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"This Guide may be the single most valuable item a novice angler can buy . . . and most of us would do well to re-read the sections on flies, fly selection, and stream tactics every spring before pulling on our waders for the first time."
--Rod & Reel

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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.
With new illustrations and paintings by renowned fly-fishing artist Bob White, this wholly rewritten edition addresses every significant requirement of the sport and provides an excellent foundation for pleasurable years of fishing. Included here are instructions for tackle selection; casting and presentation; flies and their specific uses; essential knots and how to tie them properly; successful techniques on stream, pond, or ocean; and information on the best tackle, flies, and methods for pursuing major gamefish in fresh and salt water, from bluegill to tarpon.
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Product Details

  • Series: Orvis
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; Revised, Updated ed. edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592288189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592288182
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would say this book along with the L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing are the two single best resources available for new fly fisherman. Both have tons of information and both have wonderful color pictures and diagrams. I would not hesitate to order either book. In fact, at the time of this review both books are priced identically here at Amazon. If you must pick only one of the two books I would give the slightest of nods to the LL Bean book. Why? Because it has about 50 additional pages and a better section on fly tying. On a scale of 1-10 I'd give the LL Bean book a 9.5 and I'd give the Orvis book a 9.0. Either way you are going to get a fantastic resource.
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This is the new edition of one of the best books for introducing anyone to the sport of fly fishing, whether the angler wants to shop for equipment at Orvis or Wal-Mart. The information is clearly explained without going into tedious details that novices (and experienced anglers) don't want. Everything is covered here--from rod types to fly lines to casting basics. The excellent graphics are helpful--especially of the knots. Some books have knot instructions that are impossible to follow--"knot" so here! For someone who wants to start fly fishing, this book would make a great start. Orvis no doubt added the color illustrations to compete with "L.L.Bean's Handbook to Fly-Fishing" (another excellent "How to" book). So, if you're looking for "How to" info, this is the book to get; for inspiration (both about fishing and life itself), pick up Schreiber's novel, "Life on the Fly."
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I am a novice to fly fishing. I had ordered Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide together with the L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing and I have to say that L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing has a slight advantage over this one. On the other hand though, this book provides a well-rounded package of information on fly fishing, which the beginners will no doubt appreciate in time as well once they get past the basics. Pros: This is a well written book for all fly fishers. Nobody will find it boring. Even the most advanced fly fishing enthusiasts will benefit from this book. Con: The beginners might have difficulty understanding the basic concepts and terminology. In conclusion, I think I will learn the fundamentals of this sport/pastime from the L.L. Bean guide at the beginning and will advance to Orvis book to refine my knowledge and build on my experience. I definitely recommend it.
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If you are new to fly fishing and looking for a book, this is it. This book covers all the basics that a person new to the sport will need. But where other intro books are too high level, this book also goes into enough detail to actually provide some insight and understanding of the sport. I have been fly fishing for three years now and have re-read this book before each season. It makes more and more sense each time I read it as I can relate my experiences each year back to what is in the book.
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Just recently started Fly Fishing again after 20 year so thought I would update my copy. It was more than worth it. The book has been updated with changes in techniques. Highly recommended for beginners or even more experienced fishers who my be trying new things or brushing up on their basics.
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I found the LL Bean Guide to be much more informative to a new trout fisherman than The Orvis Fly-Sishing Guide, Completely Revised and Updated with Over 400 New Color Photos and Illustrations. I bought both books, along with The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing: 101 Tips for the Absolute Beginner, as a package from Amazon. This book was quite a bit more informative than the Orvis book. While expected promotion of the Orvis brand, the Orvis book is practically a sales catalog for the Orvis brand, whereas the LL Bean book focused more on casting techniques and other much needed information, that was less in depth with the Orvis book. Also, the Orvis book dedicates way too many pages to fly tying, well over 1/3rd of the book, an art that is surely lost on the beginner fly fisherman. I firmly believe that most new fly fisherman will buy flys for quite a while before beginning to tie their own. There is so much to learn and practice in fly fishing to take on the art of fly tying in my opinion.
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The pictures alone are amazing and show a lot of hi-res detail. Tom writes very well (or his editors are amazing, either way) and gets all the information across in an easy-to-understand manner. I would highly recommend this book to any fly-fisherman.

I'm a "beginner" in the sense that I haven't fly-fished for years...at least 15 or 16 years. The sport has changed quite a bit and I've invested in some better gear this time around (though still not the high-end expensive stuff). The chapter on flies - types, sizes, when to use them, etc. - is invaluable and represents the best reading in the book so far. I would also recommend "The Orvis Guide to Reading Trout Streams", also by Tom Rosenbauer.

As usual, Amazon had this book for much less (over $5 less) than Orvis' website and others. And with Prime, you get free 2-day shipping. Can't go wrong.
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This books holds some interesting information and a good foundation for the sport that would be great for a beginner. I do not recommend it for anyone above the level of a beginner though. I've been fly fishing for a while. So much of the information is a rehash of things I already know. Given that I bought the Kindle edition for only 2.99, it may be worth keeping. At my skill level, I would not buy it again though. If you are a beginner, I think this book would be a worthwhile read and WELL WORTH the Kindle price! If you are a beginner, you may also want to look into some other books sold here on Amazon by Lefty Kreh or LL Bean. One final thought is that some of the information in this book relates to Orvis specific terminology that is not industry standard. An example is that Orvis uses rod designations of full flex, mid flex and tip flex. The industry uses terms like slow or moderate action, moderate-fast action and fast action rods.
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