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100 Weird Ways to Catch Fish John Waldman About a year go GFF visitor and author John Waldman (of "Stripers, An Angler's Anthology" fame) posted a message on our discussion board with the subject
A Celebration of Salmon Rivers R. Randolph Ashton (photos) The cover picture is from Laxa in Ađaldal on Iceland and does strike a note, which suits this book eloquently, being a journey in words and pictures to the world's best salmon waters.
A Fly Fisher's Reflections John Goddard A compilation of articles and essays from one of the finest trout fishermen in the world.
A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park Steven B. Schweitzer In the interests of full disclosure, let me state up front that the author of "A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park", Steve Schweitzer, is a partner/co-founder of this web site as we
A Little Thing I Tied Myself Don MacLean
A New Generation of Trout Flies Scott Sanchez Ok - so - how happy was I to see that someone finally convinced Scott Sanchez to write a book?
A Passion for Pike Ad Swier It's nice sometimes to bump into a different book, and Dutch Ad Swier's pike book is different.
A Passion for Steelhead Dec Hogan Dec Hogan is well known in the fly fishing world as a master of the two-handed fly rod, but until I picked up "A Passion for Steelhead" I did not know much about Dec Hogan the angler.
A Passion for Tarpon Andy Mill The Masters on the Fly series of books by Wild River Press (see here ,
A Perfect Fish Ken Abrames A fantastic and fascinating striper book by the author of "Striper Moon"
A World of Pike Flies Ad Swier In the European pike fly fishing community Dutch Ad Swier is a well known profile, probably best known for his beautiful art, often depicting the toothy predator which this book is about, but also
ABU Optic Flies Michael Jensen A small book written by Danish Michael Jensen about Swedish ABU's renown series of streamers from the 60's, known as the Optic Flies.
ACA's Beginner's Guide to Fly Casting John Field A true beginner's guide to casting, providing basic knowledge of gear and casting, advice on how to get better, and help in troubleshooting.
Advanced Fly Tying A.K.Best The Proven Methods and Techniques of a Master
Advanced Fly-Fishing Techniques Lefty Kreh Lefty takes us from soup to nuts and offers us his opinions on many things flyfishing related.
America’s Favorite Flies Rob Carter and John Bryan Impressing in both scope, size, page count and weight, this book presents 224 US fly tyers and their favorite patterns.
An Entirely Synthetic Fish Anders Halverson Now this is not your average angling or fly-fishing book and definitely not a how-to or where-to book for the fly-fisher.
Atlantic Salmon Flies of Nova Scotia Damian Lee Welsh I have said this before in connection with other books: I wish there were more books like this!
Atlantic Salmon Handbook Peter Bodo Although this book is riddled with errors it does convey the basic information that a beginning Atlantic salmon fisher would need.
Atlantic Salmon Magic Topher Browne "Strike!"
Atlantic Salmon: An Illustrated Natural History Rod Sutterby & Malcolm Greenhalgh The subtitle for this book is "An illustrated natural history", and that is exactly what it is.
Backwoods Brook Trout Frederick Prince "I spent most of 1949 in utero, gradually gaining awareness that something truly good awaited once I left the waters of my beginnings." A review of Frederick Prince's book.
Bass Bug Basics John M. Likakis
Bass Bug Fishing William G. Tapply This small volume is a general overview of the bass bug fly-fishing.
Bassin with a Fly Rod Jack Ellis When I first read "Bassin' with a Fly Rod", I knew that I had found a book to my liking when I read this passage:
Becoming a Fly Fisher - From Brookie Days to The Tenth Level John Randolph If you want to know who's who and where's where, John Randolph is the guy to learn from. If there's anyone he hasn't fished with, and anywhere he hasn't fished, I'd be mighty surprised.
Beginner's Guide to Flytying Chris Mann & Terry Griffiths There are hundreds of books for the beginning flytyer, many of which are published by material manufacturers or tool manufacturers to 'lure' you into buying their wares.
Big Trout - How and Where to Target Trophies Bernie Taylor If you're content fishing for ten inch brown trout in secluded settings, great. If you have the desire and means to chase down big (and I mean big) trout, read this book.
Biological Time Bernie Taylor About a month ago, a friend and I fished NY's Salmon River and enjoyed a day of continuous action.
Bonefish Fly Patterns Dick Brown This is a thoroughly updated new edition of Dick Brown's classic title with new patterns added, excellent photos, in-depth descriptions and flies tied by the originators.
Bonefishing! Randall Kaufmann I wanna go Bonefishing!
