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1. What Fish Don't Want You to Know:
2. Guide to Fly Fishing Knots: A
3. Fishing for Dummies
4. The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing
5. The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of
6. The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Completely
7. The Girls' Guide to Hunting and
8. Fly Fishing Advice from an Old
9. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
10. Fishing with a worm
11. The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing
12. Saltwater Fishing Made Easy
13. Complete Book of Fishing Knots,
14. The Gigantic Book of Fishing Stories
15. The Complete Idiot's Guide to
16. Freshwater Fishing Tips and Techniques
17. Hemingway on Fishing
18. Fishing Basics
19. Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing
20. The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever

1. What Fish Don't Want You to Know: An Insider's Guide to Freshwater Fishing
by Frank Baron
Paperback: 176 Pages (2003-08-27)
list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$9.15
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Asin: 0071417141
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Expert, field-tested advice for anglers at every level

This comprehensive, entertaining, and foolproof guide covers everything novice and avid anglers need to know to catch freshwater fish--from bass and trout to salmon and walleye--and reveals the two basic ways to catch ALL fish.

With numerous photographs and illustrations, easy-to-follow instructions, and a liberal dose of good humor, the author shares his 40 years of angling expertise, including how to:

  • Read the waters and the weather
  • Select the right baits and lures for particular fish and situations
  • Know which gear is essential and which is merely desirable
  • Get maximum results on a minimum budget
  • Practice proper etiquette and ethics
  • Turn a tough day into a great one with dozens of tricks and tips

Laced with amusing anecdotes and commonsense, this book will unlock the secrets of fishing and teach anglers how to catch more fish. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (34)

3-0 out of 5 stars pretty good book more stories than insights
I liked the book.I thought that there were better stories than insights though.Overall I would buy the book again but was looking for a little more...

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book on fishing (and life) basics
Despite having a cabin near a nice lake, I hadn't been fishing for many... many... years.When I decided to have a go at it again I set about to find a good book that would give me the basics.What I found was Frank Baron's book which provided not only a good bit of information - but a welcome dose of the philosophy of fishing and... well... of life.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is even remotely interested in the topic.Since reading Frank's book I have set out to find others of equal quality, but I haven't found any yet.

"Did you learn anything useful?" you ask.

My first day out I hit the lake early.Following some of the guidance from the book, I moved to the downwind side where I found an area near some structure.I laid my line (rigged per one of Frank's suggestions)where the shade from the trees met the sun on the water (also per Frank's advice).

An hour later I had a nice rainbow in hand.

Since my only goal for the day was to catch dinner, I called it quits after that first fish. (See the chapter in the book on 'fishing ethics'.)

Thank's for a great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Just when you thought you knew all the answers, you learn more
I really like this book.It was a good refresher and a good reference manual if you want to get back into fishing and have been away for a while. There are some new techniques in here that look promising that I plan to try soon.

3-0 out of 5 stars Simple tips
There really isn't much in this book that your grandpa didn't already teach you.

Would I recommend this book to a friend?No.If you know absolutely NOTHING about fishing, then buy this book.But if you know the basics already, skip it.

5-0 out of 5 stars entertaining and informative!
Good book full of good information for me as a relative beginner. I love the humorous way the author writes and love his stories.
This is the most reader friendly fishing book I have seen so far. ... Read more

2. Guide to Fly Fishing Knots: A Basic Streamside Guide for Fly Fishing Knots, Tippets, and Leader Formulas
by Larry V. Notley
Paperback: 32 Pages (1999-06)
list price: US$4.95 -- used & new: US$1.71
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Asin: 1571881832
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Good basic guide for knots
This guide is great to provide knowledge of each knot and when to use it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Guide to fl fishing knots
This is a small quickly done booklet that lacks step by step instruction and contains confusing drawings. Take a look at some other knot books before you purchase.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book on knots
This a handy little book, the only dislike is that the pages are not waterproof.

4-0 out of 5 stars Guide to Fly Fishing Knots.
This pocket booklet has all the necessary fishing knots and angler will need in the field.It also has good diagrams on how to tie each knot.I will put this booklet in my fishing box or vest and carry it in the field all the time. It is not too big and not too small, but just the right size to put into a zip-lock bag.

5-0 out of 5 stars My husband loved it!
This was a Christmas stocking stuffer for my husband. He is an avid fly fisherman and loved the book. ... Read more

3. Fishing for Dummies
by Peter Kaminsky
Paperback: 384 Pages (1997-04-10)
list price: US$21.99 -- used & new: US$10.49
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Asin: 0764550284
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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No one can promise that you will catch fish all the time. Fish, after all, would just as soon never taste a hook or feel the sizzle of a frying pan. For as long as we have been catching fish, fish have also been outsmarting us. "That's why they call it fishing and not catching," goes the old saying. This book will help you fish, and it will help you catch, too. No matter how much you know, there are still a couple of tricks that even the oldest angler can pick up.

For those of you who have never fished, you will find enough in this book to get you started. You don't have to learn everything all at once. If you are already an angler, there are plenty of tips and techniques that you can turn to right away without going through the basics all over again. And you master anglers will also find this book a handy reference for all kinds of fishing questions.

Once you have a few basic pointers, fishing is as easy as falling off a log (which is something you want to avoid, as the splash will scare the fish). Fishing For Dummies will show you how to orchestrate all of your equipment into a fine-tuned fish-catching machine. You'll soon know all about

  • Your fishing equipment, from the rod in your hand to the hook on the very end of the line
  • The fish that people fish for, what they look like, and where they're found
  • The basics of bait-casting, spinning, and fly-casting
  • Fighting, landing, and releasing fish
  • Storing, cleaning, and cooking fish

    Fishing is a great joy and a lifetime sport. You will find that there are successful fishing days and unsuccessful fishing days, but there is no such thing as a bad fishing day. This book can make fishing easier and more rewarding for you every time you pick up your rod and reel.Amazon.com Review
    You know the saying: Give a man (or woman) a fish, and yougive him dinner; teach a man (or woman) to fish and he'll have dinnerfor the rest of his life. The always entertaining and instructional"... for Dummies" series reeled in witty outdoors writerPeter Kaminsky to keep the rest of us fed--as in food for the tableand food for thought--with this step-by-step guide to pretty muchevery right and obtuse angle on angling. As with all the books in theseries, Fishing is filled with punchy advice, plenty ofdiagrams, and a series of Top 10 lists that should bag aspiringfishers hook, line, and sinker. ... Read more

    Customer Reviews (31)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Basics only
    My earliest memory of fishing is finding myself as about a 5 year old,hands in pockets looking across the cold ocean on the seaford pier.There was a bitterly cold breeze blowing in my face and i said to my dad,Dad i'm cold.He snarled back "Be a man".
    With that i knew i had to be here until he decided to go home.Sometimes it was the early hours of the morning.That was the sort of logic i've been born into.
    However i do enjoy fishing whenever i get the time to do it.
    Sometimes i'll even cheat and go to a trout farm.
    To rely on luck in catching fish is not the smartest way to go about it.It pays to have a few pointers.
    This is a book for the beginner.It goes into all the basics.Instructions in this book are quite easy to follow.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Smarter than before
    The book really helped me, especially since I am just getting into the sport.It gave good insight in so many areas.I gave it four stars instead of five because I was left wanting more than the book provided.But from a beginner's standpoint, it was well worth the money spent.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fishing for Dummies Mini
    Although the product was not what I was looking for it was my own fault. I didn't look at the description. It came in the great condition and very quick. The seller worked with me and was very helpful.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not What I Wanted
    I was just looking for ideas how to get my message out on the inter net, you know, how to pester and infuricate Liberals on account of the Lord told us to be fishers of men but I suppose that He also meant women, and to troll along this here worlds biggest river of misinformation to catch me some dummies that would get pi**ed off enough to answer my comments so's I'd have a sense of being noticed and important like I see some strong Christins and conservatives doing, but this book is only about catching catfish and croakers when everbody knows they ain't no more natural fish in our rivers cuz all the welfare chiselers and illegals went and caught everthing with fins using velveeta for bait! Dang, I sure wish some bozo would teach me how to troll!

