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Western Fly-Fishing Strategies Paperback – February 1, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592288464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592288465
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,561,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The wisdom in this exceptionally useful volume begins--where else?--at the beginning: "To know western trout water is to be successful on that water. Nowhere else must anglers use so many strategies on such a wide variety of water during so many weather conditions to be successful." Craig Mathews, besides authoring three books about fishing Yellowstone National Park, is a guide and fly-shop owner based in West Yellowstone, Montana, the hub of fly- fishing's Golden Triangle and perhaps the most famous trout-bumming region in the world. His resume, obviously, qualifies him to talk about fly-fishing in the American West--and if you want to catch fish left of the 100th meridian, you should listen. Mathews discusses all the great new equipment and tackle available to an angler (for a pretty penny), but the real meat on this catch is in the section on reading western waters and adapting to diverse, ever-shifting conditions. While the focus is on the author's home waters--the blue-ribbon rivers of the Northern Rockies where Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming meet--the tactics and insights pertain to the American West in general. The point throughout is that it takes study and practice to learn how to regularly outwit wily trout. After all, "Pure luck and successful angling seldom go hand in hand." --Langdon Cook, Sports & Outdoors editor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The big trout and the breathtaking scenery common to many western rivers intrigue anglers regardless of where they live. This guide offers advice aimed at helping fly fishers of all skill levels fish better on the rivers, lakes, and streams of eastern Idaho, Yellowstone Park, and western Montana. The clearly written, well-organized text, nicely complemented by Rod Walinchus' artwork, capably advises on such matters as choosing tackle, reading the water, casting, and dealing with windy days and autumnal weather. Mathews' proves a good-natured guide, counseling that success is more likely to come from attitude and practice than from fancy gear; he also peppers his advice with endearing anecdotes about angling friends and fishing dogs. Although the word western in the title is a bit of a misnomer--there is no coverage of California, the Pacific Northwest, or Colorado, all prime fishing sites--this timely, friendly, and sensible book is recommended for anglers who are heading for Idaho or Montana, either in person or from their armchairs. John Rowen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
2005 "Angler of the Year" as selected by "Fly Rod & Reel" Craig Mathews presents Western Fly-Fishing Strategies, a no-nonsense how-to guide for fly fishermen of all skill and experience levels. Written especially with Western waters in mind, Western Fly-Fishing Strategies covers fly-tying skills, the effects of weather and wind on Wester fishing, tips, tricks, and techniques, and numerous anecdotes told with the love and passion that only a true fisherman can express. Black-and-white photographs and an inset selection of color plates illustrate this conversational, easy-to-understand guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Adams on August 10, 2013
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Simply one of the best books on fishing Yellowstone National Park and western fly fishing in general. Mathews' writing style is relaxed, entertaining, and packed with humorous and insightful anecdotes from his years as a fisherman and guide in and around Yellowstone National Park.

My favorite part of this book is his writing style first and foremost. He writes in a conversational tone that avoids the dry, prescriptive tone that many fly fishing books take on. He writes as if he's leaning against the counter in the fly shop and giving you personal tips and stories to help make your fishing experience in Yellowstone more enjoyable. Although he covers waters outside Yellowstone, it's really the stories and information about the Park that really shine.

My second favorite part of this book is how Mathews provides valuable tips on fly pattens, techniques, and equipment in a simple, straightforward style. He doesn't over complicate fishing and makes it about presentation instead of the newest fly pattern, fly line, or reel that happens to hit the market. This is commendable and impressive from a fly shop owner and really speaks to his love of the sport and with helping people enjoy fishing rather than simply buying new overhyped gizmos. Well done!

Overall, this book will be a staple on my fly fishing library and I will reread it each winter as a prepare for the first spring hatches on my local waters. Great book.
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