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Simple Fly Fishing (Revised Second Edition)
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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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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
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
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!
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.
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.
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