Published Apr 9. 2003

The LL Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing

The Lyons Press
Publishing year: 
Dave Whitlock, Macauley Lord, and Dick Talleur
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The L.L.
Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing
is comprised of three previously
published books - Dave Whitlock's Fly-Fishing Handbook,
Macauley Lord's Fly-Casting Handbook, and Dick Talleur's
Fly-Tying Handbook, all well known L.L. Bean publications.

There three
books have been combined into a high quality hardcover book with
nice gloss paper stock and crisp color photos. I cannot tell where
the content has been updated for the new release, but certainly
much of the information is timeless.

What bothered
me about combining these three books into one is the repitition
of information. Dave Whitlock's handbook was always meant to be
the all-encompassing introduction to fly fishing. As such, it
has large sections devoted to fly casting and fly tying. Are these
necessary, given the roughtly two-thirds of the book that are
devoted to these topics by the other two authors? It's as if the
publishers took the three books, ripped the covers off, put a
new cover on, and left it at that. It felt odd to have different
authors competing for the same information inside the covers of
a single book. The authors do not necessarily contradict themselves,
but the terminology and teaching examples are somewhat different.

aside, the information contained within the book is quite excellent.
Dave Whitlock and Dick Talleur are both well known for their works
as fly fishing and fly tying instructors, and they certainly did
nothing to damage their reputation here. I had not been exposed
to the work of Mr. Lord, but his section on fly casting was quite
well done. The text throughout the book is generously augmented
with color photographs and graphics - including the legendary
artwork of Mr. Whitlock in his section.

For beginning
anglers who want a solid introductory text on fly fishing, this
book would be an excellent choice. Aside from my "three-in-one"
complaint. I am quite comfortable in recommending this book as
an all-around teaching aid.

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