The Practical Fly Fisher: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Fly Fishing

The Practical Fly Fisher: Lessons Learned from a Lifetime of Fly Fishing

by Doug Stewart
     
 

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Sprinkled in between the fly dressings and tying lessons are hundreds of illustrations drawn by longtime fishing guide Doug Stewart as well as personal stories and anecdotes. These are interesting and informative—each one containing an element of knowledge or instruction that will add to your fishing success.

The book's purpose is to help you become a more

Overview

Sprinkled in between the fly dressings and tying lessons are hundreds of illustrations drawn by longtime fishing guide Doug Stewart as well as personal stories and anecdotes. These are interesting and informative—each one containing an element of knowledge or instruction that will add to your fishing success.

The book's purpose is to help you become a more complete angler, a better fly tier, and a more successful fly fisher. It covers all aspects of fly fishing: casting, proper equipment, tying flies, reading water, the feeding habits of fish, and the proper strategy for fishing a stretch of river. Also included in the book are traditional and historical flies along with a selection of Doug’s favorite patterns. Dressings and instructions are also presented.

Doug Stewart, a lifelong fly fisher, is also a fly-tying instructor and guide and a fly shop owner, and has written about fly-fishing for The Oregon Sportsman and Amato Publications. Doug spent many years teaching customers how to fly fish during the thirty-two years he owned Stewart’s Fly Shop. “I think I get more out of teaching someone, out of seeing them be successful or catch their first fish, than I do out of catching my own,” Doug says.

 

Editorial Reviews

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“Incredibly useful, interesting, and reverent . . . so well written and organized that you almost forget you are being educated in the course of being entertained and intrigued.” —John Shewey, Editor-in-Chief, Northwest Fly Fishing magazine

“I have had the privilege of knowing Doug since the early ’70s and am proud to be his friend. His passion for the sport of fly fishing is easily noticeable in his writing and day-to-day conversations. Doug goes way deeper than just catching fish. He is always happy to share what he has learned with others, which I feel puts him at the head of the class! His vast knowledge and research are proven in his new book.” —Jim Teeny, www.jimteeny.com
 
“A few years ago, I ran into Doug Stewart at his booth in the Portland Sportsman’s Show and we reminisced about our youthful years. Doug was tying his well-known steelhead fly called the Max Canyon and wearing his unique trademark English tweed fishing hat as we talked about fishing and fly tying. Our paths have crossed many times since, tying flies together at fishing shows and an occasional day of fishing.
“Doug’s new book, The Practical Fly Fisher, is a direct reflection about the life of an avid fly fisherman and teacher, and his knowledge and easygoing style have helped him teach people with all levels of abilities. His writing includes insights into solving problems as well as humorous and down-to-earth stories. Last, but not least, it conveys his message that we should connect ourselves with the past in order to appreciate where we are today. I’m happy to call the man in the tweed hat my friend.” —Lee Clark, coauthor of Fly Tying with Poly Yarn and the originator of Clark’s Stonefly
 
“I have fished with Doug for many years and have promoted his earlier works. His writing is interesting, informative, and spiced with humorous adventures. The strategies and techniques in his book will sharply improve your confidence, skills, and ultimate success. In simple terms, his distinctive style makes for a fun read and is invaluable for anyone who enjoys fly fishing and activities in the outdoors.” —Rick Toland, lifelong friend

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871083142
Publisher:
Pruett Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/15/2014
Series:
Pruett Series
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Doug Stewart, a lifelong fly fisher, is also a fly-tying instructor and guide and former fly shop owner, and has written about fly fishing for The Oregon Sportsman and Amato Publications.

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