Casting illusions Tom Rosenbauer
Catch that fish Peter Gathercole With a subtitle such as "The essential guide to fly fishing tactics" and cover texts such as "When to fish and where to cast" and "How to match the perfect fly" the promises are piling up i
Century end Paul Ptalis
Chalk Streams and Lazy Trout Robin Armstrong
Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying Charlie Craven Charlie Craven is no stranger to anyone who hangs out in the online fly tying bulletin boards, so the announcement of his new fly tying book was warmly received with a sense of keen anticipation.
Classic Michigan Flies John Osborn, Illustrated by Joe van Faasen This is not a big book by any measure - big as in pages, big as in format or big as in scope. Rather the opposite, actually. It's a small publication with a narrow subject.
Classic Salmon Fly Patterns Michael D. Randencich To borrow from Jerry Maguire, you had me at 1700 patterns. One thousand seven hundred patterns. Chew on that for awhile.
Classic Steelhead Flies John Shewey John Shewey has something going on with steelhead with several books on the subject already under his belt.
Clouser's Flies Bob Clouser It sure is nice to see Bob's flies celebrated in such a book. Heavy bond paper with a glossy sheen, beautiful full color photos, and lots of step-by-step instructions. Very nice.
Creative Fly Tying Mike Mercer I'm going to work this review backwards and do the complaints first.
Creative GeWe Wet Flies Dale A. Darling A wonderful little book with Belgian Geert Werbrouck's beautiful wet flies. Lots of pictures, lots of patterns, lots of tying and material tips.
Crooked Lines Dominic Garnett Some fishing books teaches you stuff, some fascinate you, some entertain you. Some do all and more
Czech Nymph Karel Krivanec et al. I was tying at a show in Roscoe, NY this past Spring when a gentleman approached my table to ask about tying Czech nymphs, referring the article I wrote a couple years ag
Das große Trockenfliegen-Buch Lukas Bammatter & Daniel Luther 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.
Designing Poppers, Sliders & Divers Steven B. Schweitzer This book raises the bar for warm water fly rod lure making books. Elmer Meiler reviews Steve Schweitzer's book.
Distant Waters - The Greatest Fly-fishing Worldwide R.Valentine Atkinson (editor and photos) R.Valentine Atkinson (ed. and photos)
Distant Waters - The Greatest Fly-fishing Worldwide
Published by Mitchell Beazley, Great Britain, 1997
ISBN 1-84000-010-4
Drag-Free Drift Joseph A. Kissane Drag-free drift is more than just adding a couple feet of 7x to your leader. Much more.
Dry Fly Fishing Dave Hughes Dave Hughes has authored a number of excellent and practical books covering a variety of fly fishing topics. This volume is no exception.
Dry-Fly Patterns for the New Millenium Poul Jorgensen In the year 2000, the ladies and gentlemen at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum extended an open invitation to fly tyers around the world to submit flie
Dyeing and Bleaching A. K. Best As you probably already know I'm an avid proponent of buying used books, and because of this you often see reviews of books with a few years on their back.
Essential Saltwater Flies Ed Jaworowski This book is some years old and can be bought used for about 10 US dollars, which makes it a very good deal, because this is an excellent book.
Extreme Flyfishing R.L "Bob" Nunley Want a great and affordable gift for a flyfisherman - or a little treat for yourself?

Farlows Salmon Flies Martin Lanigan-O'Keeffe This book is pretty exotic and definitely not for the average fly tyer. But if you are interested in classic salmon flies and their history, it's a book you must have on your shelves.
Feather Brain Drew Chicone If I were to commission a book on fly-tying from an author, the description of this book would be close to what I'd order.
Fifty more places to fly fish before you die Chris Santella I have never been really fond of Chris Santella's book "Fifty places to Fly Fish Before You Die", which I bought several years ago.
Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die Chris Santella See the review A Hundred Places to Fly Fish Before You Die
Fire & Ice Adrian Latimer
Fish Fights: A Hall of Fame Quest Bob Rich This is a first! I have read many books, which I had a hard time putting down once I started, but never a fishing book. Not until this one at least.
Fish Flies I and II Terry Hellekson This is an amazing couple of books!
Volume one has been sitting on my bookshelf for many years and I have had it out many times to check facts about various patterns.
Fisheye Matt Hayes I'm pretty delighted with this book.
Delighted with the fact that it's a book, which combines two of my main interests: fishing and photography.
Fishing in Grayling Paradise Karel Krivanec The introduction to this book starts with the following paragraph "I have written many articles about the Warm Vltava river over the past ten years with detailed descriptions of particular streams
Fishing Limestone Streams Charles Meck Charles Meck is no stranger to fly fisherman, at least those in the mid-Atlantic states, as he's been writing books and articles about fly fishing since the 1960's.
Fishing Online: 1,000 Best Websites Craig Buddo If you had asked me a while back, I'd have answered that a book on web sites is a stillborn idea. End of story.
