Fly Fishing: A Woman's Guide

Fly Fishing: A Woman's Guide


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071581851
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 02/29/2000
Series: Ragged Mountain Press Woman's Guide Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x (h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Dana Rikimaru, a 20-year fly-fishing veteran, is head instructor at the renowned Orvis Colorado Fly-Fishing Schools in Evergreen, Colorado, where she is also an Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide. A Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor and a member of Trout Unlimited and the Colorado Women Flyfishers, she has taught and guided hundreds of women, men, and children through the fundamentals of fly-fishing.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Women and Fly-Fishing

What is fly-fishing?

Why fly-fishing?

Who fly fishes?

Chapter 2: Getting Started

What does it take?

Physical profile

Solo or with others?

Classes and schools

Classes for women

Acquiring gear

Common concerns

Chapter 3: Your First Excursion

Getting comfortable on the water

Rods and gear

Other basic items

Where to go

What else do I need to know?

Chapter 4: Basic Techniques

Why is casting so important?

Casting theory

What you need for casting practice

The basic cast


More advanced casting techniques

Chapter 5: Advanced Techniques

From the fly line to the fly


Fly-fishing strategy

The catch

Protecting our resources

Chapter 6: Equipment

Selecting a fly rod

Selecting a reel

Fly lines

Dress for success



Alternatives to a vest

Landing nets

Putting it all together

Chapter 7: Personal Safety and Outdoor Skills


Feeling safe as a woman

Stream etiquette

Personal comfort

Chapter 8: Further Adventures

Expanding your adventures

Pregnancy and other special physical conditions

Fly-fishing with children

Chapter 9: Real Bugs, Flies You Tie, and Final Thoughts

Aquatic entomology

Fly selection

Fly-tying basics


Chapter 10: Resources


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caitemaire on LibraryThing 6 months ago
If you are someone, especially a woman, looking for a good, not too terribly complicated, introduction to fly fishing this would be a book to consider.Certainly all the necessary topics are covered. Equipment, casting, reading the water, various practical considerations all get good coverage for a book this size. The 'especially a woman' part refers to some parts, but certainly not an overwhelming part, that may answer some issues that women may be concerned about. Equipment geared toward woman, being the only woman on a stream or in the fly fishing shop, safety for a woman fishing alone, classes geared to woman...all these topics get some discussion.All together, a good, solid introduction to a grand sport.