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Reviewed By Neil M. Travis - October 26, 2009

Book cover for The fly-fishing predator

Raymond C. Shewnack is a retired advertising CEO and has been fishing the streams of New Mexico for over 50 years. This little soft cover book covers much of that accumulated knowledge in an easy to read, beginner friendly format.

The author compares a successful fly angler to various predators; a red-tailed hawk, gray fox, bobcat, wolf, osprey, lioness, blue heron, bull snake, and great-horned owl. His basic premise is, if we learn to act more like a predatory animal our ability to catch our prey would increase. Chapter headings include such fundamental aspects of angling as casting skills, reading the water, fly choice, and hooking and landing techniques. Each chapter covers the basics of that technique, and provides sound advice and practical applications.

This book is a primer and not an exhaustive treatise. This is an excellent book to give to a beginning angler, but even more experienced anglers will find some good tips.

The Fly-Fishing Predator
Author: Raymond C. Shewnack
University of New Mexico Press
Copyright: 2009
$24.95 Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-8263-4226-1

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