Fishing Season Philip Weigall This is one of those books that I wish I bumped into more often. I did actually bump into this one.
Fishing Sense Philip Weigall
Fishing Small Flies Ed Engle With "Fishing Small Flies", Ed Engle has given us the 2nd half of his treatise on small fly fishing, joining his prior work "Tying Small Flies" to give readers a true master's course on the topic o
Fishy's Favorites Jay 'Fishy' Fullum Jay "Fishy" Fullum is no stranger to readers of Fly Tyer and other popular flyfishing magazines.
Fleye Design Bob Popovics Bob Popovics can rightfully be called one of the most innovative fly tyers today. And he keeps on sharing new methods in his latest book.
Flies as art Paul Whillock
Flies from the Flyleaves of my Diaries Preben Torp Jacobsen And at last the book is there: Torp in English. At last a book with the potential to reach beyond the borders of his small home country.
Flip Pallot's Memories, Mangroves & Magic Flip Pallot During a recent stay in London, I (of course) had to visit Farlow's in Pall Mall - a large and very well assorted outdoors, hunting and fishing shop.
Fly Fisherman's Guide to Saltwater Prey Aaron J. Adams If you are into fly fishing saltwater and like to tie your own flies, this is a book worth considering.
Fly Fishing and Fly Tying II Jaromír Karafiat and Miroslav Machacek You know - the internet is a wonderful thing. (As if you don't know that already).
Fly Fishing California's Great Waters Dan Blanton Dan Blanton hardly needs any introduction to most of GFF's readers, but anyhow: Blanton is the man behind the Fatal Attraction, a fly pattern that was amongst
Fly Fishing for Bass Lefty Kreh There are a few things you can count on when you read a book by Lefty Kreh - good storytelling, just-the-facts brevity, a conversation tone to the writing, and lots of practical no-nonsense advice.
Fly Fishing for Bonefish Dick Brown Dick Brown's bonefishing book is a true classic, and one of the first ones that was recommended to me when I was taking on bonefish for the first time.
Fly Fishing for Striped Bass Rich Murphy All it took was one quick skim through this book for me to come up with the
theme of my review. "I'm not worthy!" Really. I don't think I am. Wow.
Fly Fishing Mexico - the Yucatan Peninsula Juan Pablo Reynal and Daniel Beilinson This is a fantastically beautiful book!
Fly Fishing the Best Rivers of Patagonia, Argentina Francisco Bedeschi It is a stunning and mouth watering experience to let your fingers run through and your eyes run over this book.
Fly Fishing the Great Western Rivers Ralph Kylloe Some books just have it all: great images, well written text, large format, beautiful typography and all the nice graphic details. But very few have gold print.
Fly Fishing the Mountain Lakes Garry LaFontaine This is one of the funniest books I have read for quite a while. I laughed a lot while I read it - and learned a lot.
Fly Fishing the Pacific Inshore Ken Hanley Ken Hanley has done it again - and beat himself at it: made a book about the less traditional fly fishing in the salt.
Fly Fishing Treasures Steve Woit I didn’t know that I was interested in collecting fly fishing paraphernalia – until I read Steve Woit’s book
Fly Fishing Warm Water Rivers Joseph D. Cornwall Before we get to the review, I have to confess that I am a bit biased, as I've known Joe for a few years through his involvement in a fly tying email group of which we're both members.
Fly Rodding the Coast Ed Mitchell No doubt that Ed Mitchell is an authority on coastal fishing. Judging from his book titles alone makes him one of the top experts on the subject.

Fly Tying Tips & Reference Guide Dick Stewart A collection of hundreds of small tying tips gathered during Stewart's career as an editor of American Angler and Fly Fish America.
Fly Waters Near & Far Barry & Cathy Beck I have been lucky enough to fish quite a lot of places in this world, and generally consider myself a well-travelled fly fisher.
Fly-casting Finesse John L. Field I'm not a big fan of learning to cast from a book, but there's little doubt that this book can actually make you a better fly caster. And it features a remote controlled dry training shark!
Fly-Fishing for Bonefish Chico Fernandez When I started researching for my first bonefishing trip, one of the first names I bumped into was Chico Fernandez.
His flies, his stories, his photos, his articles.
Fly-Fishing for Smallmouth in Rivers and Streams Bob Clouser A steaming bowl of chili, Jets vs Patriots, and a great book on smallmouth fishing filled with pictures of anglers in short sleeves and lots of sunshine.
Fly-Fishing Secrets of Alaska's Best Guides Will Rice
Fly-fishing the 41st James Prosek This book is one of the best fly-fishing books I have read in a long time. One of the best books, period.
