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Simple Fly Fishing (Revised Second Edition)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  160 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Modern-day fly fishing, like much in life, has become exceedingly complex, with high-tech gear, a confusing array of flies and terminal tackle, accompanied by high-priced fishing guides. This book reveals that the best way to catch trout is simply, with a rod and a fly and not much else. The wisdom in this book comes from a simpler time, when the premise was: the more you ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by Patagonia (first published April 8th 2014)
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Rocky Manzer
Mar 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The more I read fly fishing books the more I convinced you cannot learn to fly fish through books. A tip here or there maybe useful but you really need someone to show you the basics in person and you need to spend time on the water. This book I assume is geared to someone trying to get started fly fishing simply and if it is it fails. Firstly, the book is confusing because it really isn't a tenkara book or straight rod and reel book they keep switching between the two methods. The authors, of w ...more
Jared Cook
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I would not approach this as a comprehensive how to book. More like a book to become inspired to go fish more and to be more efficient and minimalist about it, and pick up a few techniques that could be useful. It's a decent introduction to the basics of Tenkara fishing, and there's some info on regular fly rod fishing, but the best parts are the interspersed little days and stories that are more about why we fish than how. Stories that would be at home in an outdoor or travel magazine. The pict ...more
Dwayne Mchottie
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the concept

I love the concept this book presents, making fly fishing what it should be, a simple and fun adventure. Glad I gave this book a try.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good Primer on tenkara style fishing. Along with fish tales from the founder of Patagonia. It was a quick and fun read. Will implement its suggestions this spring.
Joe Stinnett
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hadn’t fly fished for many years. Excellent refresher. Much has changed. Wonderful photos.
Oct 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book that articulates some of my views about the spirit of fly fishing. The book is not so much about how to catch fish -- though it does address that -- but more about why we fish, or at least, why we should. A good read for those who have been overcome by all the gear, expenses, and techno minutiae that have stuck to simple fly fishing like parasites to the felt soles of wading boots!
Bill Day
Decent, but convoluted things in places

The reader might have been better served if the book stuck to fewer themes, maybe just tenkara for instance rather than jumping back and forth between tenkara and western fly fishing
Paul Batcheller
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True to its title, this books seeks to explain fly fishing in a simple, accessible manner. A good place to start for anyone who has ever been interested in fly fishing but didn't know where to start.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you've never fished before and someone handed you a Tenkara rod, this book would be useful. If you have any fishing experience at all you won't learn anything new from this book and your time and money would be better spent with a more advanced book or time on the water.
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful gem of a book, filled with useful information on fly fishing and wonderful anecdotes from the authors. I've read this book several times, and continue to find nuggets that bring me closer to understanding fishing, rivers and life. Essential reading.
Bob Peru
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
there's not much in english on tenkara. this is fine. reads like the copy editor of the patagonia catalogs wrote it. probably did. nice read though if you're so inclined to this type of fishing.
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