    (By the way, I'll be glad to pay top dollar for any real fish any first-time fisherman catches after reading this book.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars great gift for the fisherman who has everything
    I bought this for my hubby for our one year anniversary (cuz your first anniversary is paper fyi) and he loves fishing, so he loved it. ... Read more

  • 4. The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing
    by Charlie Meyers, Kirk Deeter
    Hardcover: 224 Pages (2010-05-01)
    list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$9.84
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    Asin: 1602399816
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A pocket guide that offers insightful, plainspoken, expert advice for every fly fisher.Two highly respected outdoor journalists, Kirk Deeter of Field & Stream and Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post, have cracked open their notebooks and shared straight-shot advice on the sport of fly fishing, based on a range of new and old experiences—from interviews with the late Lee Wulff to travels with maverick guides in Tierra del Fuego.

    The mission of The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing is to demystify and un-complicate the tricks and tips that make a great trout fisher. There are no complicated physics lessons here. Rather, conceived in the “take dead aim” spirit of Harvey Penick’s classic instructional on golf, The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing offers a simple, digestible primer on the basic elements of fly fishing: the cast, presentation, reading water, and selecting flies. In the end, this collection of 240 tips is one of the most insightful, plainly spoken, and entertaining works on this sport—one that will serve both novices and experts alike in helping them reflect and hone in their approaches to fly fishing. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars The Little Red Bood of Fly Fishing
    A small but mighty book on the fundamentals of fly fishing. It's a must-have primer for those just getting started in the sport and a comprehensive review for experienced anglers. Its compact size lends to taking it on fishing excursions and makes for good and easy reading beside the campfire. Highly reccommended.

    4-0 out of 5 stars the red book
    Cool little book,so many tips,that will make you a better flyfisher.Just don't try to read it all at once!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't say enough good stuff
    Can't say enough good stuff about this book. Easy to digest snippets that are chock full of great advice for the beginner/novice fisherman.Well written and well laid out.A fun, informative, quick read.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Little Red Book of FlyFishing
    I have been fly fishing all my life and this is one of the best recources for both the new and seasoned angler. The subject titles and fully explored and explained in a way that anyone can understand the physics and fun of the sport. I planed to pass this book on to my daughter but I just keep rereading it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Tips to Keep by the Tying Bench
    I had seen this book review popup on one of my favorite fly fishing sites and they gave just a few of the tips, which got my attention.I had hoped that half the tips were as good as what they had listed and was pleasantly surprised.This is a book that the authors should be proud of and some good wisdom and ideas to fix common problems that we all have.I will be buying several more copies for gifts to family and friends. ... Read more

    5. The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing (L. L. Bean)
    by Macauley Lord, Dick Talleur, Dave Whitlock
    Paperback: 352 Pages (2006-01-01)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$14.02
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    Asin: 159228891X
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The Lyons Press is proud to present The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing, an exciting full-color book for beginning and expert fly anglers alike. Brought to you in conjunction with L.L. Bean, America's most trusted name in outdoor apparel, and written by unquestioned experts in the field, this book is divided into four essential parts--General Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing for Bass, Fly Casting, and Fly Tying--and covers each with in-depth analysis in clear, easy-to-follow language. Learn about assembly of fly tackle; the biology of fish; natural fish foods and how to imitate them; safety techniques; bass flies; where to find bass; the eleven habits of highly effective fly casters; the basic four-part cast; the roll cast; the basics of fly tying; types of flies; the top ten most popular and successful fly patterns; and much more. The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing is the perfect gift for seasoned anglers looking to improve their skills, novices picking up a fly rod for the first time, and for all those who have ever dreamed of trading in their suits for a pair of waders.
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    Customer Reviews (14)

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent book!
    I am new to fly fishing and found this to be a very thorough guide with tons of useful information. Also, I bought the book in 'used' condition and it was like new so the book was an excellent value. Very very fast shipping from this 3rd party seller.

    3-0 out of 5 stars L.L. Bean Ultimate book of Fly Fishing
    This book is very well done and has a wealth of good information. Unfortunately it is presented as the Ultimate "Fly Fishing " book but a great deal of the book is devoted to Fly Tying not Fly Fishing . Had I know that this much of the book was on Fly tying I would not have bought the book..
    John A. Kinsfather

    4-0 out of 5 stars Better Than The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide
    This book was much more informative to a new trout fisherman than the Amazon recommended The Orvis Fly-Sishing Guide, Completely Revised and Updated with Over 400 New Color Photos and Illustrations.I bought both books, along with The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing: 101 Tips for the Absolute Beginner, as a package from Amazon.This book was quite a bit more informative than the Orvis book.While expected promotion of the Orvis brand, the Orvis book is practically a sales catalog for the Orvis brand, whereas the LL Bean book focused more on casting techniques and other much needed information, that was less in depth with the Orvis book.Also, the Orvis book dedicates way too many pages to fly tying, well over 1/3rd of the book, an art that is surely lost on the beginner fly fisherman.I firmly believe that most new fly fisherman will buy flys for quite a while before beginning to tie their own.There is so much to learn and practice in fly fishing to take on the art of fly tying in my opinion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent all around beginner's book
    I just started fly fishing and this book has proved to be an excellent buy.recommend that anyone interested in the sport first invest in themselves by taking a lesson from a professional fly fishing instructor (i found mine on craigslist in Houston - Robert Logan - highly recommend him).after you take a basic lesson, this book makes a lot of sense and provides you with indepth science of fly fishing as well as insane amount of pictures, drawings, and step by step instructions on how to do it all - from soup to nuts. does do a very light sell on LL Bean products/services, but nothing overbearing or too in your face.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Everything I need
    I am a complete neophyte to fly fishing.

    This book covers every detail which I can think of. It might as well be an encyclopedia for fly fishing. ... Read more

    6. The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Completely Revised and Updated with Over 400 New Color Photos and Illustrations
    by Tom Rosenbauer
    Paperback: 288 Pages (2007-01-01)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$14.02
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    Asin: 1592288189
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Now for the first time in full color, The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide appears in a completely revised and updated edition that solidifies its place as the flagship title of the Orvis books. A best-selling, fully illustrated, and comprehensive book, this large-format volume has been required reading for every angler for the past two decades.
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    Customer Reviews (18)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Other reviewer confused
    I think the reviewer who complained there was too much fly-tying in this book must have it confused with another book.There is absolutely no fly-tying in it--this book is strictly a guide to the basics of fly FISHING.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Want to learn how to fly fish?
    This is the perfect book for a beginning fisherman and a great reference book for everyone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great book
    I have been flyfishing since I was 13, and I still found lots of good information in this book. Great book to keep as a reference.

