Somehow the idea of any writer passing judgement on the work of
another writer is either the height of arrogance or stupidity: possibly
both. Since the majority of writers have not written a book (much less
several,) we can be accused of not knowing the subject matter - or not
liking the methods used.
As a reviewer on this page, I will attempt to be neither arrogant nor
stupid. Instead I will recommend those books which make sense, are fun and
interesting to read, and enrich us as fly fishers. ~DB
Sept. 1, 1997
by Harrison R. Steeves III and Ed Koch,
published by Stackpole Books, 1994.
(Excerpts used with permission.)
This is a delight! A short history of fishing
these summer and fall insects by both Harrison and Ed brings the
reader to a logical beginning. Where did terrestrial flies spring from?
Who is responsible for making the knowledge
available? What terrestrials are important? How do you tell one
kind from another? At what times of the years are which ones
How do you design a fly - much less a
terrestrial? What materials are used? And why?
Woven through each section are wonderfully
colorful personal stories of "Harry" as Ed calls Harrison, and Ed
fishing their way to a particular understanding of terrestrials.
Top that with superb line drawings and
instructions for tying the flies, (and specific directions for fishing
them,) for an unbeatable book. A listing of shops carrying
materials mentioned in the book is also provided.
Terrestrials is highly recommended
reading for both the fly tier and fly fisher who doesn't want to
hang up his rod in the heat of summer, or the low water of fall. You
certainly don't want to miss what might be your very best fishing! ~ DB
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