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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Headwater Books; First Edition edition (December 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979346061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979346064
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lani Waller has pursued steelhead for over four decades and is considered one of the foremost experts on trophy British Columbia steelhead. He was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame in 1997. He lives in Novato, California.

Photographer Ken Morrish is chief operating officer of Fly Water Travel in Ashland, Oregon, and his photography and writing is featured in numerous publications, including Patagonia, Outside, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod and Reel, and Northwest Fly Fishing.

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If you can stop looking at the great pics, you'll find this book provides great basic info...highly entertaining.
k-dub
That helps you understand why steelhead react like they do, makes you think like one, and will let you know how to present your fly according to the given situation.
Rinaldi Nils
This is a passionate book that really tells you there is more to fly-fishing then just catching fish, enjoy the journey, care for the species.
Robbie Bloom

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Bloom on March 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the new "Holy Grail" of steel head fishing. Written and documented in a way that all fly fisherman will understand and relate to. Lani Waller is a great story teller and his life experiences on rivers can not be replaced. This is a passionate book that really tells you there is more to fly-fishing then just catching fish, enjoy the journey, care for the species.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rinaldi Nils on February 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Here comes a unique book about steelhead fly-fishing, written by a man who has dedicated his life to that anadromous fish so special to many of us. Lani Waller is not only a great angler; he is also a fantastic story teller and poet. His words are genuine; they surface naturally from a philosophy of life that he has built over the years along the rivers of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, to name a few. Many of Lani's tales emerge from his many hours spent in the Skeena River basin, the Mecca of steelheading, and more precisely on the Babine River, so dear to him, and where he almost lost his life.

In this book, Lani goes through all interesting aspects of our sport: gear, tackle, flies, techniques, and more importantly how to read the water and how to present your fly to the fish. There is especially a very interesting section about why a steelhead takes a fly. That helps you understand why steelhead react like they do, makes you think like one, and will let you know how to present your fly according to the given situation.

Bob Hooton's section about the biology of the fish at the beginning of the book was an eye opener to me; I learned a great deal about the steelhead's life cycle that I didn't had a clue about before, and I found it very enriching and original in such a book. Lani's last section about conservation is also of prime importance in this book. We do need to act now in order to keep up the nature's resources to their vital levels; otherwise we will soon speak about the steelhead as a species of the past. Do we want to tell our grand-children stories about such a majestic creature that is no longer of this planet?

The book is illustrated with beautiful photographs taken by Ken Morrish, who has a gift for photo composition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Wickwire on February 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Waller really did gave us his all this time! In Steelheaders Way Lani gives his readers privy to every conceivable strategy and technique from his vast knowledge base. Nothing is held back. The reader has it all along with outstanding photography by Ken Morrish and detailed illustrations of precise movements of your fly line. You would never need another book of this type.

Babine Bob
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By k-dub on February 26, 2009
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If you can stop looking at the great pics, you'll find this book provides great basic info...highly entertaining.
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By colin nolan on April 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
this book goes over finding locations reading water, tackle equipment an nerves necessary to chase these amazing fish. all while telling you a fishing story. Great book with sum really cool photos to put you on the river.
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By Jyrki Hoisko on January 22, 2013
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If you are looking for a comprehensive book about steelhead fishing, then this may not be the best book for that.

If you have enjoyed Lani's videos, then this book nicely complements those. However, personally, I felt a bit disappointed about this book since it didn't give me definitive tools or answers how to effectively do steelhead fishing. Then again - there really isn't one, since there are so many things affecting steelhead behavior. In the end of the day, I have enjoyed reading this book but I can't help it thinking what if I had ordered "Complete Steelheader" instead?
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By Greg on August 28, 2011
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A great book for anysteelheader. There is great writing and great fish photos. It is the best book written for steelheading.
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