Fly Fishing Technique & Tactics Books

Ultimately, an angler improves their fly fishing ability the most through practice. Yet, through reading and research, anglers can greatly improve their knowledge of aquatic habitats - leading to more productive time on the water.

Other books that are very helpful are books about casting. While a book is no substitute for real life practice, a book can frequently illustrate problems in a cast that an angler didn't realize existed.

And finally, beginner anglers will enjoy the many fine guidebooks that lead new anglers through the sport of fly fishing - from what the sport is, to the type of gear used and why, and the ABC's of getting started.

Fly Fising Technique & Tactic Books

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Dynamic Nymphing: Tactics, Techniques, and Flies from Around the World : Complete guide to advanced nymphing technique. Casting and technique sequences that include tuck cast, bow and arrow cast, as well as elevating and leading when tight line nymphing. Fishing the extremes: shallow water, cold weather, high water, wind. Rigging and fishing dry and droppers, curly Qs, and conventional indicators. Advanced tight line nymphing tactics, including Czech, Polish, French, Spanish, and American techniques.    
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Fly Fishing for Beginners (The Freshwater Angler) : Many anglers who wish to get started in fly fishing are intimidated. With so many choices of expensive rods, reels, lines, leaders and flies, it's difficult to know where to begin. And it doesn't help that a few of the so-called "experts" in the field write articles implying the sport is difficult to master. The truth is, to be a successful fly angler you don't need to know everything about everything. That's what sets this book apart from the many other fly fishing books available today. In these pages, veteran fly-fishing instructor Chris Hansen concentrates on teaching you the basics.    
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Fly-Casting Fundamentals: Distance, Accuracy, Roll Casts, Hauling, Sinking Lines, and More : Expert Lefty Kreh lays the groundwork for learning to cast, including teaching and practicing tips. Basic overhead and sidearm cast, roll cast, reach cast, stack cast, tuck cast, curve cast, snap T, change of direction cast, low-side-up cast, speed cast. Tips for keeping your casts under control and making them accurate, mastering the double haul, and casting weight.Casting an extra 20 or 30 feet.    
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Guide to Fly Fishing Knots : An easy to use an inexpensive in-depth guide to tying knots used for fly fishing.    
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Handbook Of Hatches: Introductory Guide to the Foods Trout Eat & the Most Effective Flies to Match Them : Fishing success comes from making wise observations on stream and acting on them right away. In Handbook of Hatches, Hughes teaches how to match the hatch and not worry about identifying the insect until later, if at all, and to fish better, focus on shape, size, and color to choose the best fly for the situation. Covers mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies, midges, dragonflies, boatmen, alderflies, and hellgrammites. An understandable approach and useful guide to fishing hatches. Popular reference work updated with full-color photos of the insects.    
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Reading Trout Water: 2nd Edition : Learn how to find trout by studying currents, temperatures, oxygen levels, and food sources. Covers every water type--riffles, runs, pools, flats, pocket water, bank water. 140 color photos pinpoint trout locations in specific water types. Completely updated.    
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fly Fishing : 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.    
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The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing : 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.    
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The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Completely Revised and Updated : 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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The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing: 101 Tips for the Absolute Beginner : This book, written with the support of America's oldest fishing tackle business, offers beginners a chance to learn the fundamentals of the great sport of fly fishing quickly and easily. Here are fishing ethics, helpful safety advice, basic angling terms, everything the new fly fisher needs in a crisp, helpful, and finely illustrated primer of the highest rank.    
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The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing : The definitive and comprehensive guide to fishing small trout streams throughout North America.    
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The Orvis Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing: Secrets from the Orvis Experts : A grand tour of the world of fly-fishing strategies and techniques, from Orvis's world-famous team of experts and advisors. In large format with rich and helpful color photos and drawings, the book covers everything from basic fishing knots and casts to expert techniques you won't see in standard books. Besides trout technique and secrets for rivers and lakes, the book also covers the worlds of fly fishing for bonefish, striped bass, permit, bluefish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and steelhead.    
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Trout From Small Streams: 2nd Edition : Hughes draws on his years of experience to teach you everything you need to know about fishing small streams, from choosing rods and flies to reading the weather and water. Small streams provide the opportunity for exploration and discovery--in addition to the fish. This second edition contains new chapters on reading the seasons and tenkara and is superbly illustrated with more than 100 new color photos.    
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