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Product Details

  • Series: Orvis
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; Rev Upd 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Great book very informative, incredible pictures and drawings, very easy to follow.
Victoria
For very good information tool for the novice flyfisherman and it's even a good reference guide for the more experienced flyfishing individual.
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It's a learning experience from one of the leading suppliers of fly fishing tackle and supplies.
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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By D. Jones on March 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Reader from the North on December 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Woodrick on February 8, 2009
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Bruner on August 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Haase on April 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
For someone just getting into the sport, like myself, this book provides plenty of punch for the money. I find myself using it as an encyclopedia of sorts for all things related to fly fishing. Highly recommend!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey L. Schronce on August 10, 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on February 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Fly-fishing is an endlessly complex pursuit. To catch that lunker you need to know a lot about subjects seemingly arcane and esoteric. For instance, insects and their respective life cycles are a matter of great importance. Fly fishers will get excited about the creepy crawlies that they discover under streambed rocks. They may even suction the contents of a hapless trout stomach to study the bugs that may be found within.

You also need to know about knots, tippets, leaders and fly lines (there are many kinds); the hydrodynamics of streams and tides, the theory and practice of casting, and on and on and on.

The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide provides a path into this labyrinth of complexity.

Tom Rosenbauer makes it accessible with a straightforward and comprehensive overview of the many facets of this sport. It's clearly written and well organized, and the updated edition contains over 400 new color illustrations.

One shortcoming is the inclusion of a bit more Orvis self-promotion than necessary. There's a whole chapter on gear, which looks and feels a bit like the Orvis catalog. And in the section on fly rod selection, Rosenbauer describes the Orvis Flex Index in great detail. Not very useful if you're considering a rod from another manufacturer.

But all in all this is a good book, and one that will certainly be helpful to the beginning fly fisherperson.
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More About the Author

Tom Rosenbauer has been a fly fisher for nearly four decades, and was tying flies commercially at age fourteen. He is the author of numerous books, as well as countless articles for American Angler, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, and other periodicals. He is a vice president at the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont, and lives in nearby Arlington.

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