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October 11th, 2004

Fly-Fishing Coastal Cutthroat Trout
By Les Johnston
Published by Frank Amato Publications

Reviewed by James Castwell

I was impressed by Les Johnson even before I met him. Having moved to the west coast, I found myself at a loss on the fishery hereabouts. The book, Fly Fishing for Pacific Salmon, had already become a classic, and was recommended. Les was one of three authors who combined their various talents and knowledge with great success. That was back in the mid eighties.

No wonder he was included. A few years before he had authored Sea-Run Cutthroat Trout. More of a 'how to' type book. It set the standard at the time.

Les felt it was time to enlarge on the theme and he has done so with talent, style and professionalism. Woven throughout are vignettes of times and places of actual fishing jaunts and the interesting times involved, with great photos. A very readable book.

Les has spent several years collecting and correlating the facts and flies on this interesting fishery from California through Oregon and Washington to British Columbia and Alaska. You will find nearly every stream of any value the entire way listed and detailed information on each. Included are the overviews of each state on management of the fishery.

A large section on the flies, in color of course, and how to tie them is included. One of the sections I thought was of importance was on equipment. As these fish have differing habits, the gear needs to be able to cover a wider set of conditions. Les does a fine job of setting up the book, right from the start he takes you logically through each important facet of our Cutthroat Trout. The author makes this statement at the front of his new work. I like it and include it here.

"I make no claims to be an expert on the coastal cutthroat. I am quite simply a writer and fly fisher who has, through the years become closely identified with this amazing trout. I feel uniquely fortunate for my association with the coastal cutthroat and privileged to have been able to work with so many fine caring people in putting the book together. I am a very lucky man. ~ Les Johnson April 4, 2004"

Fly-Fishing Coastal Cutthroat Trout
Les Johnson
144 pages
Hardbound (ISBN: 1-57188-334-5) $45.00
Softbound: (ISBN: 1-571-88-33-9) $29.95
Full color, 126 individual fly plates & recipes
Published by Frank Amato Publication
~ JC

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