Simple Fly Fishing

Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel
First Edition

Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews,
Mauro Mazzo

Simple Fly Fishing

From the dust jacket flap: "Modern-day fishing, like much in life, has become exceedingly complex, with high-tech gear, a confusing array of flies and terminal tackle, accompanied by high-priced fishing guides. This book reveals that the best way to catch trout is simply, with a rod and a fly and not much else.

The wisdom in the book comes from a simpler time, when the premise was: the more you know the less you need. It teaches the reader how to discover where the fish are, at what depth, and what they are feeding on. Then it describes the techniques needed to present a fly at that depth, made to look lifelike, and hook the fish. With chapters on wet flies, nymphs, and dry flies its authors employ both the tenkara rod as well as regular fly fishing gear to cover all the bases.

With paintings by reknowed artist James Prosek, technical illustrations, and inspiring photographs and stories throughout, Simple Fly Fishing reveals the secrets and the soul of this captivating sport."

When the Simple Fly Fishing was first released, tenkara anglers were excited that someone as famous as Yvon Chouinard had not only taken up their sport but had written a book about it. They soon became disappointed because the book really isn't about tenkara. It is about exactly what the title says: Simple Fly Fishing - Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel.

Patagonia Books 2014
Paperback, 144 pages
11 1/4 x 8 1/2 in.

As new condition.




Chapter 1:  Trout and Their Food

Chapter 2:  Fly Fishing with Wet Flies and Streamers

Chapter 3:  Fly Fishing with Nymphs

Chapter 4:  Fly Fishing with Dry Flies

Chapter 5:  Fishing Situations


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