Master all the casts you will ever need from this clear, comprehensive and international, modern manual.* Step-by-step diagrams and instructions will take you through the stages of each cast* Learn to correct common casting mistakes* Choose the right cast for the right conditions * Overcome challenges: strong winds eddying currents overhanging trees restrictions on the bank behind you casting round rocks * Includes international casts: from the traditional Scottish Spey cast, to the Skagit cast, the Galway, the Belgian wind cast and the Scandinavian shooting head techniques.
Fly-Casting Finesse reveals expert John L. Field’s secrets of fly-casting based on modern observation, Field’s experience as an angler and casting teacher, and his collaboration with international members of casting clubs and schools. Whether the reader is a salt- or freshwater angler, Fly-Casting Finesse will help the caster increase accuracy and distance as well as hone presentation. It runs the gamut from one-hand spey techniques to dealing with wind on the flats. Although not a complete casting curriculum, the purpose of the book is to help anglers learn how to achieve more and know where to get assistance. Many of the skills at the highest levels of fly-casting require an educated sense of feeling in the rod hand that enables the caster to use finesse and seemingly minimal effort to manipulate the rod and line. The book will guide people down the path of acquiring that magical touch. According to Field’s philosophy, readers should first learn all casting styles and techniques to adapt them for any species and location they encounter, and secondly, they should know the history and purpose of presentation, so they can be innovative in the future. In applying this book to angling, he’s not trying to teach the reader how to catch more fish; he’s trying to help the reader catch the fish he or she wants. Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for fishermen. Our books for anglers include titles that focus on fly fishing, bait fishing, fly-casting, spin casting, deep sea fishing, and surf fishing. Our books offer both practical advice on tackle, techniques, knots, and more, as well as lyrical prose on fishing for bass, trout, salmon, crappie, baitfish, catfish, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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. For example, if you aren't sure what level fly angler you are, check out Hansen's "10 Ways to Tell If You're a Beginner." Want to learn how to fly cast? Read "12 Tips to Making the Perfect Cast." And if you think you must carry everything but the kitchen sink with you every time you wade into a stream, look at Hansen's "8 Accessories for Every Trip." Hansen understands the best reason to try fly fishing is that in many situations you can catch more fish with flies than you can with spinning or baitcasting lures. In this book's final chapter, "Catching Fish on Flies," he details these situations for panfish, trout, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and even northern pike. In addition, he shows you his "Top 10 Fly Patterns" for each species and the best retrieves for getting finicky fish to strike.
When Tom Friedemann’s thirty-one-year marriage to his high-school sweetheart ended, he was crushed. But then a fly-fishing buddy gave him a handwritten piece of advice that read, “Just go fishing and everything will be all right.” He followed that advice and found it to be the perfect salve. In this collection of stories, he celebrates his love affair with fishing and journaling—a journey that began in 1963 in Oklahoma after he caught a 13⁄4 pound largemouth bass on a red-and-white Martin Fly Plug using a Mitchell 304 spinning reel with a solid glass rod. That was the beginning of a journey that led to a life of contentment—one that carried him into his seventies and served as an antidote for the challenges he faced in earning a college degree, establishing a career, raising a family, and eventually retiring. Join the author as he shares how journaling has magnified the satisfaction that comes when one of God’s creatures gives you the ultimate compliment of taking your artificial fly or lure because he thought it was prey.
Selecting the rod, reel, line, leader, and flies to fill the trout fly box with step-by-step photos and instructions on the forward cast, sidearm cast, roll cast, and slack-line cast and includes six knots you need to know Choosing the correct imitation at the best size to match the insects on the water and how to fish with searching patterns How to find trout, present the fly correctly, set the hook, and play the fish and expand your skills to the double haul cast, used for catching bass and pike Many people are intimidated by the subtleties of fly casting, the myriad of flies, and the fine points of entomology, all of which make up the sport of fly fishing. Getting started does require a set of skills and knowledge about casting, fly selection, knot tying, reading the water, and tactics, and Basic Fly Fishing provides these essential facts and skills so you can get out on the water and catch fish.
If you're looking to spend some time chasing one of the Atlantic's most popular sport fish, this book can help make it time well spent. Chico Fernández shares a lifetime of expertise and experiences fly fishing for redfish up and down the Atlantic Coast, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, and Mexico.
Hone your fly-casting skills in just a few hours! The better you can cast, the more you'll enjoy fly-fishing. With good casting technique you can place the fly where you want it, effortlessly and with precision and grace, even when wind or obstructions conspire against you. In Master the Cast, George V. Roberts Jr., a lifelong fly-fisher and sought-after instructor, walks you through a course that breaks the complicated mechanics into a few simple components. Then, with the help of hundreds of photos and illustrations, he shows you how to master these in seven concise lessons, including: The Roll Cast, which builds your rod-arm mechanics (how the hand, wrist, forearm, and upper arm function to make the rod work) The Pick-Up-and-Lay-Down Cast, which forms the foundation of all straight-line casting False Casting, which allows you to keep the fly airborne for several strokes before delivering it plus Shooting Line, Casting in All Planes, Drift and Follow-Through, Off-Vertical Casting, and an advanced lesson on Hauling Master the Cast is an indispensable resource for all fly-fishers, beginner to advanced, that will have you casting flies with confidence, precision, and consistency after only a few hours' practice. "Most fly-fishers cast mechanically without understanding the mechanics of the cast. But understanding precisely what is going on and why is what makes a good caster into an excellent one. George Roberts understands casting mechanics inside and out, and his Master the Cast will help you do just that."—James R. Babb, editor, Gray's Sporting Journal Praise for George Roberts' A Fly-Fisher's Guide to Saltwater Naturals and Their Imitation: "A book in a class by itself."—Fly Fishing Saltwater "It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this book."—The Fly-Tyer's Catalog