Fly-Fishing's Final Frontier Geoff Bernardo, Wally Edwards (Illustrator) I recently reviewed the book "Flyfishing for Coarse Fish" by British Dominic Garnett, and noted in that review how untapped a resource these
Flyfishing for Coarse Fish Dominic Garnett I have fished quite a bit for coarse fish with a fly in my time. Bream, perch, roach - and pike of course. I even hooked some chub that willingly rose to a dry cast to rising trout.
Flyfishing in Ireland Peter O'Reilly
Flywater Grant McClintock
Freshwater Life Jan Hamrsky This book gives you the opportunity to make a connection with aquatic animals. You can watch these images over and over again. It is also full of information in the texts and pictures.
Friends on the Water R. Valentine Atkinson
Fundamentals of Building a Bamboo Fly-Rod George E. Maurer & Bernard P. Elser Surprisingly, in an otherwise literature rich sport, there have been few quality fly-rod-building books. The ones that come readily to mind are AMATEUR RODMAKING, by Perry D.
Fusion Fly Tying Greg Senyo Greg Senyo's book on modern salmon and steelhead flies is a tour de force in goudy and flashy materials composed into large flies
Glimpses of Maine's Angling Past Donald A. Wilson I recently spent an evening reading a new book entitled "Glimpses of Maine's Angling Past", authored by Donald Wilson.
Grayling Flies Steve Skuce A thorough work on a very specific subject: flies tied for grayling fishing. This popular fish has long been in need of a dedicated book, and this is the answer to the grayling fishers prayers: a very large number of patterns targeted at grayling. Nicely illustrated with plenty photos.
GT Peter McLeod Wow! I just have to say wow! GT's are just... wow... and this book is like… wow!
Guide Flies Dave Klausmeyer
Hairwing & Tube Flies for Salmon Chris Mann With this book Chris Mann has worked his way through yet another pile of flies sent to him from all over the world.
Hardy’s Salmon Flies Martin Lanigan-O'Keeffe Another massive work on classic salmon flies from UK writer Martin Lanigan-O'Keeffe, this time on the flies from the House of Hardy.
Haynes Fly Fishing Manual Mark Bowler The publisher Haynes is probably best known for their car repair manuals, but also has instruction manuals for many other things, fly fishing included
How To Catch the Biggest Trout of your Life Landon Mayer
I've Never Met an Idiot on the River Henry Winkler When I first took note of Mr. Winkler's book, it was on, in a search for fly fishing books.
Imitative Fly Tying, Techniques and Variations Ian Moutter Ian Moutter, author of Tying Flies in the Paraloop Way, returns with his second book: Imitative Fly Tying.
Innovative Saltwater Flies Bob Veverka With "Innovative Saltwater Flies", Bob Veverka has followed the model of Judith Dunham, who wrote a pair of influential books on trout and salmon flies.
Kayak Fishing Cory Routh This book isn't brand new, but has been out for several years. My copy is even second edition.
Kayakfishing Ken Daubert This is the first book I have found dealing entirely with fishing from a kayak.
La mosca ahogada Tomás Gil Spanish flies are different! At least the ones that are shown in this book. The flies that this book treats are not only tied in a very special fashion, but almost all use Coq de Leon feathers. Read our review of La mosca ahogada.
LaFontaine's Legacy Al and Gretchen Beatty It's hard to believe it's been over six years since Gary LaFontaine passed away from ALS. Among fly fishers and fly tyers, he was well known but I don't believe well understood.
Lee Wulff Jack Samson Lee Wulff was a quintessential fly-fisherman. From earliest childhood growing up in Alaska, Lee and the outdoors were two intertwined threads in the pattern of a long and accomplished life.
Lefty's Favorite Fly-Fishing Waters Lefty Kreh
Lines on the Water David Adams Richards The guy grew up on the Miramichi? Oh man. I just had to read this one.
Long Flies Gary A. Borger In the spirit of full disclosure, I should admit now that Gary Borger was my first fly fishing hero.
Loughs of Ireland Peter O'Rielly
Master your Fly Casting! Jim C. Chapralis
Matching Major Eastern Hatches Henry Ramsay The cover and title of a book serve two very important purposes. The first is obvious - to grab the attention of a potential buyer.
Mayflies: Top to Bottom Shane Stalcup First things first - I really enjoyed this book.
Meerforelle an der Küste I + II Thomas Vinge Two things I have to admit you before I commence with this review:
Megan Boyd Derek Mills and Jimmy Younger A short, enlightening and entertaining biography of the renown Scottish salmon fly tyer Megan Boyd, a tyer who still inspires many salmon fly tyers and whose influence can still be found. Letters, anecdotes, photos and much more.
