Individual taste in books varies as much as the favorite rod
or fly. With that in mind, we hope to review books and
videos from the ever-growing fly fishing world, and share
them with you. Books will be the best of all worlds, new
and old. Many of the old books are now available in reprint,
and the wisdom contained is timely today. Others can be
found in second-hand book stores, or by mail order dealers.
As we find videos we feel are outstanding they will be included.
Be assured, reviews are based on what we have actually read,
and due to that fact, may not appear weekly.
October 27th, 1997
Trout Fly Fishing
a Practical Guide
By Chris Francis
Published by Frank Amato Publications, Portland OR
The key to successfully catching any
species of fish is very simple. Learn the habits of the fish,
the food it eats and match them up. Most of us as so busy
with our lives we opt to just go fish.
Chris Francis, author of
Brown Trout did the homework for us.
For those who thought a brown was just another trout, this
book is a revelation. It is the definitive book on
fishing this european import. Why are browns so highly
regarded? Perhaps the same reasons Farrari is regarded as
the best Italian import ... it's in the driving. Catching browns
is in the heart-stopping joy of having one peel line from your reel.
Well organized, beautifully illustrated,
the book takes the reader from the beginning of brown trout
in America to a final section with hints and tips that will make
any fishing trip better. Special sections feature how to find fish
in rivers and streams, or lakes and ponds. A thorough
discussion on which flies to use where and when, and as a
topper, the closely held secrets of fishing for browns at night
are all revealed in a graceful manner.
Baldwin Bridge on the Pere Marquette, Michigan
Where brown trout were introduced to US waters in 1884.
If you are a fly fisher, or a tier (recipes
for all of the recommended flies are provided,) or just a lover
of good books, Brown
Trout, is one to add to your winter reading list. ~DB
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