    4-0 out of 5 stars LL Bean Guide Is Better For Beginner
    I found the LL Bean Guide to be much more informative to a new trout fisherman than The Orvis Fly-Sishing Guide, Completely Revised and Updated with Over 400 New Color Photos and Illustrations.I bought both books, along with The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing: 101 Tips for the Absolute Beginner, as a package from Amazon.This book was quite a bit more informative than the Orvis book.While expected promotion of the Orvis brand, the Orvis book is practically a sales catalog for the Orvis brand, whereas the LL Bean book focused more on casting techniques and other much needed information, that was less in depth with the Orvis book.Also, the Orvis book dedicates way too many pages to fly tying, well over 1/3rd of the book, an art that is surely lost on the beginner fly fisherman.I firmly believe that most new fly fisherman will buy flys for quite a while before beginning to tie their own.There is so much to learn and practice in fly fishing to take on the art of fly tying in my opinion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Was new to fly fishing and needed a book
    If you are new to fly fishing and looking for a book, this is it.This book covers all the basics that a person new to the sport will need.But where other intro books are too high level, this book also goes into enough detail to actually provide some insight and understanding of the sport.I have been fly fishing for three years now and have re-read this book before each season. It makes more and more sense each time I read it as I can relate my experiences each year back to what is in the book. ... Read more

    7. The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
    by Melissa Bank
    Paperback: 288 Pages (2000-05-01)
    list price: US$15.00 -- used & new: US$2.99
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    Asin: B003YCQC3K
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    After following the advice from a manual called "How to Meet and Marry Mr Right", Jane learns that in love there is neither pattern nor promise. This is a funny collection of connected stories and a portrait of Jane, a woman manoeuvring her way through love, sex and relationships.Amazon.com Review
    Jane Rosenal, the narrator of The Girls' Guide to Hunting andFishing, is wise beyond her years. Not that that's saying much--sincenone of her elders, with the exception of her father, is particularly wise.At the age of 14, Jane watches her brother and his new girlfriend,searching for clues for how to fall in love, but by the end of the summershe's trying to figure out how not to fail in love. At twice thatage, Jane quickly internalizes How to Meet and Marry Mr. Right,even though that retro manual is ruining her chances at happiness. In theintervening years, Melissa Bank's heroine struggles at love and work. Theformer often seems indistinguishable from the latter, and her experiencesin book publishing inspire little in the way of affection. As Janeannounces in "The Worst Thing a Suburban Girl Could Imagine": "I'd been arising star at H----- until Mimi Howlett, the new executive editor,decided I was just the lights of an airplane."

    Bank's first collection has a beautiful, true arc, and all thesophistication and control her heroine could ever desire. In "The FloatingHouse," Jane and her boyfriend, Jamie, visit his ex-girlfriend in St.Croix, and right from the start she can't stop mimicking her beautifulcompetitor, in a notably idiotic fashion. "I'm like one of those animalsthat imitates its predators to survive," she realizes--one ofseveral thousand of Bank's ruefully funny phrases. But even as Jane clownsaround, desperately trying to keep up appearances, she is so hyperaware ithurts. Again and again, the author explores the dichotomy between life asit happens and the rehearsed anecdote, the preferred outcome. In TheGirls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing, even suburban quiet has "nothing todo with peace." Bank's much-anticipated debut merits all its buzz and,more to the point, transcends it. --Kerry Fried ... Read more

    Customer Reviews (596)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Keeps Me Coming Back
    I first read this about four years ago, and when I re-read it this weekend, it amazed me how much I remembered, how many sentences seemed to describe my life, how the spaces between them invited me to linger. Her spare style communicates succinctly, allowing the reader room to imagine, without ever being vague. I love the vignettes, especially in the beginning, which establish relationships and characters with just one or two lines of dialogue. The stories are not all about one person, but Jane is certainly the primary character, and much is told through her first-person view. The stories are quick and filling, funny and smart, humble and true. One of the best books I've ever read, and one to which I'll continue to return.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Girls grow up
    "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing" is funny, insightful, empowering. It taught me that a coming of age story doesn't have to be a contiguous chronology. It can skip periods, or years even, which may tighten the story and make it better. The last chapter, in which the protagonist argues (in her head) with two authors of a twin book to "The Rules" is my favorite.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting at times, but mostly bland
    This book apparently had a lot of hype surrounding it several years ago, and reading it now I have no idea why it was so successful. I found this novel to be very dry and the characters to be very flat. There is a difference between simple, powerful prose and sentences that simply lack detail and any emotion whatsoever. I understand completely how an author may think that a simpler, more juvenile writing style adds a flair and a certain art to a piece of writing, but for this novel I think it diminished the quality.

    At the end of the novel, I know very little about Jane, almost as little as I knew of her from the very first chapter (which was really the only part of this entire book I enjoyed). Jane's relationship with Archie was interesting, as well as her relationship with Jamie; however, I don't think these relationships were explored to the extent they could have been and I did not connect with any of the characters because of the complete lack of emotion throughout the entire novel. Also, the continuity problems were very distracting, right along with the random chapters thrown in about characters that Jane never even met. I really don't understand the point of that. If you have a short story and you can't get it published on its own that does not mean you should randomly place it into your novel.

    The author certainly has talent, and there are a few one-liners in this book that are well written, interesting, or funny. But to read an entire book in this style, completely devoid of details, grows old very quickly.

    4-0 out of 5 stars breezy fun
    This book was the perfect antidote after having been weighed down by some serious non-fiction.Jane Rosenal is a single thirty-something whose best asset is her wit, and the book is full of LOL quips.Although it seems to invite comparisons to Bridget Jones's Diary, this is not a diary, and it has a few sad events as well.In fact, there's a middle chapter that's narrated by a neighbor of Jane's aunt that seems to be not even tangentially tied to the rest of the book, and I didn't quite get that.Back to Jane.We witness her relationships with her family, her boss, and her various lovers, especially Archie, who's at least 20 years older, and who serves as sort of a mentor, teaching her to trust her instincts where work is concerned.Now if only she had trusted her instincts with regard to him!I thoroughly enjoyed the author's breezy style, which, in times of sadness, seemed a little inappropriate, but frankly, I'd prefer that to tear-inducing heavy-handedness.One unfortunate consequence, though, is that the story is not particularly memorable, except for the ending.Here Jane becomes more Bridget Jones-y, as she starts listening to the voices from a book that advises playing hard to get and resisting the urge to be funny.Unfortunately, Jane decides to apply this advice when she finally meets a guy who appreciates her for who she is, with near-disastrous results.

    1-0 out of 5 stars One of the worst books I have ever read!
    This book is all over the place. There are some random chapters in it that have nothing to do with the main character. towards the end of the book its like she goes crazy. I am sad I wasted my money on this book. ... Read more

    8. Fly Fishing Advice from an Old Timer: A Practical Guide to the Sport and Its Language
    by Ed Quigley
    Paperback: 352 Pages (2009-10-01)
    list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$16.96
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    Asin: 1440165513
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Gain decades of fly fishing know-how from this handy volume!

    Whether you're new to fly fishing or just want to add some new "secrets" to your own bag of tricks, Ed Quigley's Fly Fishing Advice from an Old Timer has the information that you've been searching for in one handy volume. This guide is packed with easy-to-follow explanations of the basics plus ingenious tips and entertaining anecdotes culled from Quigley's years of experience fly fishing streams from Labrador to Costa Rica. When should you use emergers, caddis flies, midges, cripples ... and how can you create them literally "on the fly" right there in the stream? How do you choose the best rod, reel, lines, waders and leaders? What's the real secret to playing a fish? What's up with winter fishing? Quigley gives you all the answers along with advice on where to find more information on each topic: web sites, articles, DVDs and books. He also includes a "must read" list of fly fishing books with comments on what he found most useful in each. Fly Fishing Advice from an Old Timer has it all! ... Read more

    Customer Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical and entertaining don't normally mix this well!
    I don't usually write reviews. This guide deserves all 5 stars! Keeping the reader engaged while filling this book with his practical wisdom is something Ed Quigley accomplished and shared.That is a rarity.