Merlin's Daily Fishing Calendar 2006 Alexander Schwab Do you need a last minute Christmas gift idea for an angler? Well, Merlin's Daily Fishing Calendar could be a very good suggestion for such a gift.
Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies Paul C. Marriner Paul Marriner is well known to Atlantic Salmon fly fishermen the world over. He is likely the best known Canadian fly fishing author outside of Canada today.
Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout Bob Linsenman & Kelly Galloup The authors are two of the best fly fishing guides in the state of Michigan. That is saying a lot in a state where fly fishing guides have been creating legends for over a century.
Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout, Second opinion Bob Linsenmann and Kelly Galloup This is a book that deliberately sets out to help the reader achieve a goal, which few of us actually admit we have: to catch BIG fish!
Morris & Chan on Fly Fishing Trout Lakes Skip Morris & Brian Chan This is one of the very few American books on fly-fishing for trout on
Stillwater. It also turns out to be one of the finest. The volume
Muskie on the Fly Robert S. Tomes We did a review of this book once before, but since two o
Muskie on the Fly Robert S. Tomes "Muskie are a lot like northern pike except - you can actually catch northern pike!"
- Anonymous Canadian fishing guide
Nervous Water Steve Raymond What more can be said about a Steve Raymond book that hasn't already been said? Simply put, he is one of the finest authors who has ever laid pen to paper on the subject of fly fishing.
North Country Flies Thomas Evan Pritt If you're into tying spider flies, soft hackles and so called flymphs, this book will thrill you. It's a reprint of an old book, originally published 1885.
Nymph Fly-Tying Techniques Jim Schollmeyer The subtitle "Over 1,000 color photos of techniques and pattern styles" lured me into buying this book from 2001.
125 pages at 10 UK£ or about 16 US$ used made it a no-brainer.
Nymph-Fishing Rivers and Streams Rick Hafele Rick Hafele should be a well known name to most fly fishers.
Nymphenfischen Tankred Rinder,‎ Alexander Keus,‎ Sven Ostermann My heart beats for specialty books rather than general ones, and a large book solely on nymphing is definitely something that stirs my interest. Even a German language one.
Observation Philip White This is a great book, and a really excellent intro to reading the water and matching the hatch for the angler who feels that both these disciplines are difficult. It clearly illustrates that they don't have to be.
Pacific Salmon Flies Cecilia Pudge Kleinkauf Brief and to-the-point are the words that come to mind after I have read this book. No nonsense would also be a good choice of words.
Pardon my Backcast Alan Pratt WARNING: I enjoy good humor. If you don't care for silly wit and prose, you won't agree with my review. Stop here and read something more serious on GFF.
Perrault's Standard Keith Edward Perrault This might not look like the most exciting book I own. It isn't valuable. It isn't particularly beautiful either – rather ugly actually. Still it's one of the gems in my collection.
Pesca a mosca Armando Quazzo It's often said that fly fishing is a universal language. I can confirm that.
Petitjean CDC Marc Petitjean A massive book, solely on CDC-feathers, -flies and -tying techniques by Swiss CDC master Marc Petitjean.
Philadelphia on the Fly ron P. swegman I wish I had more books like this one in my fishing library. I do have a few.
Pike Fever Jens Bursell Pike anglers have a new bible. This book essentially covers every conceivable aspect of pike fishing… and then some
Plu Stiniog Emrys Evans The story of this books is a fascinating one. The author Emrys Evans passed away in 2008 at the age of 91. In his life he had collected Welsh fly patterns.
Pop Fleyes Bob Popovics and Ed Jaworowski When reading this book, you get the impression that the authors are proud of their work and they know that they have written an above-standard-book.
Portraits of a Fly-Fishing Landscape John Juracek
Production Fly Tying AK Best
Proven Patterns Barry Ord Clarke
Reflections on the Loch Stan Headley A book on UK style lake fishing for trout, written in a personal and entertaining - but still very informative - tone
Salmon fishing in the Yemen Paul Torday This book was brought to my attention by GFF contributor Bob Kenly.
Salmon flies - Their Character, Style and Dressing Poul Jorgensen To review this book is like kicking in an open door - a door, which was opened a few decades ago.
Salmon, Trout & Charr Of The World Rupert Watson Two things attracted me by this book: the pictures and the price.
Salt Tom Rosenbauer This is one of those books that has you in awe just handling it. Big, heavy, high quality printing on heavy stock paper. Large full spread photos and delicate and discrete text layout.
Saltwater Flies Angelo Peluso The contents of my fairly well stocked fishing book shelves bear witness to the fact that I love fly pattern books. My small book database says that I currently have 115 pattern books.
