What Should Fly Fishing Books Include?
If you’re a fly fisherman, any romance novel, spy novel or any biography will have to work overtime to compare to the sheer thrill of the chase that fly fishing brings. To provide you with some clarity, we’ve put together some hints on what your new book should include.
It’s important that the author of your book has described their fly fishing tips in a conversational style, especially if you’re a beginner.
Beginner fly fishers will need to spend some time on the water to contextualize what they’re reading. If this applies to you, once you have a brief understanding of the different materials and environments and species, you’re ready to buy your book. Check the reviews and make sure that the content is beginner-friendly.
Research the books available and make sure that they have a recent published date or if it’s an old favorite like The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide, make sure that you buy the up-to-date revised edition.
The different strategies, tips, approaches, and overall guidance should be appropriate for your own skill level. The authors of the fly fishing books that we’ve chosen all provide clear and concise instructions that are easy-to-follow depending on your fly angling experience.
Your book should give you step-by-step instructions on how to tie fishing knows and the best saltwater fly fishing hooks and freshwater fishing hooks for your trip.
Having beautiful images in your fly fishing book is a perk! The imagery in the Fly Tying For Beginners: How to Tie 50 Failsafe Flies which were taken by the author, Peter Gathercole provides the book with a whole new dimension.
If you’re a new fly angler, clear and attractive images will help you understand the abundance of new tips and tricks that your new fly fishing book will undoubtedly teach you.
Best Fly Fishing Books for Beginners
Fly Fishing has become a popular recreation as an alternative to traditional forms of fishing. Unfortunately, the sport requires different casting techniques and a unique understanding of lures that could make a beginner feel out of their depth.
If you’re a novice, don’t worry! There are plenty of fly fishing books that are perfect for educations beginners on the basics and they can also provide experienced anglers who’re returning to the spot with a refresher on their knowledge.
Fly fishing is engaging, active and requires specialized knowledge of your equipment, chosen fish and their habitats.
Earlier, we reviewed Tactical Fly Fishing: Lessons Learned from Competition for All Anglers which we identified the book as being an excellent choice for beginners. The book contains and an up-to-date perspective on fly fishing and the author, Devin Olsen details the techniques he has used to become a repeat medalist in fly fishing competitions around the world. His techniques are great because they’re transferable to everyday fishing scenarios.
Fly Fishing Entomology Books
One of the best ways to increase your chances of catching fish is to understand the entomology of the water that you’re fishing on.
Don’t feel overwhelmed and mistakenly think that you must learn every bug and their Latin names on the water. The key is to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to identify the family of bug and the stage that the bug is in.
There are eight simple categories that you can memorize that will help you to identify insects on the river;
- Midge Patterns
- Mayfly Patterns
- Caddis Patterns
- Stonefly Patterns
- Terrestrial Patterns
- Scuds & Sowbags
- Annelids (Worms)
- Water Boatman
We identified The Bug Book: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Trout Stream Insects as a fantastic resource for understanding aquatic insects. Plus, the author, Paul Weamer, has included some beautiful bug photographs and focuses on the digestible information that you need to become a great fly fisher!