Here fishing guide and fly designer Henry Cowen shares decades of hard-earned knowledge of stripers for the first time. Learn about the species, its food, and where and how to find them, so you can land far more and bigger stripers. Knowing where and how to find stripers is key, and Cowen offers proven techniques for locating fish in both reservoirs and rivers, including water temperature, seasonal patterns, weather patterns, locating the bait, water clarity, and wildlife and how it can help anglers. The popularity of fishing for striped bass in freshwater is growing quickly, especially as global warming allows the fish to live in waters that used to be too cold. This is the first major book on the subject, one that is sure to be part of a big trend among fly fishers. Cowen carefully outlines fishing tactics, along with detailed photographs of the steps involved, covering: Retrieving a striper Fishing a point, uphill and downhill Working a topwater fly (constant retrieve) Hooking a fish (strip strike) Fishing a hump Fishing a saddle or blow-through Fishing a breakwater Using the countdown method Fishing a deep hole in a river Fishing a creek in a river And much more! Cowen also takes a close look at freshwater striped bass, explaining how natural and stocked fisheries are managed as well as the difference between the various species. Along with help choosing equipment and some notes on wading tactics, anglers will have everything they need to improve their fishing techniques or make a start on this popular all-American outdoor sport.
Warmwater fly fishing is growing in popularity among fly fishermen. Species such as bass (largemouth and small mouth), sunfish, perch, and even carp now demand an increasingly large portion of our attention. The American Angler Guide to Warmwater Fly Fishing will be a quick and succinct handbook, presenting only the essentials of this growing aspect of our sport. A quick, demystifying read, the beginning and intermediate angler will find everything they need to know in this slim, smart volume. The table of contents will contain, as a start, the rudiments of casting technique, gear selection, a survey of various warmwater species and their habitats, and finally an overview of prime destinations for planning your trip. Forty to fifty color photographs will accompany the text. Original illustrations by Robert Prince.
Striped bass - in fresh and salt water - are one of the world's greatest gamefish, and The Complete Book of Striped Bass Fishing is the fullest, most authoritative, most helpful book ever written on the species. Nick Karas, one of the world's great experts on the striped bass, offers proven techniques for more successful fishing. He details fishing from the surf; from boats; from bank, pier, jetty, and bridge - with all kinds of tackle and methods. And he takes an especially careful look at the growing popularity of fly rodding for stripers, fishing at night, and even how to catch striped bass in fresh water. An entire section of the book is devoted to tackle - where he takes a thorough look at the best rods, reels, lines, hooks, live and natural baits, artificial lures, accessory equipment of all kinds, bass boats, and the most innovative and practical beach vehicles. The Complete Book of Striped Bass Fishing offers a comprehensive look at every aspect of the striped bass, making it a book that no one who fishes for this great gamefish will want to be without, and the essential book for all striped-bass enthusiasts. Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for fishermen. Our books for anglers include titles that focus on fly fishing, bait fishing, fly-casting, spin casting, deep sea fishing, and surf fishing. Our books offer both practical advice on tackle, techniques, knots, and more, as well as lyrical prose on fishing for bass, trout, salmon, crappie, baitfish, catfish, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
From rods to reels, fly lines to tippets, fishing hats to hip boots, this guide covers everything an angler will need before heading to the water. If your favorite way to spend the day is stepping into a mountain stream—fly fishing gear in hand—to match wits with an elusive rainbow trout, The Orvis Encyclopedia of Fly Fishing is the perfect companion. Ideal for newcomers looking to get their feet wet, as well as for seasoned fisherman who need a reliable reference, this A to Z guide unlocks the mysteries of the sport, including answers to questions such as: Where in Montana will I find the best fly fishing for mountain whitefish? (“Montana,” page 136) What kind of fish bite at night? (“Night Fishing,” page 176) Which European country has the best fly fishing? (“Scotland,” page 235) Can I catch a shark on a fly rod? (“Sharks,” page 240) What’s the difference between a Bucktail, a Featherwing Streamer, and a Woolly Bugger? (“Streamers,” page 251) Written by Tom Rosenbauer, a top instructor at the Orvis Fly Fishing School, and loaded with stunning full-color photographs and clear illustrations of step-by-step techniques, The Orvis Encyclopedia of Fly Fishing serves as a comprehensive course in the fundamentals of the sport.
The amazing resurgence of the East Coast's premier saltwater gamefish has sent hundreds of thousands of anglers in search of their fathers' and grandfathers' favorite quarry: the magnificent striped bass. But the best tools and techniques have changed since the striped bass was nearly wiped out, and anyone who has a hope of catching it must know this fish's many unique characteristics and habits. In The Ultimate Guide to Striped Bass Fishing, noted angler and author Eric Burnley has compiled everything any angler needs to know to be successful at catching this wonderful fish. Burnley starts with the biology of the fish itself--its life cycle, migratory patterns up and down the seacoast, the baitfish and other foods it prefers, and the underwater structures anglers must learn to find monster stripers. He then addresses in exacting detail every possible way the sport angler can catch stripers, including: * Spin casting around inshore structures from shore or boat * Fly-fishing casts, retrieves, and special techniques * Bait fishing from shore or boat with baitfish, shrimp, sandworms, eels, clams, and chum * Trolling tackle, depths, direction, tide, and time of day * Surfcasting tools, tips, and techniques He also tells where to fish and when, gives detailed instruction on appropriate tackle and must-know knots, and instructs on invaluable rigs and the conditions where they are most successful. With comprehensible, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, dozens of clear illustrations, and years of experience as a master fisherman, Burnley's Ultimate Guide of Striped Bass Fishing is sure to be the first place for striped-bass anglers to look, and the last word on the subject.
