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Das große Trockenfliegen-Buch
We don't often review books in German, but it has happened. And since we do have a large German audience - the second largest after the 'merikans - it's not totally out of the way to do so. Of course a lot of our readers will have no direct interest in a German book, but a lot of European readers will.
My German isn't as good as it used to be, but even with my limited control of the language I can easily read and understand Lukas Bammatter and Daniel Luther's book on dry fly fishing, and it doesn't take any language skills at all to see that it's a beautiful, well illustrated and thorough book.
This is in many ways a perfect beginner's book, going through all the motions of dry fly fishing with a complete coverage of the natural history of hatching insects, the anatomy of the natural and the imitation, a little about fish, feeding behavior and vision. From there on it's fly tying, line and rod selection, fly presentation and all the basics of fishing, going into a coverage of the different fish habitats and how to fish them: Alpine stream and lake, reservoir, Scandinavian streams and other locations rarely covered in English language books. The authors also mention grayling and fish like carp and chub. All these chapters are intertwined with small inserts of expert advice from a number of well known European anglers as well as advice on fly choice for different waters and fish.
This very easy to understand and useful introduction takes up the first half of the book, while the rest is a set of thorough tying instructions for 24 patterns including step-by-step photos and several variations of many of them amounting to a total of 72 fly patterns.
So altogether this book covers basically every aspect of dry fly fishing, which is both its strength and its weakness. As an entry level book for a newcomer it's as good as it gets with very hands on and fairly square cut advice. On the other hand it is yet another book on dry fly fishing, and even though the selection of these in German are bound to be smaller than it is in English, the subject has been covered before.
this book covers basically every aspect of dry fly fishing
If you're new in dry flies and the European angle, this is a great book. If you know the dry fly game, tie flies and have read other books on the subject, you won't learn that much new here. But the book of course remains a very beautiful book loaded with sound advice and great photos.