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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.
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March 9th, 1998
A Modern Dry-Fly Code
Written by Vincent C. Marinaro
Published by Crown Publishers, Inc.
If you weren't a fly fisher in the 1950's
when this book was published, or in the 1970's for the
second edition, you may have missed it.
While this book may not be available
through your local bookseller (Barnes and Noble don't even
list it as in print) it will be worth your effort to find it.
Regardless of all the new and wonderful books on the
market today, I personally believe A Modern Dry-Fly Code
to be the very best fly fishing book written.
Along with wonderful angling stories
on eastern limestone waters, the explainations of hatches
and flights, the detailed tying instructions, and the evaluation
of the importance of different insects opened my eyes to a
new world some twenty-five years ago. It still delights me
today. The dog-earred copy in the photo is ours. I would
hope your copy gets as much use.
Thorax-tied flies were mind-boggling.
How could changing where the hackle was placed, much less
wrapped, make a difference? The absolute proof is in the
catching. (The fact that I later saw photographic proof is
immaterial — after all, pictures can lie.) But actually fishing
these flies makes all the difference!
Add to that the terrestrials. Most fly
anglers know Vince Marinaro invented the Jassid. But here
are of diaries of the events leading up to that invention.
Vince's long friendship with Charlie Fox, and their adventures
are a delight to read ... even for a non-tier.
The book is sprinkled with neat black
and white drawings, color photographs of some of Marinaro's
fly creations, and several pages of photographic wonderment — the
rise forms of trout. A Modern Dry-Fly Code should be
required reading for every fly fisher. It could change your life
If you buy a copy of the 2nd Edition you
will have the added writings, in the form of Vince's notes
preceeding some chapters, and "A Backward Look." Vince
writes without apology and a rare passion lacking in most of
today's "experts." No wonder the book has become a classic
in European fishing circles.
A Modern Dry-Fly Code IS available
through Angler's Art, (it doesn't hurt that Angler's Art is not far
from Vince's homewater, the Letort,) and is listed in their Cabin
Fever Sale flier at $29.95. Give Barry a call at: 800-848-1020.
[Update: It has now been reprinted, and is availabe from Lyons
Press!] ~ DB
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