"Instinctive Fly Fishing" is packed with friendly, practical advice for improving all aspects of your fishing game -- including your attitude." -- Paul Guernsey, Editor-in-Chief, Fly Rod and Reel
"Move over Ray Bergman, Charley Brooks, John Gierach, here comes Taylor Streit upriver waggling his literary fly rod with the best of them in a wonderful, easy-going and easy-reading book that is sure to find an honored place among the classics. Streit sidesteps the hooky-mooky, he circles dextrously around the convoluted, and he catches the reader constantly with the effortless flick of his magic prose. This is fly fishing as it should be: Simple, direct, humorous, and always right on the money. Instinctive Fly Fishing takes out all the stress, leaving behind pure pleasure. Anybody who reads this book can't fail to discover joy on any river...and catch plenty of fish to boot." -- John Nichols
" I have fished for trout with Taylor and it is true he instinctively knows where and how to find trout and what to do to catch them. He is uncanny!"
"Written in a lean, elegant (and humorous) style, Taylor Streit's Instinctive Fly Fishing contains more useful information -- word for word -- than any angling book I've ever read. I could have saved myself years of tripping and falling into rivers, cursing tangled lines, and puttingdown big fish if I had read this long ago. Okay, maybe not the tripping." - John Handey, author of Deep Thoughts
From the Back Cover
In fly fishing, as in life, the very simplest things are the most important, and the easiest to overlook. Taylor Streit, in this important new book, reveals what he has learned in more than twenty-five years of guiding fly-fishing trips.
Streit has witnessed thousands of clients catch trout over the years, and their successes and failures often boil down to a few elementary rules: keep the sun at your back; keep your silhouette off the water; keep your fly in productive water; think like a predator, and so on.
With an almost Zen-like scrutiny, Streit discusses his distilled techniques for fishing pressured trout. He looks into what separates the beginner from the expert caster, and dissects the mechanics of the perfect strike.
Other chapters include Streit's novel approaches to: nymph and dry-fly fishing; proper casting strokes; dealing with slack; bluegills and bobbers; reading water; riffles; eddy fishing; hiring a guide; fighting fish; wading; catch and release; using maps to find good angling opportunities; fishing with kids; and much more.
The result is a refreshing take on how simple this complex sport really is.