Getting Started in Fly Fishing

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June 11, 2004


Paperback, 208 pages


0071427872 / 9780071427876


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Main description

The fastest and easiest way to try your hand at fly fishing

Getting Started in Fly Fishing is dedicated to the simple but neglected truth that the best learning happens while doing. With leisure time more precious and limited than ever, author Tom Fuller gets readers started with only the information that's absolutely necessary for that first day on the stream. In a few quick strokes, Fuller introduces the contents of a pared-down start-up kit and identifies heavily promoted items of gear that are definitely not needed. With succinct, easy-to-follow instructions, he shows readers how to:

  • Start fishing after just an hour with this book
  • Make their first cast to a rising trout
  • Play and land their first fish
  • Fish with dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, and streamers
  • Cast to all kinds of fish in all waters, fresh and salt

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart 1: Getting Out There1. The Start-Up KitRod, Reel, and LineLeader and TippetFliesTools: Fly Boxes, Nippers, Hemostats, Fly Floatant, Landing Net, and SunscreenWadersClothing and SunglassesVests2. Before You Wet Your LineKnots: Attaching the Leader to the Fly Line, the Tippet to the Leader, and the Fly to the TippetCasting the LineWading InDeciding Where to FishKnowing How Flies Should Look to Fish3. Your First Day on the StreamGearing Up: Planning When and Where to Go, Assembling the Fly Rod, Choosing and Attaching the Fly, Donning Waders and VestYour First Cast onto the WaterYour First Cast to a Rising TroutHooking, Playing, and Landing Your First FishChecking Your Leader, Tippet, and Fly Before Casting to Your Next FishFishing Varieties of Trout WaterQuitting Time4. Your Second Day on the StreamWatching the WaterTying on the Right Dry FlyWhen and How to Fish a NymphWhen and How to Fish a Wet FlyWhen and How to Fish a StreamerMending Line5. More About Trout and How to Catch ThemMore About TroutMore About Trout StreamsFishing in Lakes and PondsPart 2: The Art and Science of Fly Fishing6. Casting Problems and SolutionsThe Line Doesn't Straighten Out on the Backcast or the ForecastThe Line Cracks Like a WhipUnwanted Knots in the Leader: The Tailing LoopThere's No Room for a BackcastCasting Sinking Line and Heavier FliesCasting in the Wind7. More on Understanding and Imitating What Trout EatThe Foods Trout EatMayfliesCaddisfliesStonefliesTerrestrialsStill-Water FoodsForage Fish8. Presenting Flies to TroutDry Fly StrategiesNymph StrategiesStrategies for Wet Flies and StreamersStill-Water Strategies9. Trout Waters and Stream SafetyGroundwaterRising Water to High WaterFalling Water to Low WaterStream Safety—Again10. The Future of Fly FishingStream EtiquetteLocal ConservationRegional Conservation GroupsNational GroupsPart 3: Going Farther and Further11. Beyond TroutSalmon and SteelheadOther Freshwater QuarrySaltwater Fly Fishing12. Flies and Fly TyingAttractor FliesAll-Purpose FliesImitator FliesDry FliesWet FliesNymphsStreamersSaltwater FliesFly TyingTom's Terrific Twenty-Four for TroutBibliographyResourcesIndex

Author comments

Tom Fuller (Belchertown, MA) is a lifelong angler and a writer whose articles have been widely published in fishing and outdoor magazines. He is New England editor of Field & Stream magazine.

Back cover copy

Do your wading in a brook, not a book

Can’t wait to hook into your first trout? You don’t have to! Unlike other beginner’s books, this streamlined guide to getting your feet wet in one of America’s fastest growing sports gives you just the information you need, as you need it, to get out on the stream and start flicking your fly rod—after just one hour with this book!

Master angler and writer Tom Fuller keeps the reading and preparation to a bare minimum as he provides must-have information that you can take straight to the bank—of the stream, that is. Carefully sequenced to be in sync with your learning curve, and supported by numerous and detailed photographs and drawings, Getting Started in Fly Fishing shows you how to:

  • Assemble a start-up kit packed with everything you need and not one item more
  • Learn essential knots and basic casting techniques fast
  • Plan your first day of fishing
  • Execute your first cast to a rising trout
  • Hook, play, and land your first fish

Looking for more advanced coaching? You’ll find plenty of that here too, including how to deal with common casting problems; read the water; choose the right fly for any situation; present flies to trout; and go beyond trout to salmon, bass, steelhead, and saltwater fish. But first you have to get started, and nothing puts your line in the water faster than Getting Started in Fly Fishing.

Tom Fuller is a lifelong angler whose articles have been widely published in fishing and outdoor magazines. He is the Northeast Regional columnist for Outdoor Life magazine and has published several books on fly fishing.

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