The Complete Book of Fly Fishing

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McGraw Hill Professional, Sep 22, 1997 - Sports & Recreation - 368 pages
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Five hundred years ago, in the first English-language book on angling, Dame Juliana Berners wrote that "there is more to fishing than catching fish." She was writing about fly fishing. No matter where practiced, when, or by whom, no other form of fishing offers the challenge, frustration, provocation, stimulation, intoxication, fascination, excitation, tranquility - and base rewards - of fly fishing. 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 fly casting, successful fly fishers must then know about insects and other natural life forms that fish feed upon; they must have a full understanding of fish and their habits; and they need to know something about weather and how its extremes can affect the aquatic environment. 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 ofalmost a half-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. Perhaps it's a publisher's conceit to call any book complete. But in this age of fly-fishing specialization, where a $3

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Gives directions for fishingwith light tackle using artifical insects and their larva. Gives detailed instructions how to cast. Read full review


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Angler's Hall of Fame member Tom McNally, a native of Berlin, New Hampshire, has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as one of the world's best-known outdoor writers, with more than 26 books, 10,000 newspaper columns, and 4,500 magazine features to his credit. He has written for, among others, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, True, Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, Look, and USA Today. He was outdoor editor for the Baltimore Sun, and later the Chicago Tribune. Now retired, Tom lives with his wife, Phyllis, along Montana's Madison River, where he fishes, hunts, writes, and watches the sunset playing across Fan Mountain.

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