Not so long ago a friend said she was interested in fly fishing. Could I suggest some fly-fishing books? She asked. No sooner had I nodded in agreement than I started stammering to find the correct answer.
It happens that fly anglers buy books that in the world of sport fishing are disproportionate to their number. That is, fly fishing is a small part of big game, but the number of books on fly fishing is far higher than that of other types of fishing. My unscientific observation is that book publishers therefore produce more volumes on various aspects of fly fishing than any other fishing title because they sell more copies of the former. I have visited many Barnes & Noble stores whose fishing section was heavily weighted on fly fishing books.
There are books on fly fishing as a sport and books on fly fishing, the former being things to be read in an armchair and the latter being more technical guides on the mechanics, equipment and methods of fly fishing, as well as the basics of fly fishing.
You can search for “the best fly fishing books” and find many authorities who think this is good read, focused on why people fly and how much fun they can have, and in beautiful places fly fishing is practiced. disproportionate trout streams.
If you want to be filled with the romance, passion, mystique and ne ne quoi of the sport, read the acclaimed novels by David James Duncan and Norman Maclean and the highly literate empirical works of Tom McGuane. John Gierach and Robert Traver.
On the guidebook page, my own non-comprehensive bookshelf has titles devoted to land fly fishing, stillwater fly fishing, fly fishing techniques, species-specific fly fishing topics, individual genres of insect-imitating flies, etc. There are also many manuals available on general fly tying techniques, as well as tying and fishing specific types of flies.
The best way to learn about knots and casting techniques is through videos. However, to become familiar with tactics, flight decisions, presentations, and the like, take stock of your interests – if you want to tie in what type of water you are fishing, what species, etc. – and look for a book on each of these. There are a number of good beginner fly fishing books out there that are no better than Tom Rosenbauer’s for Orvis. Older practical guides from AJ McClane, Joe Brooks, Ernest Schwiebert, and Mark Sosin are important to this day.
One caveat, especially if you buy a book online, make sure everything you buy is devoted to North American fishing as there are numerous fly fishing books out there (especially large format paints) that are mostly on British subjects and are not do adequately cover our species, waters and equipment.