Nymphs Volume I: The Mayflies: The Major Species, Including the Flies of the Baetis, Ephemera, and Ephemerellidae Groups

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Ernest G. Schwiebert published the first edition of Nymphs in 1973 but never ceased working on the project, and over the next thirty years he continued his research into the entomology necessary to successful trout fishing. Fly fishers in the early twenty-first century are accustomed to myriad types of artificial flies and approaches to catch trout, but back when there were still many anglers who populated a rules-bound world of dry flies and traditional wet flies, what Schwiebert said in the first edition of ...

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Overview

Ernest G. Schwiebert published the first edition of Nymphs in 1973 but never ceased working on the project, and over the next thirty years he continued his research into the entomology necessary to successful trout fishing. Fly fishers in the early twenty-first century are accustomed to myriad types of artificial flies and approaches to catch trout, but back when there were still many anglers who populated a rules-bound world of dry flies and traditional wet flies, what Schwiebert said in the first edition of this book was novel and heretical. Vincent Marinaro, author of that touchstone American text, A Modern Dry-Fly Code, and hero to Schwiebert, refused to speak with the younger writer after Nymphs first appeared, as this new book promoted a violation of form that was unacceptable to the gentleman of the Letort Spring Run. Schwiebert, however, stood solidly behind his methods of identifying, tying, and fishing imitations of nymphs, a revolution in the sport. Ultimately, critics hailed his highly original book as a landmark achievement in both the art and science of fly fishing, and thousands of anglers today carry fly boxes crammed with nymphs of various sizes and colors. 

Now, the classic text has been fully revised and greatly expanded—in two volumes—and includes taxonomic details of multitudes of individual nymphs from many different insect genera, hundreds of recipes for imitations, and digitally remastered original illustrations and numerous new illustrations by the author. Schwiebert backs his text with authoritative support from the classic work of numerous entomologists, such as James Needham, Justin Leonard, Jay Traver, and George Edmunds, and colors it with his stories of fishing with legends of the sport, including John Hemingway, Charlie Fox, and Joe Brooks. This new Nymphs calls upon decades of angling experience—years that connect extraordinarily different eras of fly-fishing—to present a lasting, highly usable angler’s entomology for all of North America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592284993
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Edition description: Volume I
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernest G. Schwiebert (1931–2005) became one of the masters of fly fishing and fly-fishing entomology in the late twentieth century. A widely published magazine writer and author, he produced works of literature that changed the way people fished, including Matching the Hatch (1955), Nymphs (1973), and Trout (1978).

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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     xv
Introduction for the First Edition, 1973     xix
Foreword for the First Edition, 1973     xxiii
Foreword II     xxv
Editors' Note on the Art for Nymphs 2007     xxvii
The Baptism of a Nymph Fisherman     1
The Prologues of Nymph-Fishing Theory     7
The Genesis of Modern Nymph Fishing     31
Early American Studies in Nymph Fishing     53
American Nymph Fishing at Midcentury     65
The Plumose-Gilled Nymphs of the Ephemera     97
The Nymphs of Hexagenia and Litobrancha     119
The Multi-Brooded Nymphs of the Baetis Clan     149
Nymphs of the Speckle-Winged Callibaetis     193
Fishing the Tiny Two-Tailed Pseudocloeons     219
The Swimming Nymphs of Siphlonurus     241
The Fast-Water Acrobats of Isonychia     269
The Triangle-Gilled Nymphs of Tricorythodes     297
The Clinging Nymphs of Heptagenia     323
The Swift-Water Stenonema and Stenacron     367
The Prolific Nymphs of Ephemerellidae     431
Notes     581
Bibliography     607
Index     613
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Ernest G. Schwiebert published the first edition of Nymphs in 1973 but never ceased working on the project, and over the next thirty years he continued his research into the entomology necessary to successful trout fishing. Fly
fishers in the early twenty-first century are accustomed to myriad types of artificial flies and approaches to catch trout, but back when there were still many anglers who populated a rules-bound world of dry flies and traditional wet flies, what Schwiebert said in the first edition of this book was novel and heretical. Vincent Marinaro, author of that touchstone American text, A Modern Dry-Fly Code, and hero to Schwiebert, refused to speak with the younger writer after Nymphs first appeared, as this new book promoted a violation of form that was unacceptable to the gentleman of the Letort Spring Run. Schwiebert, however, stood solidly behind his methods of identifying, tying, and fishing imitations of nymphs, a
revolution in the sport. Ultimately, critics hailed his highly original book as a landmark achievement in both the art and science of fly fishing, and thousands of anglers today carry fly boxes crammed with nymphs of various sizes and colors. 

Now, the classic text has been fully revised and greatly expanded—in two volumes—and includes taxonomic details of multitudes of individual nymphs from many different insect genera, hundreds of recipes for imitations, and digitally remastered original illustrations and numerous new illustrations by the author. Schwiebert backs his text with authoritative support from the classic work of numerous entomologists, such as James Needham, Justin Leonard, Jay Traver, and George Edmunds,and colors it with his stories of fishing with legends of the sport, including John Hemingway, Charlie Fox, and Joe Brooks. This new Nymphs calls upon decades of angling experience—years that connect extraordinarily different eras of fly-fishing—to present a lasting, highly usable angler’s entomology for all of North America.
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