    Mr. Quigley has topped his last book (I also reviewed that). He is so obviously filled with passion on this subject it makes it a joy to read and refer back to. This "Old Timer" has many great years and stories yet to share.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Vital to the seasoned and the new angler alike.
    Ed Quigley has written an accurate practical guide to the sport of fly fishing. As an owner of a fly shop I have many customers looking to take up fly fishing and to learn its intricacies, this is the perfect book for that person. It is ideal for the new angler, and is a great read for the intermediate and advanced angler as well. This would be a great gift for your favorite angler or for yourself. From knots, to insects, to help with gear selection, this book is an asset to the fly fishers library.

    5-0 out of 5 stars sage advice from an old timer!
    An excellent book filled with great advice, and also many funny and interesting stories from the author's experiences on the water.These make it an easy and enjoyable read.A nice gift idea for both novice and experienced fly fishermen.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So practical ... so fun to read
    I bought this book as a gift for my son who is new to fly fishing. He loved the practical tips AND the fun-to-read examples. His father-in-law -- a lifelong fisherman -- kept borrowing the book so much that I got him a copy, too. This is a really nice,conversational book. It is packed with illustrations and photos on just about everything you'd want to know about fly fishing. Reading it, you come away with really ingenious ways to stay comfortable in cold/hot/windy weather ... get the right equipment and flies ... make a cast, land a fish, and more. It's the kind of book you browse cover to cover then keep handy forever!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Practical Review from an Old Friend
    Ed's book stands out and actually, this fish "jumps" out (literally).You can count on Ed to pen a good story.Also with this book, he's got enough fishing definitions to keep your attention for quite a while. ... Read more

    9. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
    by Paul Torday
    Paperback: 352 Pages (2008-04-21)
    list price: US$14.00 -- used & new: US$1.99
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    Asin: 0156034565
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    What does it take to make us believe in the impossible?

    For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is a quiet mixture of civil service at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence and marriage to Mary—an ambitious, no-nonsense financier. But a strange turn of fate from an unexpected direction forces Jones to upend his existence and spend all of his time in pursuit of another man’s ludicrous dream. Can there be salmon in the Yemen? Science says no. But if resources are limitless and the visionary is inspired, maybe salmon fishing in the Yemen isn’t impossible. Then again, maybe nothing is.

    Amazon.com Review
    British businessman and dedicated angler Paul Torday has found a way to combine a novel about fishing and all that it means with a satire involving politics, bureaucrats, the Middle East, the war in Iraq, and a sheikh who is really a mystic.Torday makes it all work in a most convincing way using memos, interviews, e-mails, and letters in clever juxtaposition.

    Dr. Alfred Jones is a fisheries scientist in Great Britain who is called upon to find a way to introduce salmon into the desert in Yemen.The Yemeni sheikh will spare no expense to see this happen.He says:

    It would be a miracle of God if it happened.I know it... If God wills it, the summer rains will fill the wadis... and the salmon will run the river.And then my countrymen... all classes and manner of men--will stand side by side and fish for the salmon.And their natures, too, will be changed.They will feel the enchantment of this silver fish... and then when talk turns to what this tribe said or that tribe did... then someone will say, "Let us arise, and go fishing."

    Such is the sheikh's vision.He tells Alfred:"Without faith, there is no hope.Without faith, there is no love." Alfred has no religious faith and has been mired in a loveless marriage for twenty years, so these words seem fantastic to him.

    Alfred and Sheikh Muhammad connect immediately through their mutual love of fishing, despite Alfred's misgivings about the viability of the project.The Prime Minister's flack man tells Alfred that he must persevere and succeed because Great Britain needs some positive connection to the Middle East, something other than a failing, flailing war.These kinds of political alliances are always shaky at best, and when things start to go sideways, allies have a way of disappearing.Alfred soldiers on, with the help of the lovely Harriet, Sheikh Muhammad's land agent, and the project is readied for opening day, when the Sheikh and the Prime Minister will have a 20-minute photo op.

    All of the faith and good will in the world cannot overcome the forces ranged against them, bringing tragedy to everyone involved.Despite all, Alfred's interior life is changed immeasurably.He says in the end: "I believe in it, because it is impossible." --Valerie Ryan ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Political Satire in a Salmon-Fishing Guide
    This cleverly-written book tells you everything you need to know about raising salmon and fishing for them--very interesting, whether you fish or not. The real story is a biting critique of political opportunism and refusal to accept responsibility for choosing the wrong course. In addition Paul Torday is a fine creator of sympathetic characters.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not only for anglers: a thoughtful fable
    A British, totally secular fisheries expert spearheads a sheik's scheme to bring the comforts, and faith, inherent in angling to the desert. This idealism infuses a thoughtful narrative about diplomacy, hope, and fate. Mixing genres, styles, and voices, bureaucrats, lovers, soldiers, politicians, terrorists and pundits jostle in short chapters which construct a light but instructive fable.

    Torday manages to capture the tone of how a yuppie banker vs. a Scottish local newspaper, an Al-Qaeda operative vs. an extract from "Hansard," a scientist's diary vs. a Prime Minister's PR man, would add to the complicated reactions to the sheik's proposal to flood a Yemeni wadi with tanks, sluices, and cooling to support fish imported from Britain. The audacious plan's unfolding leads to the main character, Dr. Alfred Jones, confronting the stagnation of his marriage, the routine of his job, and the contrast between a land where a "Sunday ritual" means shopping at Tesco's vs. an Arab culture where faith in its simplicity, apart from fanaticism, enriches life and brings solace to a country where the divine religion still allows dignity despite the absence of the fatal faith of the West, the religion of money.

    I came to this out of its title, and my interest in Yemen. I recommend Tim Mackintosh-Smith's "Yemen," (reviewed by me) better called by its British title, "Dictionary Land," as a companion to this novel. I know nothing about fishing, but a glossary and a steady stream of subtle explanations allow any reader to follow easily the angling terms and biological data. The shifts between materials and speakers and writers keep the novel moving, if perhaps slightly off-kilter at times.

    The success of Sheikh Muhammed's project pulls in events as disparate as the war in Iraq, a TV pilot, ecological and fishery activists, Islamic fundamentalists, and the simple, nagging question of how Western and Muslim societies struggle towards common ground in an ancient, humble hobby. The landscape of Yemen does not emerge until nearly two-thirds of the way through, but the novel deepens and widens its scope as we see through English eyes the meaning of what the sheikh has tried to show his skeptical colleagues: "Faith comes before hope, and hope before love." This lesson will change more than one life, and alter more than one course, as the novel reaches its conclusion.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A lighthearted and funny fishing tale
    I was fishing for trout in Canada and someone recommended this book.If you are an avid fisherman who likes light, bittersweet, satires a la Christopher Buckley, you'll adore Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.I'll venture to say that even if you aren't an avid fisherman, you'll find it amusing.

    At first blush, this isn't a great idea for a book.Introducing salmon into Yemen isn't just a crazy idea.It's environmentally ridiculous and a tremendous waste of resources, the equivalent of growing soybeans in Saudi Arabia.It's a daunting task from a writer's standpoint to make it seem like an amazing human achievement.But somehow, the author eventually makes you suspend disbelief.

