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and the wisdom contained is timely today. Others can be
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November 24th, 1997
"Caddis Supper Hatches"
by Carl Richards and Bob Braendle
Published by Frank Amato Publications, © 1997
To say that no serious fly fisherman
should not be without this book is probably inaccurate.
Most of us tend to zero in on a certain phase of our sport.
We seem to prefer dries, or nymphs, or wets, or streamers,
or some combination of these. We have survived without
these eighty-seven pages so far. We may also have been
Where do the caddis fall in this mix?
Along side of ... in addition to ... caddis are another facet
of the elusive jewel of fly fishing. Nowhere do the authors
suggest you abandon any of your normal methods and
pursuits. Rather, they have opened a new and exciting
spect of enjoyment. For the discovering, learning, imitating,
and fishing of caddis is much like having a chance to start
all over again.
At times some of us may feel we have
gained about as much knowledge as we need to be accomplished
at what we do. This is a whole new challenge - an addition to
the enjoyment of our recreation. If you wish to enrich your
time on the stream and at the tying vice, this is a book for you.
I am most pleased to highly recommend it to any fly fisher,
whether new to the sport or an old hand.
The authors open with a narrative
'hooking' the reader on 'how you can go wrong when
fishing caddis.' They then take you gently by the hand
through the mysteries of the insect. By the time you have
finished the book you realize it is not just for reading, but
a reference manual for the years to come.
The subject is covered simply and
well with all necessary care given to text as well as the
photography - which is outstanding. There are hatch-type
charts for the entire United States covering any caddis of
value at all times of the year. Also most well done are the
detailed instructions for the imitation and presentation of
the tied flies.
All in all, if you have only one book
on caddis, this should be the one. If you have none; get it.~JC
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