Getting Started in Fly Fishing

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June 11, 2004


Mixed media product, 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

Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Getting Out There 1. The Start-Up Kit Rod, Reel, and Line Leader and Tippet Flies Tools: Fly Boxes, Nippers, Hemostats, Fly Floatant, Landing Net, and Sunscreen Waders Clothing and Sunglasses Vests 2. Before You Wet Your Line Knots: Attaching the Leader to the Fly Line, the Tippet to the Leader, and the Fly to the Tippet Casting the Line Wading In Deciding Where to Fish Knowing How Flies Should Look to Fish 3. Your First Day on the Stream Gearing Up: Planning When and Where to Go, Assembling the Fly Rod, Choosing and Attaching the Fly, Donning Waders and Vest Your First Cast onto the Water Your First Cast to a Rising Trout Hooking, Playing, and Landing Your First Fish Checking Your Leader, Tippet, and Fly Before Casting to Your Next Fish Fishing Varieties of Trout Water Quitting Time 4. Your Second Day on the Stream Watching the Water Tying on the Right Dry Fly When and How to Fish a Nymph When and How to Fish a Wet Fly When and How to Fish a Streamer Mending Line 5. More About Trout and How to Catch Them More About Trout More About Trout Streams Fishing in Lakes and Ponds Part 2: The Art and Science of Fly Fishing 6. Casting Problems and Solutions The Line Doesn't Straighten Out on the Backcast or the Forecast The Line Cracks Like a Whip Unwanted Knots in the Leader: The Tailing Loop There's No Room for a Backcast Casting Sinking Line and Heavier Flies Casting in the Wind 7. More on Understanding and Imitating What Trout Eat The Foods Trout Eat Mayflies Caddisflies Stoneflies Terrestrials Still-Water Foods Forage Fish 8. Presenting Flies to Trout Dry Fly Strategies Nymph Strategies Strategies for Wet Flies and Streamers Still-Water Strategies 9. Trout Waters and Stream Safety Groundwater Rising Water to High Water Falling Water to Low Water Stream Safety--Again 10. The Future of Fly Fishing Stream Etiquette Local Conservation Regional Conservation Groups National Groups Part 3: Going Farther and Further 11. Beyond Trout Salmon and Steelhead Other Freshwater Quarry Saltwater Fly Fishing 12. Flies and Fly Tying Attractor Flies All-Purpose Flies Imitator Flies Dry Flies Wet Flies Nymphs Streamers Saltwater Flies Fly Tying Tom's Terrific Twenty-Four for Trout Bibliography Resources Index

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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