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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076455073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764550737
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

For the unschooled, fly-fishing can appear impossibly difficult and otherworldly, the province of tweedy sportsmen with enough time and money to look credible on the water. But as Peter Kaminsky explains in the opening chapter, this graceful method of catching fish doesn't require "the touch of a surgeon, the body mechanics of Tiger Woods, and the spirit of a Zen master." What it does require is a little dedication and good instruction--and Fly Fishing for Dummies delivers on the latter. This crash-course tutorial removes the mystery with chapters on gear, flies, casting, and fishing strategies. There's even a chapter on some of the great North American trout rivers. And the tone is far from tweedy, with plenty of good humor and trivia mixed into the excellent info. --Langdon Cook, Sports & Outdoors editor

From the Back Cover

"Well-written and superbly organized, this book is a great primer."
— Joe Healy, Saltwater Fly Fishing magazine

150+ illustrations will have you casting and catching in no time!

The fun and easy way® to get hooked on fly fishing

If you think fly fishing is only for tweedy uppercrust types, think again! With some basic gear and the help of this friendly guide, you too can experience the fun of casting a fly and reeling in a big rainbow trout. From buying a rod to finding the best fly fishing destinations, it delivers just what you need to get hooked.

Praise for Fly Fishing For Dummies

"It’s all here . . . from choosing gear, to learning how to cast, to reading water, to catching fish."
– Jay Cassell, Sports Afield magazine

"With relentless wit, Peter Kaminsky has peeled away all the mysticism, social tone, and other impediments to learning about this sport."
– Paul Schullery, author of American Fly Fishing

Discover how to:

  • Choose the right gear
  • Buy or tie basic flies
  • Perfect your casting
  • "Read" water and locate fish
  • Fish the top U.S. trout rivers
  • Cast for bass, saltwater fish, and more

More About the Author

Author of many cookbooks and flyfishing books, also ghostwriter. Wrote Underground Gourmet New York Magazine, Outdoors Column New York Times. Creator and Executive Producer Mark Twain Prize for Popular Song, Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song both on PBS.

I live in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn and pretty much do everything else in Brooklyn
except for travel adventures. Dedicated home chef. Constant reader. Bad singer.

Customer Reviews

This book does not tell you what you need to know to get started in fly fishing.
gZaller
I found this "For Dummies" book very informative for a novice, well-written and witty, and covered much of the stuff a novice fly fisherman would want to know.
John Turnbull
I've been teaching flyfishing and flycasting for years and I now recommend this book to all of my students.
Tom Akstens (akstens@aol.com)

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

108 of 110 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a complete novice to fly fishing, I bought this book hoping that it would give me all the info I needed to get started. Unfortunately, it didn't.
I don't really understand what the author had in mind when writing this book - it's obviously targeted at the beginner/novice, but doesn't have nearly enough info in some areas to get a beginner going, and at the same time has lots of extraneous info that's of absolutely no use to a beginner.
Specifically, the section on casting is woefully insufficient for someone who's never cast a flyrod before (just a few pages) and there's absolutely no information at all on what to do after you're got your fly out there. Do you cast upstream or down? let it drift or retrieve it? how fast? How to fish dries vs. wets vs. streamers vs. nymphs? Nothing. Nada. Zero.
At the same time, the author devotes 60 pages to fly tying. Now I suppose that folks who get involved in flyfishing may want to start tying their own flies at some point, but is it really appropriate to have 60 pages of step-by-step instructions on how to tie 12 different flies in a book targeted towards folks who've never fly fished before?
Overall, I can't recommend this book to anyone - if you're a beginner it won't tell you what you need to know to get started, and if you're more experienced you already know 90% of what's in here.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
When I first started to flyfish back in the day, this was the only guide I had to get me started. Fortunately, it gave me the first step I needed to have the confidence to get out there and keep trying to catch bigger and better fish. A few years later I'm still flyfishing and rarely if ever get skunked. Over the years I've read endless amounts of articles, books, you name it, but this one covered everything I needed to know. To this day still haven't learned many other good tips that hadn't already been covered by Kaminsky. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to flyfish but doesn't quite got the hang of it yet.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joe on May 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of the Dummies series but found this one very disappointing. The author goes into excruciating detail about some peripheral parts of fly fishing, while completely glancing over some of the essentials.

Much of the content is anecdotal at best, to the point that it feels like the author is just trying to fill up pages. For instance, he devotes two entire pages to what kind of vest he thinks you should have, and the section on sunglasses is almost laughable. The chapter on "Great Rivers for Trout" across the US belongs in a niche guide and feels hopelessly out of place in a beginner book.

In the mean time, Kaminsky completely skims over the essentials. While there are plenty of lectures about why you should get a case for your rod, the section on casting feels like an afterthought. I find it difficult to believe that the author has ever tried to teach a beginner to cast, nor could any beginner (like myself) learn to cast from his brief explanation. Other areas that left we with a lot of questions include fly selection, how fly fishing is affected by the seasons, and actual fishing strategies and techniques.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By gZaller on July 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book does not tell you what you need to know to get started in fly fishing. Armed only with this book your initial enthusiasm will degrade into frustration. Fly fishing is a very knowledge and technique intensive sport and this book is very spotty here, although an enjoyable read. Try the L.L.Bean Fly-Fishing Handbook or some other book which gives you details on casting, strategies, and techniques and from there you will need to find a knowledgeable friend or guide to progress.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By xfgreyhund on July 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been fly fishing for just over a year and decided to pick up this book to get another opinion on choosing flies, on-stream techniques, equipment to make everything a bit easier. Unfortunately, this book did nothing to help. Even the section on tying knots was more hindering than helpful (and I already knew how to tie most of them!). I'm still on the search for a decent book, but let me tell you, it's definitely not this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William R. McNeill III on September 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is an OK overview of the sport but there are much better books out there. Fly Fishing (A Trailside Guide) by John Merwin is one. Merwin's book has extrememly colorful pictures that get you excited about fishing and the illustrations make it very easy to learn somewhat complicated knots. Fly Fishing for Dummies doesn't do a horrible job of explaining things but different books I've read do a much better job making it easier to learn and much more enjoyable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian-Santa Cruz on March 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I liked the book but found it to be a 'miss' on illustrations and specifics. For a Dummies book I expected there to be the maximum amount of examples on how to set up a new rod, real and leaders and tippets.

I am brand new to fly fishing. I have a full set up that needs to be rigged and I just did find the book to have a step-by-step area in the book to show you how and where you should tie you flies on your leaders/tippet. I think a section saying "So you bought a new rod, real, lines and flies and now you need to set it up to fish" would be a perfect chapter to add. Then the author can start breaking it down piece by piece and the myriad of options for tying and set up.

Overall it gives you the basic idea but I think the author may have lost the "you know nothing" perspective when writing this book. I do know more after reading it.
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