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Product Details

  • Series: L. L. Bean
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159228891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592288915
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The publication is packed with instruction and pictures to supplement learning. It leaves nothing unanswered."--Las Vegas Review-Journal

From the Back Cover

The Lyons Press is proud to introduce The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing, an exciting full-color book for beginning and expert fly anglers alike. Brought to you in conjunction with L.L. Bean, America's most trusted name in outdoor apparel, and written by unquestioned experts in the field, this book is divided into four essential parts-General Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing for Bass, Fly Casting, and Fly Tying-and covers each with in-depth analysis in clear, easy-to-follow language. Learn about assembly of fly tackle; the biology of fish; natural fish foods and how to imitate them; safety techniques; bass flies; where to find bass; the eleven habits of highly effective fly casters; the basic four-part cast; the roll cast; the basics of fly tying; types of flies; the top ten most popular and successful fly patterns; and much more.The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing is the perfect gift for seasoned anglers looking to improve their skills, novices picking up a fly rod for the first time, or all those who have ever dreamed of trading in their suits for a pair of waders.

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It is very informative and has good illustrations.
Will Ferris
My husband had me to order this book for him and he is very please with the purchase.
Lisa H. Hodge
In my novice experience, this is the best beginner's guide to fly fishing.
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80 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
In my novice experience, this is the best beginner's guide to fly fishing. I had ordered the Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide together with this book and in comparison I have to say that L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing is the better one. This book provides a much better introduction to fly fishing to novices like me, beginning from the basics. Although advanced fly fishers would probably be bored by the chapters that introduce the uninitiated to this sport/pastime, teaching them the bones, so to speak, I am sure this book has a lot of wisdom to impart to all enthusiasts.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Reader from the North on December 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a composite of three previously published L. L Bean guides: fly-fishing, casting, and fly tying. The first part is Whitlock's book on fly-fishing and is one of the best (the other being Rosenbauer's Orvis book) introductions to the sport of fly fishing. The Whitlock illustrations are always great, and the information is top-notch. You will find out everything you need from fly lines to fly rods to knots to basic flies.

Add the other two parts and this is an excellent overall view of all three areas. Because of the comprehensive approach, it is one of the best "how to" books on fly-fishing available.

Don't be fooled by the "L.L.Bean" title--the book does not promote their products. It is a top-rated introduction to fly fishing, casting, and tying.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey L. Schronce on August 10, 2009
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This book was much more informative to a new trout fisherman than the Amazon recommended 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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Antonio Farias on August 5, 2009
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I just started fly fishing and this book has proved to be an excellent buy. recommend that anyone interested in the sport first invest in themselves by taking a lesson from a professional fly fishing instructor (i found mine on craigslist in Houston - Robert Logan - highly recommend him). after you take a basic lesson, this book makes a lot of sense and provides you with indepth science of fly fishing as well as insane amount of pictures, drawings, and step by step instructions on how to do it all - from soup to nuts. does do a very light sell on LL Bean products/services, but nothing overbearing or too in your face.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cliente de Amazon on December 18, 2012
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Basically, is a three sections book: General aspects of fly fishing, casting techniques, and fly tying. The three of them are quite good, but I think that an "ultimate" guide should include more info on presentation and fishing the different types of flies. In my book, that is a 4 stars book. But, it also happens that there are some discrepancies between the casting basics presented in the first section, and the ones presented at the second section, devoted to casting (for example, the role of the wrist's while casting).
I should say, it is a decent book, but has a lot of room for improvement.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Litefever on December 19, 2010
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A great primer for novice and intermediate fly fishers. It uses a wealth of color illustrations and photographs to back up well written, concise tutorials of how to setup your tackle, tie knots, cast flies, etcetera. Each tutorial includes clear explanations of why the authors recommend a particular approach and in many instances time lapse photographs of both well and poorly implemented casts with explanations of the problem(s) at the root of each poor cast and recommendations of how to fix them. The tutorials cover a wide variety of casting methods (all the way up to the double haul) with explanations of when you will most likely want to use each one. Of the half dozen or so fly fishing books I've read to date none compare to this one when it comes to teaching casting and providing insights that allow you to quickly realize what you are probably doing wrong on an off day.

The second half of the book deals with fly tying. This section may be of less interest to a novice but is also well written and provides a useful introduction to the subject. I suspect most readers will quickly outgrow this section once they start to tie their own flies but it helps you to start without buying another book.

To describe this as an "ultimate book of fly fishing" stretches the truth but it is a very, very good one for anyone who is new to the sport or who is looking to improve their casting technique(s).

Highly recommended for anyone considering fly fishing (there are well reasoned recommendations for equipment for a variety of fish) and those who want to cast like a pro.
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