Individual taste in books varies as much as the favorite rod
or fly. With that in mind, we hope to review books and
videos from the ever-growing fly fishing world, and share
them with you. Books will be the best of all worlds, new
and old. Many of the old books are now available in reprint,
and the wisdom contained is timely today. Others can be
found in second-hand book stores, or by mail order dealers.
As we find videos we feel are outstanding they will be included.
Be assured, reviews are based on what we have actually read,
and due to that fact, may not appear weekly.
March 30th, 1998
40 Best Trout Flies
By Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer
Published by Frank Amato Publications
P.O. Box 82112, Portland Oregon 97282
Phone: 503-653-8108 email Frank Amato Publications
"These 40 flies will catch trout anywhere
you fish. Their effectiveness is testified too in that they are
virtually all standard patterns. They have emerged as the
very best from thousands of different fly patterns and types
... all the flies listed are readily found wherever good flies
are sold. You may also want to learn how to tie your own,
so pattern recipes are included."
"These flies probably account for
over 80% of the trout caught in North American waters.
By combining them with the author's special ways of
fishing and presenting them to the trout, you too can be
very successful at tricking trout and basking in the warm
feelings of stream-side success!"
That is quoted from the book cover.
And while I don't usually pull verbiage off covers, this one
is probably true. This really is an excellent book. Especially
good for the beginning angler who has not yet figured out
the insects and hatches. And super for the intermediate angler
who has the bugs figured out, but still isn't catching as well
he expects. For those, the methods of fishing the individual
flies is the key to success.
If you would like a little preview of
author Alley's top ten nymphs, check out
Top Ten Nymphs column here.
Besides the nymphs, the book gives the ten best wet flies, ten
best streamers and ten top dry flies — each with tying recipes
and the method of fish it. And — not that you would need
anything else — there are delightful little insights of the author
The book is small enough to pack
streamside with you, very reasonably priced at $8.95,
and one any angler will find most useful. For the
beginning fly fisher, it is a must! — DB
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