    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen actually starts off very slowly, but it's one of those rare books that keeps getting better with every page.Don't stop at page 100 or so.Keep going.By page 150, you'll be hooked.Sorry I had to get that pun in there.

    The writing isn't great, but it is adequate.What makes this novel work is the plotting and the ironic sight gags.There are a couple of comic set pieces that do nothing to advance the plot, but are as funny as anything.As is usual with British novels, the sexually charged romance parts of this book are rather lame and clunky.But it's really the fishing and politics that are important here, not the romance.There are some very inventive twists along the way, but I don't want to spoil the fun and reveal them.

    All in all, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a very enjoyable and amusing novel perfect for a coast to coast flight.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful
    A novel full of whimsy and delight, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen is a must-read for every fisheries biologist who also happens to be an Arabist.Paul Torday fills his book with intriguing information, both on the nature of salmon recruitment and ideal oxygen levels, and daily cultural life in the Yemen, like references to the untouchable Yemeni class of the Akhdam.(And it is a very rare book indeed that even acknowledges that they exist.)I read this book while I was traveling through Yemen, and was enthralled with the accurate references to life I saw around me.

    But the novel is engaging purely on the story level.Torday has an ingenious method of getting the reader's attention through a serious of progressively revealing emails, and then you are full bore into the lives of the protagonists, anxious to find out what happens next to Dr. Alfred Jones.Torday continues the correspondence method, but you don't feel like you're reading letters, press releases, and inquisitions; you forget as you listen to the play-by-play conversations and developing emotions.And though there is romance here, it doesn't develop at all as one might expect- nor, at the end, is the true romance with whom you expected.

    And for those who are interested, Torday has something to teach as well- in a purely non-overbearing manner.There is religion, and there is spirituality, and not always are the two divided.There is a knowledge of God, and the knowledge of one's Lord that comes from intimacy.And contrary to what we often here in stereotypes of the world's religions, that intimacy can show up in some of the most surprising places.

    I have no reservations in declaring this the finest Yemen fish novel I've ever read. (And that actually says something- I found it slightly better than the other great Yemeni marine biology work, Pirates, Bats, And Dragons: A Science Adventure (Science Adventures).)If you love the Middle East and you love fishes, you will love this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Accurate Insight Into How Governments Work
    As a former state fisheries scientist myself, I have to say that Paul Torday's book provides a hilariously accurate account of how governments actually work in the best traditions of the "Yes Minister" TV programme.

    Torday's story of how a project, which is considered to be scientifically impossible by reclusive expert Alfred Jones, can be catapulted into an absolute priority by political intervention, is frighteningly accurate, as is the actual fisheries science quoted by the author.

    The characters involved are also a delight - ranging from the introverted Dr Jones, to the visionary multi-billionaire shiek and the troubled project manager Harriet Chetwode-Talbot. But best of all, the Prime Minister's PR advisor and compulsive Blackberry user, Peter Maxwell is a wonderful comic creation who leaps off the page and has the reader skipping ahead to pages where he next appears.

    Highly recommended for anyone who wants a good laugh, as well as an insight into the way things ARE actually done in the corridors of power.
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    10. Fishing with a worm
    by Bliss Perry
    Paperback: 38 Pages (2010-08-01)
    list price: US$15.75 -- used & new: US$9.89
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    Asin: 1176615998
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    Originally published in 1916.This volume from the Cornell University Library's print collections was scanned on an APT BookScan and converted to JPG 2000 format by Kirtas Technologies.All titles scanned cover to cover and pages may include marks notations and other marginalia present in the original volume. ... Read more

    11. The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing
    by Scott Bannerot, Wendy Bannerot
    Paperback: 432 Pages (2003-08-22)
    list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$11.46
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    Asin: 0071427880
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    "The definitive book." -Cruising World

    "Every culture has its bible, and until now, there wasn't one for the voyager with a passion for catching fish." --Ocean Navigator

    Here is the first-ever complete guide to finding, catching, processing, and cooking fish from the decks of a slow-moving cruising sail- or powerboat. Scott and Wendy Bannerot have successfully cruise-fished tropical and temperate seas for more than two decades. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably readable and informative
    I wasn't sure this book would be all I hoped it would be, but it IS, and more.This guy is a PhD, and really knows his stuff, but he describes the technical details along with the cruising lifestyle and serious fishing, and man, what a read.If you have ever dreamed on boating around in the Caribbean and catching fish and grilling them up right on your boat, here is the how-to-do-it book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A practical real world review
    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2VCBI5U2D7R0O Last month I helped a friend deliver his sailboat from Cabo to San Diego - a 5 day cruise.A well-worn dog-eared (and signed!) copy of this book was on board. I used the book to figure out knots, rig a hand-line, select and position the lure and properly kill, bleed and fillet a bonita tuna (actually two). Also used recipe suggestions in the book to prepare sashimi, ceviche, and seared tuna. Results are in the video. If you are cruising and fishing, you need this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable Guide to Fishing by Cruisers
    The Handbook was a pleasant surprise.It is full of practical information that both beginners and experts will find useful.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Cruioser's Handbook
    Book not that helpful with everyday tips on landing a big one. Book seems to stress exotic cool fishing methods that most of us will never use nor should be using. More time and illustrations should have been devoted to tying knots.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For ocean fisherman
    This is a long, detailed book that gives you all the info you could want on living off the ocean.Be advised, there is no fresh water information in the book.That being said, if you want to improve your ability to catch fish at sea, this book has it all. ... Read more

    12. Saltwater Fishing Made Easy
    by Martin Pollizotto
    Paperback: 384 Pages (2006-03-10)
    list price: US$22.95 -- used & new: US$13.12
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    Asin: 007146722X
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Your one-stop guide for saltwater fishing in North America

    Whether you’re an experienced angler looking to improve your skills or a beginner just discovering the joys of saltwater fishing, this authoritative guide will help you bring in bigger and better fish every time you cast your line. Saltwater Fishing Made Easy is your all-in-one resource for fishing methods and techniques, tackle and bait, and, most important, the fish themselves. Before you go on your next fishing excursion, make sure this book is in your tackle box.Inside you will learn:

    • Every method and technique of saltwater fishing: surf casting, fly fishing, jigging, trolling, chumming, and more
    • What you need to know about more than 75 popular game fish found on the North American coasts, including feeding habits, preferred environments, and the best techniques for catching them
    • Basic equipment, from rods and reels to bait and boats
    • Step-by-step instructions for tying the 13 most useful fishing knots
    • Proper techniques for cleaning, scaling, and filleting your catch
    • Helpful advice in legal, ethical, and safety issues
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Salt Water fishing
    I got this book for my husband and he likes it a lot. He does the fishing so I guess he should know.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Exremely Helpfull
    Very good Learning book for Salt Water Fishing , Fishes Habbits and Behavoir , Fishing Tool , How to track your fish prey .....

