The Complete Book of Fly Fishing by Tom McNallyThe Complete Book of Fly Fishing by Tom McNally

The Complete Book of Fly Fishing

byTom McNally

Paperback | September 22, 1997

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There's an old saying among fly fishers that equipment isn't the only thing, it's everything. But the best equipment in the world will catch few fish if you don't know how to use it. Experienced anglers with dimestore equipment can outfish the superbly equipped tyro every time--because they know how it's done.

With nearly fifty years of fly fishing to look back on, Tom McNally knows how it's done, from angling for tiny brook trout in mountain streams to fly casting for giant marlin in the open ocean--and everything in between. This book is the culmination of a long and respected career as one of the world's best-known outdoor writers--the collected knowledge of almost half a century of fly fishing condensed to fit between two covers. Here, in plain language, is a complete book of fly fishing from a complete fly fisherman.

Angler's Hall of Fame member Tom McNally, a native of Berlin, New Hampshire, has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as one of the world's best-known outdoor writers, with more than 26 books, 10,000 newspaper columns, and 4,500 magazine features to his credit. He has written for, among others, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afi...
Title:The Complete Book of Fly FishingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 9.2 × 7.4 × 0.84 inPublished:September 22, 1997Publisher:McGraw-Hill Education

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ISBN - 10:0070456380

ISBN - 13:9780070456389

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Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition


1. About Fly Fishing

2. Fly Rods

3. Fly Reels

4. Fly Lines

5. Leader Design and Construction

6. Popular Fly-Fishing Knots

7. Fly-Casting Basics

8. Advanced Fly Casting

9. Gear for the Fly Fisherman

10. Trout-Fishing Flies

11. Special Flies and Bugs

12. How to Tie Flies

13. Wet-Fly Fishing

14. Dry-Fly Fishing for Trout

15. Nymph Fishing for Trout

16. Streamer Fishing for Trout

17. Hooking, Playing, and Landing Fish with a Fly Rod

18. On the Stream

19. Techniques for Low-Water Trout

20. Fishing Bass Bugs

21. Spinners and Porkrind for Bass

22. Streamers and Nymphs for Bass

23. Dry Flies for Stream Smallmouths

24. Fly Fishing for Northern Pike

25. Panfish on Flies and Bugs

26. Lake Fly Fishing

27. Fly Fishing Salt Water, Inshore

28. Fly Fishing Salt Water, Offshore

29. Special Fish Species



From Our Editors

There’s a lot to know about fly fishing and novice sportsmen can often find the breadth and depth of information daunting. Fortunately, Tom McNally offers a concise, readable and very comprehensive look at this great sport. The Complete Book of Fly Fishing offers you historical information and tells you the equipment and techniques you’ll need to tie flies and cast with confidence. You’ll learn about the difference between dry flies, nymphs and wet flies and the different approaches that they require. Detailed illustrations and colour photographs help to guide you through the information. If you’re curious about fly fishing, or even if you’re a seasoned veteran, this great book has something to offer you.  

Editorial Reviews

``To say any single book about a subject so diverse as fly fishing is `complete' is tall talk, but this one delivers.''