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Wet Flies: Tying and Fishing Soft-Hackles, Winged and Wingless Wets, and Fuzzy Nymphs Hardcover – March 24, 1995
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The history of fly-fishing begins with wet flies, but in this country wets haven't made much headway against the popularity of dries. One reason is that they often imitate adult insects, which appear mostly on or above the surface of the water; another is that they have been fished wrongly. With three decades of fishing experience and coursework in aquatic entymology, plus leading workshops across the country and writing four books on fly fishing tactics, Hughes (Fly Fishing Basics, Stackpole, 1994) here does what he values in others: instructs and enthuses. He explains subsurface insect behavior, extensively covers fishing literature and history, presents detailed instruction on materials and tying, and teaches presentation-all with numerous photos, drawings, and 24 pages of color plates (not seen by this reviewer). Carefully researched and well written, this volume should be useful to all fly fishers and the libraries serving them.
Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Dave Hughes is a highly respected fly-fishing writer with more than two dozen books in print, including Trout from Small Streams: 2nd Edition, Handbook of Hatches: 2nd Edition, and Trout Flies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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A "must own" for anyone interested in this method of fly fishing IMO.
It's a superb book, not only because it teach you how to tie this flies, it also teach you how to fish them!
A pleasure to read, lots of insight in Dave Huges own experience.
I only wish I had gotten a physical version, or had a kindle fire. The book's pictures do not show up well on the basic kindle, and while not wholly necessary it would be nice to get an idea of the right colors for the wet fly bodies. Overall I enjoyed the book a great deal.