Saltwater Fly Patterns Lefty Kreh
Saltwater Fly-Casting Techniques Lefty Kreh A no-frills treatise to teach us "how to cast effectively for the biggest fish under the most demanding situations".
Saltwater Flyfishing Paul Morgan and friends In computer circles - and maybe other places - a project such as this book is often referred to as a soup stone project. This refers to the fact that it's built from scratch by contributions from many people.
Secret Flies Editor: Vaclav Liska Match fishing is not very popular in the US.
Selectivity Matt Supinski I recently reviewed Matt Supinski's book Steelhead Dreams and was thrilled with Supinski's enthusiastic writing and his way of approaching the subject,
Shrimp & Spey Flies for Salmon Chris Mann and Robert Gillespie This book is titled Shrimp & Spey Flies for Salmon & Steelhead in the US
Simple Flies Morgan Lyle A book that has Hans Weilenmann's CDC&Elk on the cover has to have something good inside. And this book has.
Small Fry ron P. swegman
Spey Flies and Dee Flies John Shewey I have always been fascinated by Spey and Dee flies.
Spey Flies: How to Tie Them Bob Veverka Like many fly tyers, I've always had a fascination with spey style flies.
Steelhead & the Floating Line - A Meditation Bob Arnold Bob Arnold is undoubtedly one of the most devoted wild Steelhead fly fishers alive today. More importantly, Bob is also undoubtedly one of the Steelhead's greatest proponents.
Steelhead Dreams Matt Supinski A very thorough introduction to fishing for steelhead in the great lakes area in the US by renown steelhead guide Matt Supinski. Covering tactics, gear and flies as well as seasons and locations.
Steelhead Fly Tying Dec Hogan and Marty Howard Beautiful photos, lots of detailed text and schoolbook step-by-step instructions on how to tie 24 fantastic looking steelhead flies
Steelhead Fly Tying Guide H. Kent Helvie Kent Helvie has provided the Steelhead fly tyer with a very good basic fly pattern book. There are both modern and "classic" steelhead fly patterns of every type.
Stillwater Fly Fishing - Tools & Tactics Paul C. Marriner I usually skip the intros, acknowledgements, forewords and what-have-you's during my first reading of most books.
Streamers 365 Darren MacEachern I have been following Canadian Darren MacEachern's Streamers 365 project for a while, and I have covered it here on GFF before.
Streams of Consciousness Jeff Hull I will admit right now that I had never heard of Jeff Hull prior to reading his new book "Streams of Consciousness".
Streams of Dreams John Ross
Striper Moon Ken Abrames Fri, 23 Jun 1995 09:53:09 +0100 (MET) Hi book and flyfishing lovers
Stripers, An Angler's Anthology John Waldman (editor) I can't help being enthralled by stripers. And John Waldman's book has just enhanced that feeling.
Take the Fly Milt Mays THE FUNK cloaks my heart,
Hazes my mind,
Chokes out fun,
Good friends and sunshine. All for a fish
That will eat that f*king fly.
Taking Trout Dave Hughes Good, Solid, Practical Advice for Fly Fishing Stream and Stillwaters Geez - with
a subtitle like that, what more is there that can be said?
Ten Flies Simple Ties Glenn and Andrea Van Benschoten I have been interested in woodworking since I was a kid. (Bear with me - this
will have some fly fishing relevance soon enough). My Dad made all sorts of
The adventurous fly rod Niels Kirch Ørtoft A decade of fly fishing in the streams of 45 countries and states.
The Art of the Atlantic Salmon Fly Joseph D. Bates Reviewing a book originally from 1989 might seem a bit silly. Let me assure you it isn't!
Reviewing a book written by J. D. Bates might seem a bit intimidating. Let me assure you it is!
The Atlantic Salmon Fly Judith Dunham Why review a 30-year old book? Well, because it's a great book that deserves some attention.
The Best Carp Flies Jay Zimmerman I have been tying flies for quite some time now and it is quite a rare event when I pick up a magazine or book and get the urge to run to my vise and tie up some new flies.
The Best Fly-Fishing trips Money Can Buy Pat Ford
The Blitz Pete McDonald, photography Editor: Tosh Brown After this book was in my hands I found it very hard to put down, and for a while it sucked my attention away from the party and guests
The Brown Trout-Atlantic Salmon Nexus Matthew Supinski When an author asks you to provide content for a book, it's hard not to think "That's going to be one heck of a book!"
The Cast Ed Jaworowski
The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies Chris Mann Looking at the beautiful computer drawn flies on the cover of this latest and largest volume by Chris Mann, you might be tempted to think that we're talking about a soup stone project, where Chris
The Curtis Creek Manifesto Sheridan Anderson You will have to look a long way for a better and funnier introduction to fly fishing, which at the same time can serve you as a fly fishing mini-bible for many years.