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Information...Good for old salts and new fishermen alike.
    The information in this book is very complete.It assumes little knowledge of saltwater fishing and gives a great overview and how-to on many different types of fishing. If you are new into the world of saltwater fishing it is a great way to find out information on different types fishing in saltwater.If you are like me and are very versed in specific kids of fishing (surf fishing), it is a great way to open your eyes to new types of fishing in the same water.
    A couple issues I have with the book are: 1.Overly cautious (understandable for lawsuits I guess).Every part of this book elaborates on safety tips, which I deem sometimes too safe; Just my thought. 2. Not a lot of information on any one thing.While it does do a good job describing all the types of fishing, it fails to provide in-depth writing on any one topic.But, as this book is a general book in nature, I am ok with the writing it provides on the various topics.
    Thing I like are: 1. Species coverage. It covers many different types of saltwater game fish and multiple ways to fish them, where to fish them, and baits to use. 2. Color pictures of a lot if different species.
    This book is a must buy for any fan of saltwater fishing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good book
    I haven't been saltwater fishing for 40 years, but plan to get back into it this year...good pointers as well as refresher on some items... but a lot of new stuff for me.... interesting reading

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Review
    The book is abit basic but provides a good review for the experienced fisherman and an good source for forgotten knots and techniques. For the beginning fisherman the book is excellent. I hadn't fished for over 20 years and I found the book to be a good refresher for me and recommend it for all but the experienced fisherman. ... Read more

    13. Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Lines, and Leaders
    by Lindsey Philpott
    Paperback: 208 Pages (2008-08-17)
    list price: US$9.95 -- used & new: US$5.53
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    Asin: 1602392242
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    From the International Game Fish Association and expert LindseyPhilpott comes a clear visual guide to tying every fishing knot you'llever need to know.Whether you're fly-fishing, trolling, spinning, or surfcasting, yourknots must hold well, be easy to remember, and help the lure towriggle. The Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Leaders, and Linesteaches anglers the best way to tie reliable, workable knots. Knots youalready know and unusual special-purpose knots are depicted in colorphotographs tied with thick monofilament, so you don't have to guesswhat each knot is really supposed to look like. There are descriptionsof fifty knots, and tips to improve your tackle and simplify life foryourself—because the fish make fishing hard enough! The Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Leaders, and Linesalso offers clear instructions for tying winning leaders, tips forselecting lines, and up-to-date information from the field that willbring you the quickest, slickest, and best catch ever. 150 color illustrations ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Made For Fishermen
    I love to fish and this is just what I needed to learn new knots.I recommend it to any serious fisherman.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fishing knots
    My husband loves this book on fishing knots. He likes to surf fish and was surprised that I knew to get this book for his birthday.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Lines, and Leaders
    Nice book. BUT - I don't agree to be "complete" book for knots and information. Nice pictures, but again lack of knot varities or quantities. Some knots are complicated and don't show detail information or enough steps to finish the knot. They are missing some very good and important knots. Again - it's a good "not so comlete" book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Clear descriptions of knots and their uses
    Although not an expansive collection of every knot in the world, this book contains a library of many useful knots for nearly every fishing application.It's descriptions of the knots are clear and illustrated quite nicely.It certainly contains more knots than I would ever use in my lifetime.

    If you're looking for every obscure knot in the universe, look elsewhere.If you want a simple description of knots with clear illustrations, then you've found a winner with this book.It's one that I will refer back to for many years. ... Read more

    14. The Gigantic Book of Fishing Stories
    Hardcover: 800 Pages (2007-05-01)
    list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$11.90
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    Asin: 1602390134
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This one-of-a-kind volume has something for everyone who fishes, whether he or she fondly remembers fishing with worms as a child or hurls the fanciest flies toward great prey like Atlantic salmon and tarpon. Its selections celebrate fishing for bass, catfish, trout, striped bass, crappie, tarpon, muskie, Atlantic salmon, bonefish, pike, and many other species. If it swims and can be landed with a rod, line, and hook, it's featured here—as are locations all over the world, from the greatest rivers of Montana to Southern lakes to shores of all American coasts to far-off locations around the world.

    Anglers will find their favorites here, writers who have made a living writing on the joys of fishing and renowned names of literature who have shared their tales and wisdom: James Henshall, Mark Sosin, Rudyard Kipling, G.E.M. Skues, Roland Pertwee, Henry Van Dyke, Dave Barry, Bill Barich, Ted Leeson, John Maclean, James Prosek, Lefty Kreh, John McPhee, Zane Grey, Joan Wulff, Howell Raines, and so many more. There are also wonderful little-known pieces by virtually unknown authors, and special discoveries—like the famous painter of birds, John James Audubon, writing about cat-fishing in the Ohio River. Fishermen nationwide will love this gigantic compendium—and it will make an ideal gift.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book!
    Lots of exciting and fun to read stories that you can share with your family and friends.I would recommend this book!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great stories
    A lot of great stories that I appreciated a lot as i have been a long time fisherman myself.
    Robert E. Milliken author of Stupid In Montana As America

    5-0 out of 5 stars Talk about "gigantic"!
    I bought this for my dad who loves to fish and always tells a great story.I couldn't believe how big it really was. He really liked it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The indispensable fishing anthology
    What a wonderful book! There's a lot of great writing about fishing out there, but I've never come across so much of it gathered in one place. Nick Lyons, who is himself a kind of legend in the fishing world, has assembled a sampling of the best of the classic and contemporary tales, memoirs, essays and poetry.
    The Gigantic Book of Fishing Stories is perfect for anyone who fishes, or knows someone who fishes, or loves life out of doors.
    I know what I'll be giving as gifts this year.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great collection!
    I loved this book!It has every fishing story you could ever want to read by a collection of famous authors on fishing. ... Read more

    15. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fly Fishing, Second Edition
    by Michael D. Shook
    Paperback: 416 Pages (2005-03)
    list price: US$18.95 -- used & new: US$10.95
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    Asin: 1592573126
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    A revised and expanded edition that will hook fishing enthusiasts.

    From understanding how to "read" fish to devising strategies for stream, river, and dam fishing to creating and casting flies, the updated Complete Idiot’s Guide‚ to Fly Fishing offers both beginning and seasoned fishing buffs a comprehensive overview of this specialized sport.

    • Photographs, illustrations, and detailed instructions on casting and fly tying technique
    • Updated coverage of technology and equipment including rods, reels, and line materials
    • Tips on preparing for a fly fishing trip ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Completes Idiots Guide to Fly Fishing
    I have never done any fly fishing & was looking for a book with help on equipment to buy & how to learn to cast & what to do. This book is well written & covers everything from start to finish.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best beginner book out there
    I am new to fly fishing and picked up this book along with the LL Bean fly fishing book.Although this book isn't in color I found the Idiots guide to be a better overall book than the LL Bean book.I have found the Idiots guide to be full of great reference and instructions for beginners.I would definitely recommend this book if you are a beginner and trying to learn the sport.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Idiot's Guide for fly fishing
    We were very happy with our purchase.Also, the seller was very fair and upfront about the books condition.They found a small cut on the cover to a certain page.They told us about it and even reduced the price and sent it at priority mail.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fly Fishing

    Thanks for your quick delivery.This a great book for an amateur such as myself to learn the various nuances of fly fishing, especially the few, simpler knots I need to learn to tie.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Complete Idiot's Guide to Fly Fishing
    The book is very good and the illustrations very helpful.

    I requested a two-day delivery on this item in order to have it on time for a camping trip to the Tetons.Four days later it still had not arrived; it DID arrive while we were on our trip. ... Read more

    16. Freshwater Fishing Tips and Techniques
    by Gene Kugach
    Paperback: 240 Pages (1997-03)
    list price: US$16.95 -- used & new: US$7.97
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    Asin: 0811727653
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Expert angler Gene Kugach offers hundreds of tips and techniques for catching all types of freshwater fish based on his years of onstream experience. Filled with easy-to-understand illustrations, and geared for both the novice and the more experienced angler, Freshwater Fishing Tips and Techniques covers every aspect of freshwater fishing. 300 drawings. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars buy this book
    One of the better books I have read on fishing.My old man took us out as kids and never really learned the right way, so needed to read up.

