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Old 08-28-2011, 10:30 AM
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Default Best book for a beginner.

If you could only choose one book for the beginner fly fisherman to read, which one would it be? "The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing" seems to be the one recommended a lot via the internet, but I figured I'd ask everyone here.
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Before I started back in the 1970's, I read a small paperback put out by Fenwick. A lot of books have come and gone since than and I guess that they all have something to offer. Matching the Hatch and Tactics on Trout are 2 favorites of mine.
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If we aren't talking too young, say 13-16yrs. "Curtis creek manifesto" by Sheridan Anderson.
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If we aren't talking too young, say 13-16yrs. "Curtis creek manifesto" by Sheridan Anderson.
Yup. That and The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing are very good starter books. The Orvis guide you might find yourself referring to well after you lose beginner status.
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If we aren't talking too young, say 13-16yrs. "Curtis creek manifesto" by Sheridan Anderson.
Oh I'm talking about the 35 year old range...myself. I just bought the Orivs Beginning Fly Fishing book. So far, real good.
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My fiancee bought the Orvis guide for Kindle and we have both been reading that. Otherwise I just read the forum a lot
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For me it was "The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing". I found it helpful and easy to understand. Not as much as hands on help with an instructor, but helpful none the less.
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I wouldnt call it the bible of fishing but I have Sight Fishing for Trout by Landon Mayer and it is really good in helping you understand tactics around where fish lay and how to approach for best results.
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A good starter book should cover all aspects of the sport... basic knots and rigging, gear, casting, different species, warm, cold and salt water, reading the water and so on. I mean, there's little use of reading water and matching hatches if you're using a fly tied directly to a mismatched fly line!
It should paint a broad brush and step aside for the readers area of personal interest. The Manefesto and Orvis Guide do just that.
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Yup at ya...
The manifesto is entertaining for grown-up folks too.
Maybe not the intro to modern flyfishing, but a grounding, in the sport, and sneaking up on trout..
Mayer is workable too.
Essence of flycasting by Mel Kreiger, will get you past the cast in good shape (DVD too).
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