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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1st edition (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811724395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811724395
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,178,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Hughes is a highly respected fly-fishing writer with more than two dozen books in print, including Trout from Small Streams: 2nd Edition, Handbook of Hatches: 2nd Edition, and Trout Flies. He is a columnist for Fly Rod & Reel and Flyfishing & Tying Journal. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Dave Hughes is author of more than 20 books about fly fishing. They include the classic Western Hatches with Rick Hafele, American Fly Tying Manual, Handbook of Hatches, Reading Trout Water, the massive reference Trout Flies, Nymphs for Streams and Stillwaters, Wet Flies, and Pocketguide to Western Hatches. In 2014 Stackpole Books published the 2-book set, Tactics for Trout and Seasons for Trout, authored by Dave with Rick Hafele and Skip Morris.

Dave was founding president of Oregon Trout in 1983, and was awarded life membership in the Federation of Flyfishers in 1985. He was awarded the Pete Hidy honorary life membership in the Flyfishers Club of Oregon in 1992 for his literary accomplishments. Dave received the prestigious Letcher Lambuth Angler Craftsman Award in 2008 from the Washington Fly Fishing Club. He is a life member of his home club, the Rainland Flycasters in Astoria, Oregon.

Born in Astoria, Oregon on the 4th of July, 1945, Dave worked his way through college at jobs specializing in the Three Ds--Dirty, Difficult, and Dangerous: mink ranches, tuna canneries, and shrimp boats. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1967, from Army Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1968. Dave served one-and-a-half years in Viet Nam, 6 months as a communications site commander in the Mekong Delta, and one year as liaison officer to the Commanding General of communications in the Southeast Asia theater.

Dave is an accomplished amateur aquatic entomologist. His hobbies include collecting, identifying, and photographing the aquatic insects that are fed upon by trout, as well as tying and fishing the flies that match those insects and fool those trout. His articles on fly fishing have appeared in Field & Stream, Gray's Sporting Journal, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Fly Fisherman magazine, American Angler, and Fly Tyer. Dave served as editor of Flyfishing & Tying Journal for eight years, and is currently Practical and Useful columnist for Fly Rod & Reel and entomology columnist for Flyfishing & Tying Journal.

Dave lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Japanese fly fishing writer Masako Tani.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent reference for the beginning fly fisher. The discussions on equipment, fly selection and how two's on rigging flyfishing equipment, knots, reading streams and discussions on insect entomology are well written and explained in a manner which makes them easy to understand and remember by somone who is just getting into fly fishing. The secton on how to cast is also accurate and well written. However the best way to jump start your casting knowledge would be to enroll in a one day class at a local fly shop or coax an acquaintance who knnows how to show you on your lawn. All in all this book is a very good reference material and will give you everything you need to know to begin catching fish on the fly and help you determine whether you want to go further in the sport.
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By Steve Sumner on February 11, 2014
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This is a good book on fly fishing basics. I do prefer more pictures particularly on casting and knot tying.
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By capnkente on August 19, 2014
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Thanks, Dave, for a good book for us fly fishing beginners. Pictures and illustrations are always good for beginners, and this book is full of them. I especially enjoyed the section on panfish and bass techniques.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mike smith on April 3, 2013
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nice to get started for a book that some one never flly fish before I am very glad that i got this book
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