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The Complete Book of Fly Fishing

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There's an old saying among fly fishers that equipment isn't the only thing, it's everything. But the best equipment in the world will catch few fish if you don't know how to use it. Experienced anglers with dimestore equipment can outfish the superbly equipped tyro every time--because they know how it's done.

With nearly fifty years of fly fishing to look back on, Tom McNally knows how it's done, from angling for tiny brook trout in mountain streams to fly casting for giant ...

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Overview

There's an old saying among fly fishers that equipment isn't the only thing, it's everything. But the best equipment in the world will catch few fish if you don't know how to use it. Experienced anglers with dimestore equipment can outfish the superbly equipped tyro every time--because they know how it's done.

With nearly fifty years of fly fishing to look back on, Tom McNally knows how it's done, from angling for tiny brook trout in mountain streams to fly casting for giant marlin in the open ocean--and everything in between. This book is the culmination of a long and respected career as one of the world's best-known outdoor writers--the collected knowledge of almost half a century of fly fishing condensed to fit between two covers. Here, in plain language, is a complete book of fly fishing from a complete fly fisherman.

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Editorial Reviews

Fly Rod & Reel
&'grave;One of the best thought-out basic texts I've seen''
Flyfisher
&'grave;To say any single book about a subject so diverse as fly fishing is 'complete' is tall talk, but this one delivers.''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070456389
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 427,304
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Angler's Hall of Fame member Tom McNally, a native of Berlin, New Hampshire, has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as one of the world's best-known outdoor writers, with more than 26 books, 10,000 newspaper columns, and 4,500 magazine features to his credit. He has written for, among others, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, True, Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, Look, and USA Today. He was outdoor editor for the Baltimore Sun, and later the Chicago Tribune. Now retired, Tom lives with his wife, Phyllis, along Montana's Madison River, where he fishes, hunts, writes, and watches the sunset playing across Fan Mountain.
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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface to the Second Edition

Introduction

1. About Fly Fishing

2. Fly Rods

3. Fly Reels

4. Fly Lines

5. Leader Design and Construction

6. Popular Fly-Fishing Knots

7. Fly-Casting Basics

8. Advanced Fly Casting

9. Gear for the Fly Fisherman

10. Trout-Fishing Flies

11. Special Flies and Bugs

12. How to Tie Flies

13. Wet-Fly Fishing

14. Dry-Fly Fishing for Trout

15. Nymph Fishing for Trout

16. Streamer Fishing for Trout

17. Hooking, Playing, and Landing Fish with a Fly Rod

18. On the Stream

19. Techniques for Low-Water Trout

20. Fishing Bass Bugs

21. Spinners and Porkrind for Bass

22. Streamers and Nymphs for Bass

23. Dry Flies for Stream Smallmouths

24. Fly Fishing for Northern Pike

25. Panfish on Flies and Bugs

26. Lake Fly Fishing

27. Fly Fishing Salt Water, Inshore

28. Fly Fishing Salt Water, Offshore

29. Special Fish Species

Afterword

Index

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  • Posted April 14, 2010

    A Great Overview of the Sport

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested or currently fly fishing. The information is comprehensive cover most topics and situations that one would encounter while participating in this sport. The book is a reference book the topics are easily laid out with an index that will help you find specific information quickly. When it is necessary there are captions or pictures to further the author's description on such topics as knot tying.
    The book covers all the basics of fly fishing and was one of the few that covered both fresh and salt water fishing. I am sure this one will be referenced by me for many years to come.

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