Published Nov 12. 2009 - 12 years ago
Updated or edited Sep 13. 2015

Book review: Pesca a mosca

Il manuale completo

Yeah, it's Italian, and no, I don't read Italian! Not much at least. I get the general drift, but the nice layout and the great pictures is more than enough to make me enjoy this "Complete manual of fly fishing". And in spite of having to spell my way through a few sentences, I already learned a couple of new things.

Armando Quazzo
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It's often said that fly fishing is a universal language. I can confirm that. Fishing with people from most of the globe has taught me that people from all corners do get along great when fly fishing, and that there seems to be an inborn understanding and sympathy between fly fishers.

The book I have been "reading" here underscores that there is a common understanding, It's in Italian and the reason that I put reading in quotes is that my Italian is limited to "grazie", "prego" and "arrivederci" plus a few odd words and sentences of which none are fly fishing related and a couple probably not even in the dictionaries.

I'm still enjoying the book fully - mostly because of the excellent images and illustrations, but also because I'm going through a bit of a language education. "Canne" is rod, "mosca secco" is dry fly and "mosche da salmone" salmon flies as you might have guessed.
Combining my limited Italian skills and the well organized and extremely well illustrated contents of this book, I can actually almost read it and certainly enjoy it.

The book is a general treatise on fly fishing covering gear, setup, fish species and fishing methods. Its great pictures and drawings makes it a nice source of inspiration, and running my fingers through it has given me many ideas for new patterns and new ideas to try - not to mention given my cabin fever another notch in the middle of this cold winter through its many nice location and action pictures.

Of course a book like this will be most interesting to Italians and people really able to read Italian. But the rest of us can also enjoy it, not least as a visual inspiration. This book easily seems to have the quality for translation, although I think it's almost more interesting in its original language, in which I guess there are way fewer good fly fishing books than in English.
Altogether a very nice acquaintance. Great to see an original production in one of the "smaller" languages (if you 60 million or so Italians will pardon me!).


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