Published May 30. 2002 - 20 years ago
Updated or edited Feb 7. 2017

Book review: Bass Bug Fishing

William G. Tapply
The Lyons Press, New York, NY
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142 pages, hardbound, illustrated, color and B&W
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This small volume is a general overview of the bass bug fly-fishing. It contains sections on the history of bass bug fly-fishing, how bass bugs work, fly-fishing for top-water bass, fly-fishing gear needed, tactics for fly-fishing bass bugs, tying bass bugs, a collection of bass bug fly patterns, and a bass bug fly-fishing bibliography.
Most of the book's contents are a compilation of what others have recorded in the books listed in the bibliography. There is very, very little new material here. There certainly is nothing innovative to be found. If you are completely new to bass bug fishing this book will certainly put you on the correct path and furnish you with the tools necessary to be successful. If you are already, a bass bug fly fisherman you will not find anything new to add to your arsenal.

The four color plates shot by Dick Talleur are wonderfully done. The rest of the illustrations are in black and white, by the author, and they are of very poor quality. The quality of the black and white illustrations is so bad that they should never have been allowed by the editor. The writing is very good. Unfortunately, the author has very little to say that hasn't already been well said by others.

Overall, the highpoint of the book is the bibliography. If you are new to bass bug fly-fishing this book is worth checking out of your local library.


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