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Curtis Creek Manifesto: A Fully Illustrated Guide to the Stategy, Finesse, Tactics, and Paraphernalia of Fly Fishing Paperback – May 1, 1978


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Frank Amato Publications; 1 edition (May 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936608064
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936608068
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Sheridan Anderson, self-described "foe of the work ethic," has put together an illustrated guide to "the art of fly fishing on moving water" that one must see to fully appreciate. There is much wisdom in this introduction to a difficult sport, all presented in a large cartoon format. Like William Nealy's Kayak, Anderson takes advantage of his multimedia approach to explain aspects of fly-fishing, through both words and drawings, that might otherwise be lost on the neophyte. All this is conveyed with a good sense of humor, something beginning fly-fishers need in abundance.

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Easy to understand and fun to read.
Jack Pirson
I bought this book for my husband (who does NOT love to read) after a friend recommended it and he LOVES it!
Lindsey Hubert
If you only get one book on fly fishing get this.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Massimo Maddaloni on July 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
Right after coming to Montana, it was made clear to me that I HAD to learn flyfishing, so I got my rod, line, flies, waders, boots and this book. After 7 years of creeping, crawling, cursing, casting, bushwhacking and reading this book probably 20 times, I can catch some fish. Every time i read this book I realize how much knowledge it delivers. Over the time I read many fancy flyfishing books and I never found anything useful that was not explained in these 40 pages. The only thing missing in this book is ... your own experience. BUY IT!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Curtis Creek Manifesto was the first fly fishing book that I could read and truly understand. It is filled with simple illustrations and descriptions that make getting off the ground with fly fishing a breeze. so many other books that I tried to read were filled with tech talk and jargon that confused and frustrated me. I believe that this book saved my trip to Colorado and my first fly fishing experience two years ago. I have reccomended it to all of my fishing buddies and I continue to use it even now.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike Clancey on September 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I got my first copy in approximately 1979 and have gotten copies for my daughters since. Anderson presents essential information in a well though out, logical, and entertaining fashion. A must-read for anyone getting into fly fishing, as well as a good refresher for those with some experience. Contrary to what some would have you believe, fly fishing can be a simple and straight-forward sport; this book makes that clear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "robtf" on June 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Sheridan Anderson has captured in 40 or so pages what other authors have attempted to write in 400 pages. There is a humor and energy that is communicated, in a comic-book format, which is infectious, and at the same time informative. Ok, so you won't know how to choose the correct action rod or the best fly tying vise just by reading this book. But you will understanding some of the most important points about fly fishing and will be well on your way towards discovering your very own 'Curtis Creek'!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "ness22004" on June 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
This light hearted introduction focuses on the right things. It starts with stealth, not with what stuff to buy or another re-hash of the history of fly fishing. The points are well thought out, brief and on the mark. Despite what tackle manufacturers may have you think, the elements of this sport are unchanged from the 1978 date this book was published.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Eric Bothwell on May 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
It may seem weird for a book on flyfishing to receive such praise, especially coming from someone who hasn't really done much flyfishing (I am just starting in again after 10+ years away from any fishing). However, I recall vividly the day I picked up a copy of "The Curtis Creek Manifesto" while on vacation with my family 15-16 years ago, and was immediately drawn to it. It has great cartoons, funny wry humor, and great advice for beginning and intermediate flyfishers.
I have even "sold" friends on this book who have never fished in their lives, and most people have agreed that there is something special about this book. Sheridan Anderson was a wise, eccentric character, and this shows in his cartoons and writing. Every time I read this book, I have the urge to hop on a plane and head out to Montana in search of "Curtis Creek", which Anderson claimed is a real creek w/ some amazing scenery and fishing.
I highly recommend this book!
Also, if you can find it Sheridan Anderson has another great cartoon guide to backpacking, "Baron Von Mabel's Backpacking".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William H. Tappan on November 4, 2006
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Sheridan Anderson's clasic book is so filled with wisdom and humor it simply removes much of the "mystery" from the sport of fly fishing for newcomers.

I have been a fly fisherman for over 50 years. I have taught dozens of family and friends to fly fish. And that's why I've given away more than 20 copies of Curtis Creek Manifesto to my "students."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "ness22004" on September 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
This magazine style paperback book was recommended to me long after I knew the basics of flyfishing, so I didn't expect to learn much. I was lured in by its price, but very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the content. The author cuts through the bull normally found in fly fishing instruction books and gets to the meat of the topics. Quick. He includes wonderful, humurous illustrations to enhance the reader's learning. This is one book I can say should be read early on by anyone interested in learning flyfishing.
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