Let's say you take a guy who started fly fishing when he was
thirteen and spent nearly the rest of his life reading, fishing and studying
about the sport and decided it needed a darn good book for beginners.
He vowed "someday I will write a book that will actually show the reader
how to fish with a fly."
So he wrote one that has been a basic for many
fly fishing schools.
He spent a few more years perfecting and expanding
all he had learned and came out with a second edition, even though his
first was hailed for it's simplicity and clarity of instruction. That author
is Lenox Dick. His first book did just what he wanted it to. His second
edition improves upon it, taking the beginner through everything he needs
to get a good start on the sport.
Here are the chapters: Basic Tackle, Casting Basics, Advanced
Fly Casting & Presentation, Reading water, Aquatic Insects & Other fish
food, Flies, The Caddis That May, Wading, Opening Day, The Delights
of June, The Middle of July, Nymph Fishing, Soft-hackle flies, Bush-whacking
Feeder Streams, Spring Creeks, big Limestone Trout, Winter Fly Fishing
for Trout, Night Fishing, More About Fly fishing Equipment, Steelhead
Fly Fishing Vagaries, Summer Fly Fishing for Steelhead, Winter Steelhead,
Fishing Sink-tip Lines for Steelhead, The Camera Killer, The Best Fishing
is Between the Pages of a Book. It seems to me that about covers it.
Ok, add to that a few of his friends like Pearson, Locke, Jewitt,
Gierach, Hafele, Hughes, Powell, Supinski, Rahr, Green, Bachman, Amato,
Sherman, and Hart, and you have an impressive list of contributors all of
whom help make up a book which should be regarded as a classic for the beginner.
Included are many photos, both color and black and white and plenty
of line sketches to make everything clear and easily understood. A fine and
noble work, whether for yourself or a gift to someone just starting out. Notable
also is the fact that all royalties from the book are donated to 'Oregon Trout'
for the conservation of wild fish.
This book could easily been titled "The Beginners Fly Fishing Bible."
The Art and Science of Fly fishing
is softbound, 134 pages. The price is a bargin $19.95, ISBN: 1-878175-141-6. ~ JC