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Dry Fly Fishing

Author: Dave Hughes
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Dave Hughes
Dry Fly Fishing
Frank Amato Publications, Inc., Portland, OR, 1994
56 pages, Softbound, illustrated, Color

GFF rating: 5 out of 7

Reviewed by Bruce E. Harang

Dave Hughes has authored a number of excellent and practical books covering a variety of fly fishing topics. This volume is no exception. This slim book is an excellent overview and introduction to fly fishing the dry fly on both moving and stillwater.

The sections on dry fly fishing techniques and dry fly fishing tackle and equipment are concise, practical and informative. Following the suggestions in these sections will put the beginning and intermediate fly fisherman well down the road to becoming a first class practitioner of the dry fly.

The chapter on casting as it pertains to dry fly fishing is well done and a good balance between "too much" and "not enough" information.

The meat of the book comprise the chapters on actually fishing dry flies for trout. Dry fly selection and patterns are well covered. Also, well done, are the differences in techniques and approach between stillwater and moving water dry fly fishing.

Dave Hughes is an excellent writer and it shows clearly in this book. The photography of Jim Schollmeyer continues at its legendary high level of excellence. The photography greatly enhances the well chosen words of the author. Further, the flies tied for the book by John Rodriguez are both beautiful and well tied, setting a high standard as a goal for all fly tyers.

Overall, a very good primer for every fly fisherman casting a dry fly. This volume is truly a keeper.

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