A Fly Rod of your Own

A Fly Rod of your Own

Book - 2017
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Called "the voice of the common angler" by The Wall Street Journal, and a member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, the author travels to remote fishing locations, from Alaska to the Canadian Maritimes, where he, with his sharp sense of humor and keen eye for observation of the fishing life, scrutinizes the art of fly-fishing.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2017]
ISBN: 9781451618341
Characteristics: 207 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Wolff, Glenn - Illustrator


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Jul 05, 2017

Fly-fishing for trout, unlike most fishing sports, is a truly solo fishing excursion. Maybe one, or two, people drove to the river with you, talking & bragging when rigging up and walking to the banks to view the best areas to wade. But once in the river, you are all alone. You don't see the others casting, don't hear the others yelling "fish on", you only see your cast and the sound of your fly line whishing though the wind and landing on the flowing water. Did you learn how to fly-fish for trout in an hour or a day? No you didn’t. It takes many hours to practice casting on your lawn and in a river itself. Many more hours how to “read” the river and to see fish hiding in weeds, below tree limbs, next to rocks and the type of bugs trout likes to eat. The two most important items to bring with you are not in your tackle box. It’s your fly rod and memory. Your fly rod fit’s your hand like a glove, smooth and ingrained with your fingermarks. Your memory telling you to remember that “downed oak tree next to the cliff”, remember that “riffle right below the weeds”, remember that even though you never fished this river before how to look at the river with practiced eyes to find those hidden trout haunts. This book, like all of John Gierach books, explains why trout fishers call ourselves better (in our own opinions) than any other fish catchers.


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