With colorful, concise, and easy-to-follow illustrations, The L.L. Bean Fly-Fishing Handbook offers a fun introduction to the sport. This friendly volume coaches readers on the basics of fly-casting and assembly of tackle without demanding that the reader invest tons of time and money. The goal here is getting started, and this useful, portable book won't sit on the shelf—it's meant to be taken outdoors for easy consultation. Author Dave Whitlock covers the foods fish eat and how to imitate those foods, details the necessary fly assortment for novices, and provides a useful glossary. Chapters added in this edition include approaches to saltwater fish species, ethics and sportsmanship, and methods for fishing from boats and float tubes.
The name Curcione is synonymous with professional saltwater fly fishing. Through the salt scene of the 1980s and 1990s, Nick Curcione developed and wrote about flies and methods that changed the way people fished inshore and off shore. Curcione shared the water with many of the great veteran fly rodders of his time, and that collected experience and knowledge enrich this book. The coastal angler who chases striped bass, albacore and various tunas, sea trout, yellowtail, tarpon, and many other species will find all the guidance he needs in these chapters.
Lefty Kreh’s original edition of Fly Fishing in Salt Water pioneered a new territory for fly fishers. With over thirty thousand copies sold and the content fully updated, revised, and expanded, this third edition is the saltwater fly fisher’s bible, based on firsthand experience by an acknowledged master. In clear, practical terms and with helpful photographs and line drawings, Lefty Kreh's Fly Fishing in Salt Water treats the techniques needed to catch all the major saltwater species—bonefish, tarpon, striped bass, bluefish, salmon, permit, snook, sharks, cobia, tuna, billfish, and more. The book shows how to fish from boats and how to wade the flats, and fully explains all the tackle needed and how to use it for specific jobs—the rods, the lines and leaders, and the flies (shown in full color). Lefty provides superb advice about how to make the long casts necessary for fishing the fly in salt water, how to "tease" sailfish and other large fish to within fly-casting range, how to chum, and how to tie the necessary knots for saltwater fishing. Chapter topics include Knots and Leaders, Flies, Tackle, Inshore Fly Fishing, and Boats.
Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing segments in the sport of fly fishing. In addition to getting you away from the bank and to unpressured water, they are stealthy, easily transported and stored, and modern boats offer a plethora of options for fresh- and saltwater anglers. This complete guide to fly fishing from a kayak thoroughly covers techniques, tackle, choosing the right boat and how to rig it, and strategies. Fishing pros featured include Pat Cohen (upstate New York), Chris LeMessurier (Michigan), Juan Veruete (Pennsylvania), Drew Haerer, Brian Cadoret (Vermont), Casey Brunning (Louisiana), Conway Bowman (California)
If you have ever fished in still water and wondered what fishing the currents of rivers and surf would be like, or if you’ve never fished at all but want to start surf or wade fishing, then Fly-Fishing the Surf is for you. Experienced fly-fisherman Angelo Peluso reveals his secrets for navigating the surf, reading the water, and catching stripers in any situation. Fly-Fishing the Surf is a comprehensive and essential volume dedicated to surf and wade fishing along the entirety of the East Coast, from the rugged Maine coastline to Florida’s tropical flats. This book opens up the prolific world of fly-fishing the surf to seasoned and aspiring anglers and demonstrates the enormous promise this form of angling can offer anglers of all skill levels. A wealth of content, photographs, and images help to explore the waters of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic states, and the southeast as the book guides anglers to discover a veritable gold mine of game fish and fly-fishing opportunities. Fly-Fishing the Surf covers all aspects of tackle, techniques, strategies, game fish and baitfish, flies, and destinations. It will become an invaluable addition to your arsenal of fly-fishing tackle and gear.
The Orvis Book of Family Friendly Fly Fishing Like all sports, the fun of fly-fishing lies in sharing the experience and in spending time with those closest to you. And yet for a father unsure how to connect with his bored, PlayStation-dazed kids, for a beginning fisherman who doesn’t want to learn casting techniques by himself, for a mother who would love to show her children the outdoors but isn’t quite sure how to begin, it can be a frustrating and intimidating business. From one of the most trusted brands in the industry, and from one of the sport’s most esteemed authors, The Orvis Guide to Family-Friendly Fly-Fishing by Tom Rosenbauer will take the mystery out of sharing the experience. Rosenbauer provides instructional guidance, discusses the nuts and bolts of casting, fly choice, and technique, and opens the lens to discuss family-friendly destinations, gear, schools, safety, and more. Rosenbauer brings his expertise to bear on perhaps the most essential skill set of all—introducing the people closest to you to your beloved sport. Tom Rosenbauer, host of the Orvis Fly Fishing Podcasts, has been with the Orvis Company over 30 years. Rosenbauer is Fly Rod & Reel magazine's 2011 Angler of the Year and author of The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, one of the best-selling fly-fishing books ever.