The Essential Kelson Terry Griffiths If you are into classical salmon flies, great writing and excellent fly photography you are looking at a very good reason to set yourself back £35.- or about $57.- US.
The Feather Bender's Flytying Techniques Barry Ord Clarke When a great photographer, fly tyer and instructor writes a book, it’s likely to become a great book
The Feather Thief Kirk Wallace Johnson A fascinating "true crime" story that tells about the theft of skins from protected bird from a natural history museum in the UK with the purpose of using them for fly tying
The Fishing Club Bob Rich
The Flies that Catch Fish Chris Sandford & friends This is a book right after my heart.
The Fly Fisher Thorsten Strüben, Jan Blumentritt A large and beautiful book about the concept of fly fishing covering the subject from many angles, lavishly illustrated with amazing photos.
The Fly Fisher's Playbook Duane R. Redford Don't let the 4/5 rating fool you.
The Fly-Fisher's Craft Darrel Martin I've enjoyed all of Darrel Martin's fly fishing books, and "The Fly-Fisher's Craft" is no exception.
The Founding Flies Mike Valla Almost every trout fisherman has heard of the Adams dry fly, it being ubiquitous on trout streams throughout the world. You know the old adage - when in doubt try an Adams.
The Gentlemen's Society of Angling Jay Hill At only 126 pages, this quick read will have your mind absorbed in the genesis and exodus of The Gentlemen's Society of Angling.
The Humpy Encyclopedia Gretchen and Al Beatty It’s hard not to like a completely free e-book with detailed descriptions on how how to tie 12 (and them some) different variations of the Humpy. 80 pages of knowledge, tips and inspiration on a single pattern!
The LL Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing Dave Whitlock, Macauley Lord, and Dick Talleur 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.
The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral Colin Innes If you are into classic salmon flies - like the real classics - and like to divulge in their history and origin, this is a book for you.
The Nedbank guide to flyfishing South Africa Louis Wolhuter I have had the good fortune of fishing with several South African fly anglers over the years, and apart from being great anglers and very nice people (like most anglers I meet), they all left me wi
The North Country Fly Robert L.Smith When it comes to books, there's nothing I like more than focus. A book that has a well defined subject and covers in depth rather than broad has my vote already before I have opened it.
The Orvis Fly Tying Guide Tom Rosenbauer "Now there are hundreds of fly-tying books in print. Why do we need another one? This is the book I would have wanted when I started."
- Tom Rosenbauer
The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide Tom Rosenbauer
The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing Tom Rosenbauer One of the very first fly fishing books I ever purchased was Tom Rosenbauer's "Prospecting For Trout", which I found at the hardware store in Inlet, NY, deep in the Adirondacks.
The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies Tom Rosenbauer
The Practical Fly Tier Royce Dam I know this book is about 10 years old, and to some it might seem strange that we review such an "old" book.
The Rise Paul Schullery In my ways, fly fishers and fly fishing are a lot like cooks and cooking.
The South African Fly Fishing Handbook Dean Riphagen When Dean Riphagan's book, "The South African Fly Fishing Handbook" arrived at my doorstep, I could only imagine what was inside the package.
The Trout and the Fly Brian Clarke and John Goddard At first glance this 2005 edition of a 25 years old book does not seem very impressive.
The Trout Diaries Derek Grzelewski Derek Grzelewski's book The Trout Diaries takes the reader on a relaxed, yet exciting trip through the seasons of a year in a fly-fisherman's life.
The Trout Whisperers Pete Bodo This is the first fly fishing novel I have ever read. In fact, it might be the first one I've ever heard of, so I don't have anything to compare it to.
The Tube Fly Ken Sawada Being an avid tube fly fan and having tied tube flies for almost as long as I have tied flies, I have wanted this book ever since it was published in 2006 where I saw it in a local flyshop.
The Year of the Angler and the Year of the Trout Steve Raymond When I got this book to review, I was just about to leave for a week's vacation in Maine.
Three in Norway, by two of them J.A. Lees & W.J. Clutterbuck What an enchanting and entertaining book! I cannot recommend it enough.
Thunder Creek Flies Kieth Fulsher with David Klausemeyer I have loved Kieth Fulsher's Thunder Creek streamers ever since I saw a Danish tyer tie one decades ago, so a whole book with Thunder Creeks by Fulsher himself. What can go wrong?
Tied in the Hand Sven-Olov Hård Well done, Mr. Hård!
You have made an overwhelming book!
For many reasons.
Top Saltwater Flies Drew Chicone An impressing three volume collection of patterns for the most sought after fish in warm saltwater
Troubleshooting the Cast Ed Jaworowski Is this the sequel to The Cast? No, it is something even better. Here is
the "behind the making of" companion edition to The Cast. In this very
Trout James Prosek A short detour on Prosek before I return to the books at hand.
