I recently read through Tom McCoy’s book How to Fly Fish for Trout: The First Book to Read.
It’s written for the beginning fly fisherman, and lays out the basics about as good as any book out there. It’s a great introduction that combines basic knowledge, and basic gear, to get you on the water and catching fish.
Question: Why another book on how to fly fish for trout?
Answer: Because all of the books out there offer too much information for a beginner. This is all you need to know to get started. If you are a guy or gal who just wants to try this sport and enjoy the little time you have to go fishing, this book will get you on the stream and catching fish sooner than the others. Besides, once you understand and, more importantly, experience what is offered here, all the other books will make much more sense.
For the most part, Tom has written an important primer for those jumping into fly fishing. Tom walks through some important aspects of fly fishing that are normally skipped over in books written for beginners, most notably, observation and the life cycle of flies. Both are important, and Tom does a great job of covering them before getting into the more technical beginnings of fly fishing.
Tom walks through casting, dry flies versus nymphing, leaders and tippet, knots and several other topics be present a good beginner’s manual. It’s well written and it flows nicely from topic to topic. The included imagery is a little boring, but that’s not what this book is for, so it gets a pass from me.
While this book was a little too basic for me, it still reinforced some of the basics that I tend to overlook after almost 10 years of fly fishing. Nonetheless, it’s a great starting point for someone new, which is exactly what Tom provides.
If you’re looking for a great beginner resource for fly fishing, pick up How to Fly Fish for Trout: The First Book to Read, and spend some time learning the basics. You can purchase this book via Amazon for $19.99 or get the Kindle version for $7.99. It’ll almost certainly help you get prepared for your first trip to the river.
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