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Modern-day fly fishing, like much in life, has become exceedingly complex, with high-tech gear, a confusing array of flies and terminal tackle, accompanied by high-priced fishing guides. This book reveals that the best way to catch trout is simply, with a rod and a fly and not much else. The wisdom in this book comes from a simpler time, when the premise was: the more you know, the less you need. It teaches the reader how to discover where the fish are, at what depth, and what they are feeding on. Then it describes the techniques needed to present a fly at that depth, make it look lifelike, and hook the fish. With chapters on wet flies, nymphs, and dry flies, its authors employ both the tenkara rod as well as regular fly fishing gear to cover all the bases. Illustrated by renowned fish artist James Prosek, with inspiring photographs and stories throughout, Simple Fly Fishing reveals the secrets and the soul of this captivating sport. Winner, Guidebooks, Banff Mountain Book Competition 2014
Yvon Chouinard, a noted fly fisherman (chosen by Fly, Rod, and Reel as Angler of the Year in 2009) and environmentalist, is the founder and owner of Patagonia, Inc. He cofounded, with Craig Mathews, 1 Percent for The Planet, a group of businesses giving back to the environment. He lives in Ventura, CA. Craig Mathews, with his wife, Jackie, is the owner and founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, a retail fly-fishing outfitter based in West Yellowstone, MT. Craig has authored five books on fly-fishing in the western United States and Yellowstone National Park and is renowned as an expert fly fishing guide. Mauro Mazzo is an FFF Certified Master and THCI Casting Instructor, and he writes and photographs on a regular basis for European fly-fishing magazines. He has fished around the globe from the Italian Alps to Himachal Pradesh, from Cuba to the Kola Peninsula. He lives in Milan, Italy. James Prosek is an American artist, writer, and naturalist. Born in Stamford, CT, he is a 1997 graduate of Yale University where he was a member of Manuscript Society. Prosek published his first book in 1996 while studying at Yale. He lives in Easton, CT.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Russell Chatham, Tom McGuane, or Steve Rajeff [[tbd]]
Introduction by Yvon Chouinard
Chapter 1: Trout and Their Food by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews and Mauro Mazzo
Chapter 2: Fly-Fishing with Wet Flies and Streamers by Yvon Chouinard
Chapter 3: Fly-Fishing with Nymphs by Mauro Mazzo
Chapter 4: Fly-Fishing with Dry Flies by Craig Mathews
Chapter 5: Fishing Situations by Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, and Mauro Mazzo