Trout are stupid Walt Fulps A small book that debunks a lot of myths surrounding trout fishing – including the one that trout are cunning and intelligent hunters, able to trick anglers. They are not! Trout are stupid!
Trout at Ten Thousand Feet John Bailey
Trout Flies for the 21st Century Dick Talleur I think the subtitle says it all : "Over 200 Essential Patterns that Catch Fish Anywhere, Anytime". Allrighty then!
Trout from Small Streams Dave Hughes It seems that big fish, big rivers, and monster hatches catch all the headlines these days - especially what is found on the huge tailwaters below the many dams that have been built over the years.
Trout Hunting Bob Wyatt
Trout of the World James Prosek
Tube Flies Mark Mandell and Les Johnson This is the all-time classical volume on tube flies, and as the title implies it deals with all aspects of tube flies.
Tube Flies - A Tying, Fishing & Historical Guide Mark Mandell & Les Johnson The authors have added immeasurably to the fly tier's repertoire with this wonderful volume dedicated to the tube fly.
Tube Flies Two: Evolution Mark Mandell and Bob Kenly I have been waiting for this book for a long time. Tube fly books are few and far apart and the moment I learned that this one was coming, I knew it was a must for me.
Two Centuries of Soft-Hackled Flies Sylvester Nemes This is the book that soft hackled aficionados have been waiting years to see.
Tying and Fishing Soft-Hackled Nymphs Allen McGee To borrow a phrase from the great G.E.M. Skues, wet fly fishing continues to be a minor tactic among fly anglers.
Tying and Fishing the Booby Fly Michael Jensen I have to admit up front that I'm pretty old fashioned when it comes to books, and even though I have read my share of ebooks, I definitely prefer my fishing books printed with ink on paper.
Tying and Fishing the Riffling Hitch Art Lee I have tried the hitch with little success as of yet, but after reading this book over and over, I am still a believer
Tying Classic Freshwater Streamers - An Illustrated Step-By-Step Guide David Klausmeyer I'll be the first to admit it - I'm a streamer junkie. Whether it's fishing them, tying them, or reading about them, I just can't get enough.
Tying Contemporary Saltwater Flies David Klausmeyer There is no question that saltwater fly fishing is a booming industry - at least compared to the much older pastime of trout fishing.
Tying Emergers Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Leeson Wow. Three hundred and forty four pages of emergers. Leeson and Schollmeyer have done it again.
Tying Flies the Paraloop Way Ian Moutter Dig out your gallows tools, you're gonna need it after you read this book. My first thought was probably the same as yours - what is "paraloop"?
Tying Flies with CDC - The Fisherman's Miracle Feather Leon Links A history of CDC in fly tying, as well as a wealth of patterns and techniques.
Tying Furled Flies Ken Hanley Nice flies, nice pictures, nice book!
What can I say other than I think this is a very nice book?
Well, I might consider explaining why I think this is a nice book...
Tying Glass Bead Flies Joe J. Warren If you are like me, when glass beads came upon the fly tying scene a few years ago, you passed them by.
Tying Heritage Featherwing Streamers Sharon E. Wright Sharon Wright is becoming a familiar name to those who follow developments in streamer fly tying.
Tying Small Flies Ed Engle Ok - this sounds cliché - but it is the absolute truth: but it is the absolute truth: If you flyfish for trout - this book is a must read.
Ultimate Fishing Adventures Henry Gibley Ultimate is a strong word, and when it comes to fishing adventures having on hundred that all are ultimate might seem overstating it a bit, even though these one hundred places certainly rank up th
Unsinkable Dry Flies David H. Cowardin See the article Unsinkable flies
Virginia Blue-Ribbon Streams - A Fly-Fishing Guide Harry W. Murray Overall, I don't like where-to-fish guidebooks. Most of them are poorly researched, poorly written, and generally useless. This volume, however, proves the exception to the rule.
Wet Flies Ken Sawada Japanese author, angler and fly-tyer Ken Sawada is an odd character... not meant in any insulting way at all, but more like an expression of my admiration.
What fish see Colin Kageyama This is a book, which I have looked forward to read with great anticipation.
Why I Fly Fish Chris Santella The last time I reviewed a book (or several, actually) by Chris Santella, I wasn't impressed.
Wild Steelhead Sean M. Gallagher I brought home 4 lbs of beautiful wild steelhead the last time I was in the US. Not a fish of course, but a couple of impressing books.
Woolly Wisdom Gary Soucie A book which is any fly tier's wet dream - or nightmare - depending on your angle of observation and approach to flies and fly tying.