    I take my kids now and needed some tricks and tips, I really enjoyed the format and it was not like I had to read the book I could flip through and digest and come back and read more later.

    I highly recommend the book!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent value
    Book is in better condition than described, that is to say, the description was modest.
    Shipping was a bit slow, about 9 days.
    I'm very satisfied with purchase overall based on condition and price.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not for the Beginner
    I can see how this book would be helpful to an experienced angler. It's mostly a compendium of tips and has some nice charts that collects useful information into easy-to-read one-pagers. For the person who is new to fishing, as I am however, it's not as useful. There's very little -- really almost none -- introductory information, and the author often uses fishing jargon without explanation. Overall, it's readable enough that I've ordered the author's "Fishing Basics" book, which sounds like what I was hoping this book would be.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great guide!
    I got this book when it first came out at 12 years old, I have learned a lot of my fishing knowledge from it and highly recommend it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars More information than 5 other books
    I'm getting back into fishing after many years and have been reading up. I've read or examined maybe 20 different books in the past month. While there are a number of good books on freshwater fishing, this one is way out ahead of the others. It contains many detailed instructions for special techniques. The author is neutral regarding both type of fishing as well as brands of gear. If you like a lot of folksy fish tales, try some of the other good books. This one focuses on workable techniques -- many of them ingenious -- using easy-to-find equipment, materials and baits. I'm itching to put more of them into practice. The book is laid out in such a way that you can quickly get to the information that interests you. Lots of diagrams illustrate the methods described. If you buy only one freshwater fishing book, make it this one. If you're going to buy several, get this one first. ... Read more

    17. Hemingway on Fishing
    by Ernest Hemingway
    Hardcover: 296 Pages (2007-10-01)
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    Asin: 1599211084
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    From childhood on, Ernest Hemingway was a passionate fisherman. He fished the lakes and creeks near the family's summer home at Walloon Lake, Michigan, and his first stories and reportages were often about his favorite sport. Here, collected for the first time in one volume, are all of his great writings about the many kinds of fishing he did -- from trout in the rivers of northern Michigan to marlin in the Gulf Stream.

    In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway speaks of sitting in a café in Paris and writing about what he knew best -- and when it came time to stop, he "did not want to leave the river." The story was the unforgettable classic, "Big Two-Hearted River," and from its first words we do not want to leave the river either. He also wrote articles for the Toronto Star on fishing in Canada and Europe and, later, articles for Esquire about his growing passion for big-game fishing. His last books, The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream, celebrate his vast knowledge of the ocean and his affection for its great denizens.

    Hemingway on Fishing is an encompassing, diverse, and fascinating collection. From the early Nick Adams stories and the memorable chapters on fishing the Irati River in The Sun Also Rises to such late novels as Islands in the Stream, this collection traces the evolution of a great writer's passion; the range of his interests; the sure use he made of fishing, transforming it into the stuff of great literature.

    Anglers and lovers of great writing alike will welcome this important collection.Amazon.com Review
    When the taciturn hero of Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River"returns from the Great War, he heads straight to the northern Michiganwoods to begin the process of healing. Camping along the river andfishing for trout, Nick Adams slowly retrieves the elements of a lifeinterrupted, allowing familiar sensations to wash over him:

    He stepped into the stream. It was a shock. His trousersclung tightly to his legs. His shoes felt the gravel.... There was atug on the line. It was his first strike. Holding the now living rodacross the current, he brought in the line with his left hand. The rodbent in jerks, the trout pumping against the current.
    Later, breaking his leader on a large fish, he reels in, feeling "alittle sick, as though it would be better to sit down." More than onecritic has called "Big Two-Hearted River" the author's greatest short story.Certainly it's a model of the form, written in the uncluttered prosethat Hemingway made his trademark. That he struck such a deep,cathartic chord with what seems on the face of it like a simple fishtale is no accident: Hemingway would return to his love of anglingtime and again over the course of his career.

    Hemingway onFishing collects the bulk of the author's angling-relatedwritings, including other Nick Adams stories and excerpts from severalnovels--most notably, the memorable wine-soaked pilgrimage to Spain'sIrati River in The SunAlso Rises. However, the lesser-known newspaper and magazinearticles may elicit even more interest among readers. A piece that the21-year-old Hemingway wrote for the Toronto Star Weekly inAugust 1920 reveals his rather precocious confidence. "At present thebest rainbow trout fishing in the world is in the rapids of theCanadian Soo," he announces in the first paragraph, and then proceedsto scotch any hopes of an easy catch:

    It is a wild andnerve-frazzling sport and the odds are in favor of the big trout whotear off thirty or forty yards of line at a rush and then will sulk atthe base of a rock and refuse to be stirred into action by the pumpingof a stout fly rod aided by a fluent monologue of Ojibwayianprofanity.

    By 1933, Hemingway was writing about histrue angling passion--deep-sea big-game fishing--for the likes ofEsquire and other large-circulation glossies. In "Marlin of theMorro: A Cuban Letter," he notes that when the northeast trade windsblow, the "marlin come to the top and cruise the wind." To catch afish, the saying goes, you must think like one--and Papa's perceptivedescriptions of piscine behavior show why he was considered one of thepremiere anglers of his day. It's true that Hemingway indulged hispassions in life and on the page, and that sometimes the former gothim into trouble. As for the latter, those of us who enjoy a good fishstory are the luckier for it. --Langdon Cook ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Collection of Stories
    Perfect for anyone who enjoys Hemingway, fishing, and/or just reading about fishing.Some of the best pieces are from magazine articles he wrote about fishing in Europe and on the Gulf Stream.It is also nicely divided in to different sections, and it is not necessary to read from cover-to-cover.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of Hemingway's best at fishing...
    Ernest Hemingway, beside being the premier American author of the twentieth century, also fished quite avidly. The assorted writings in "Hemingway on Fishing" range from articles written for magazines, to portions of books such as "The Sun Also Rises" and "Old Man and the Sea." One of the stories rivals the Old Man and the Sea when it comes to futility and heartbreak in fishing for marlin. Excellent book: if you enjoy Hemingway and the fish of the sea, get your hands on a copy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Please -- no more literature critics....
    This book is a "matter of fact" gathered from the thoughts of a fellow who enjoyed the outdoors more than his own life. Within the pages of this 'compilation' a person can understand a little more about a poet that was not revealed through many of the original passages. As I have personally read, many of Hemingway's articles, short stories and novels are written from hindsight and many personal experiences, albiet great compositions;there was a literate outcome and method.
    Nick Lyons is a great writer on his own and he has had much of a collection to work with in preparing this book. His [Lyons] piecing of this puzzle has made good sense and his additions have overwhelmed the possibilities.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Hemingway on Fishing
    This is an excellent collection of Hemingway's writings about fishing, each taken from a larger work. It is a great introduction to Hemingway if your new to him, and a great refresher to him if you've been away for awhile. Read this book and you won't be disappointed, but please do each work the respect of reading the book it came from, and experience each work in it's original context.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gathers Hemingway's writings about angling
    Hemingway On Fishing gathers Hemingway's writings about angling, and while it fits into our 'literature' section quite neatly with its flowing prose and evocative descriptions, it's the fisherman who will appreciate Hemingway's passion for the sport. Nick Lyons edits the presentation and provide an introduction, Jack Hemingway the foreword in this classic treatise. ... Read more

