Lefty's, you're guaranteed to catch more fish. --Jeff Silverman

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Nothing is more important for successful fly fishing than how an angler presents the fly. In this comprehensive book, Lefty Kreh explains that presentation is much more than dropping the fly into the best position. He delves into the following subjects with his usual knowledgeable vigor: which rods, reels, and lines to use and how to rig them; how the shape, color, and weight of a fly affect its performance under different conditions; knots every fly fisher should know, and why they're essential; how to understand and exploit the direction of light; how to spot fish and their hiding places in all varieties of fresh and salt water, whether it is overcast or sunny; where and how to approach fish; what clothes to wear to keep as inconspicuous as possible; how casts such as the stack cast and double-haul can be invaluable; how line manipulation, speed, and sink rate are crucial in retrieving a fly. Separate chapters are devoted to trout and other freshwater game fish, species that inhabit estuaries and coasts, and exciting saltwater fish such as permit, tarpon, and even sharks. (83/4 X 111/4, 364 pages, b&w photos, illustrations)

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