    18. Fishing Basics
    by Gene Kugach
    Paperback: 224 Pages (1993-02)
    list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$1.98
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    Asin: 0811730018
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Fishing Basics is a Stackpole Books publication.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Fishing Basics, Gene Kugach
    I found Fishing Basics to be pretty basic!Or, what one would consider a common sense approach to fishing.The funny thing is everything is simple once someone takes the time to explain it.One example in Fishing Basics is what time of day to fish based on the season - now I know why I wasn't catching any fish on a hot day with no over brush or underpass to provide shade for the fish!Now who would ever guess that fish like shade on hot days just like us humans.Another good section was on fishing "structure," which addressed where to fish in lakes, ponds, river banks, etc.About a quarter of the book was dedicated to Lure making.When you consider that you can buy a lure for under $2 versus buying materials and tools to make the lures, this wasn't a turn-on for me.Rick, South (New) Jersey

    5-0 out of 5 stars Happy Fisherman
    Purchased this book to learn more on fishing basics.Have fished for over 50 years but there is always something I have found that may not have been passed down through the ages from father to son or daughter.This book explained in clear terms and pictures rigging and techniques that are useful and practical to the everyday fisherman. Have fished for trout but was not as familiar with bass and panfish.Found this text very helpful.Plan on keeping it around for my kids and grandkids.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Especially good for the beginner.
    If you want a fast and concise review this is the book for you. Covers a lot of areas and educates you as you read. Good investment of your time and money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book lots of Good information
    This book delivers good information in straight forward manor.The organization of the book is good. and there are some good illustrations depicting rig sets etc. overall I would highly recommend this book to beginner anglers as a guide/how to. as well as those with more experience as a reference book. It was so good I sat and read it cover to cover right after I opened the package.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Grandson loves Fishing
    Fishing BasicsI bought it for our Grandson who saw it at his school library and really liked it.He loves fishing at the age of 8.Spends hours at our pond or at the lake. ... Read more

    19. Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America, The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster, and In Watermelon Sugar
    by Richard Brautigan
    Paperback: 400 Pages (1989-03-01)
    list price: US$15.95 -- used & new: US$6.17
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    Asin: 0395500761
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    A Brautigan omnibus, reissued in paperback in celebration of its twentieth anniversary, this one-volume edition includes three contemporary classics that embody the spirit of the 1960s. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great purchase
    It was in pretty great condition and was delivered well within the time period. I recommend buying it on here instead of at an expensive bookstore.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great books, bad Kindle editon
    So I finally decided to try out this Kindle thing and this was the first book I purchased because it's an old favorite. The three books are as good as ever, but the Kindle edition has a lot of typos which I suspect are from a lazy OCR transcription.

    Hopefully these things get ironed out eventually, otherwise, going from print to Kindle is like transferring all of your good-quality music CDs to poorer-quality digital files (oh, wait I'm doing that too).

    My review of the book: five stars

    for the Kindle edition: three stars

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brautigan's "Trout fishing in America"

    This used to be one of my favorite books. I'd forgotten about it until I heard or saw something on the "tube". Interesting views.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Trout Fishing, Indeed
    I noted in a recent review of a film documentary about the literary exploits and influences of the "beat" generation of the 1950s on my generation, the "Generation of `68", that we were a less literary generation. That was one of the things that drew me to the beat literary figures like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs, among others. Our generation was driven more by the sound of music and fury. Although I believe that statement holds up over time it is not true that there were no literary figures who tried to express for us what the landscape of mainstream American was like, and why it desperately needed to be changed. Enter one Richard Brautigan and his exploration on that theme, "Trout Fishing In America"

    This little book drew my attention first for its cover (see linked "Wikipedia" entry for a view) more than anything literary since I was not then familiar with Brautigan's name or work. However, the photograph of Brautigan and his "muse" showed me all I needed to know to go inside. He (and she) look exactly like the poster children for the San Francisco experience of the 1960s. And like god's own vision of what the American West would have been populated with if the "greed heads" hadn't gone and burned up, mined, polluted, and otherwise destroyed everything they could get their hands on (and more).

    And that last statement can stand, my friends, for Brautigan's motivation in writing this book. In a series of vignettes not, unfortunately, always creating a seamless plot Brautigan gives an alternative look at some funny, weird, crazy American types as he travels throughout the West in the early 1960s alone at times, and with wife and child at others. The title of the book recurs in several variations throughout (as sport, as a name, as a place, etc.). If you like a little off-beat theme, or are just curious about what those "hippies" were up to in the 1960s here is one of our own. Trout fishing, indeed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I can't think of a title for this review
    I'm struck by the strong polarization of reviews for Trout Fishing in America. That tells me right away that there is something worth investigating here.

    I have read this book countless times over the past 30 years, and I am still at a loss to explain its charms. Yes, on the surface, it seems like a bunch of disconnected and aimless stories. But they all have a way of burrowing into the psyche, and I find myself carrying little fragments of the book around in my head all of the time. There are images, ideas and phrases in the book that are reminiscent of vivid dream fragments. In some ways, it is like music, because I can remember exactly when and where I was when I read certain passages.

    I feel sorry for those who don't "get" it. It is not a linear story with a beginning, middle, and end and clever character development, so I can understand their frustration. But the point of the book isn't what it says, but what it does. It isn't a story, it's an experience. You may read through several chapters at a sitting without feeling one way or another about it, but then find little pieces coming to mind in the following days.

    And it is all grounded in some basic truth. The stories all have an uncanny directness about them, and typically involve the basic elements of living... the earth, a house, rain, a road, a stream, fish, the sun, friendship, history, ketchup, kool-aid, mayonnaise. ... Read more

    20. The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told: Twenty-Eight Unforgettable Fishing Tales
    Paperback: 288 Pages (2004-04-01)
    list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$6.00
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    Asin: 1592284108
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    "Every once in a while, a book publisher comes up with a great concept for a series of books that deserve more than superficial recognition. Such a series is The Greatest (fill in the blank) Stories Ever Told, anthologies that should win places on many bedside tables. On the long winter nights that lie ahead, such stories make great reading." -The Lexington County Chronicle
    The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told is sure to ignite recollections of your own angling experiences as well as send your imagination adrift. In this compilation of tales you will read about two kinds of places, the ones you have been to before and love to remember, and the places you have only dreamed of going, and would love to visit. Whether you prefer to fish rivers, estuaries, or beaches, this book will take you to all kinds of water, where you'll experience catching every kind of fish.
    Read on as some of the sport's most talented writers recount their personal memories of catching bass, trout, bluefish marlin, tuna, and more. You'll read about all kinds of fish, and all kinds of fishermen in these pages. Explore the Pacific with Zane Grey, as he fights a 1,000-pound blue marlin, or listen as
    A. J. McClane explains just what it really means to be an angler. Take a step back in time when you read Ernie Schwiebert's tale of fishing a remote lake in Michigan, when he was still only a young boy. Each of these stories, selected because of its intrinsic literary worth, reinforces the unique personal connection that fishing creates between man and nature.

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    Customer Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good book
    I bought this book for my husband. He read several stories in it but then put it down.I think it's a mixture of fiction and non-fiction tales but he only wanted non.So if you don't mind both then this maybe the book for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Have you heard about the fish that...
    Fishing is an activity designed to create unusual stories and yes, examples of hyperbole.But unlike the ordinary fishy stories, these incredible fish tails (pun intended) are true - and incredible.Even if fishing isn't your thing, the stories remain highly entertaining and will often leave the reader shaking their head in amazement. ... Read more

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