Bass fishing (largemouth, primarily) is growing in popularity around the country; it is growing really fast in western states such as Colorado, Idaho, and Nebraska due to the accessibility (public water nearby), crowding of trout streams, and new cadre of anglers that prefer alternatives to trout. Jay Zimmerman features 18 cutting-edge patterns from around the country for largemouth and smallmouth bass, explains how to fish them, and has detailed tying steps. Because of how widespread bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted) are, this book should appeal to anglers around the country.
Smallmouth bass swim in lakes and rivers across the United States and Canada and are a premier fly-rod game fish in almost every way—they take flies readily, feed on diverse foods for a long period of time, tolerate higher water temperatures than trout, and fight harder than any other North American freshwater fish their size. This is the first book dedicated to the best modern flies for these fish that includes both detailed step-by-step tying instructions as well as top patterns and recipes for flies that cover the complete water column, from top to bottom. With over 500 full-color step-by-step images and 300 patterns by today’s top tiers from around the country, this book is the definitive resource for smallmouth bass.
Carp are the fly rodder's ultimate gamefish. This is the first comprehensive book on tying the best flies for carp, featuring patterns and techniques from anglers around the United States. With over 600 step-by-step photos and over 20 patterns by tiers ranging from Barry Reynolds to Bob Clouser to author Jay Zimmerman, including fishing information, this book is the definitive fly-tying resource for those who love the challenge of fooling carp on the fly.
“Who of all that go a-fishing will deny the feeling of a calm content and the glow of satisfaction consequent upon a creel a little heavier of a fish a little larger than that of his fellow-fisherman?” Over 120 years after its original publication, Mary Orvis Marbury’s Favorite Flies and Their Histories remains a hugely popular and reliable resource for fly-fishing enthusiasts. Marbury’s compilation of nineteenth-century patterns, fancy flies, and fishing theories led the way in standardizing fly patterns in North America, and remarkably, these century-old techniques continue to be cherished by pursuers of the modern sport. With information gathered from more than 200 fly-fishers and seasoned anglers across the United States and Canada, Favorite Flies and Their Histories details the stories, histories, and appearances of the most beloved and most successful flies in the sport. Marbury shares stories of over 300 lake, salmon, trout, and bass flies, divided by their geographic location and accompanied by a list of her fly-fishing correspondents. Her patterns are ornate, often beautiful, and always highly effective. Containing a wealth of photographs, engravings, and elaborate color plates, Favorite Flies and Their Histories is a must-have addition to any serious fly-fisher’s collection.
If you're anything like me, just hearing the words "bass fishing" evokes childhood memories of sweltering hot summers and brightly colored deer hair poppers. Like most "noobie" fly anglers, I cut my teeth catching largemouth bass. Unlike other freshwater species whose diet consists of minuscule bugs and worms, a largemouth can, and will, eat just about anything that hits the water. Although small baitfish, frogs, and lizards immediately come to mind, they will also consume small, mammals, birds, and even baby alligators (here in FL)!That being said, I did my best to select an assortment of proven patterns for this book that provided a wide array of menu options as well as teach you some fun and new tying techniques for creating your own unique creatures!The classic and contemporary largemouth bass patterns included in this book have a track record of success in a number of different conditions and fishing scenarios. Largemouth Bass Flies contains detailed step-by-step instructions for tying Leiser's Bass Angus, Mahler's StrawBoss, CJ's Freaky Frog, Chicone's King Rat, Pineapple Grenade Popper, Sunny Corleone Sunfish, and Carnivore Crayfish. 7 proven patterns for catching Largemouth Bass. This is a 199-page paperback, illustrated with ultra-hi resolution images.
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.
Lefty Kreh's Presenting the Fly details the most essential analysis in fly-fishing: how to get the right fly to the right fish, in the right way, at the right time. This vastly comprehensive, large-format volume explains the ways that shape, color, and weight of the fly can determine success under varying conditions.
As trout rivers become more crowded and tackle developed to handle larger flies (and larger fish) warmwater fly fishing is becoming more popular and is the new frontier in fly fishing. When the boat launches on the famous trout streams look like a mall parking lot, you can still find solitude on warm water rivers and lakes nearby that offer stellar fishing. Part of a new series of fly-fishing tactics books that cover key areas in detail, with clear, straightforward writing, Tactics for Bass and Other Warmwater Species covers techniques, rigs, and fly patterns for largemouth and smallmouth bass, panfish, pike, and other species common in lakes around the country.
“Pat Cohen of Super Fly is the modern-day hair master. So exceptional is his work that many of his fans consider his flies more art than tackle. . . . Not only is Pat Cohen the man when it comes to tying hair bugs, he’s also a leading expert on fishing them.” —Field & Stream After a lifetime of bass fishing and a decade of tying flies to catch them, Pat Cohen shares in Super Flies the abundance of tips, tactics, and fly recipes he has gathered in pursuing bass on the fly. In creating his own proprietary bass patterns, he has made smart design choices based on an understanding of the prey an angler might imitate in a particular presentation. He researched each food source to give insight into the flies he features from some of the best tiers in the world. He has divided the book into three main areas that feature: Topwater mice, frogs, birds, floating minnows, dragonflies, damsel flies, and hoppers Mid-column flies, including Spaghetti Cat, Fleeing Bucktail, and Manbearpig Bottom-dweller flies, including Shaggin’ Dragon, Mud Puppet, and Sulking Sculpin Techniques for fishing each type of fly And much more. Every fly in Super Fliescomes with a short description offering insight into how the creator recommends fishing it, and he offers additional step-by-step instructions for tying his original designs. Use Super Flies as a handy reference to expand your base knowledge of creative solutions for bass on the fly.
Fly-fishing in all its forms is the fastes-growing participatory field sport in the world. Whether you’re hoping to catch trout, tigerfish, yellowfish or queenfish, there is little to match the sheer joy of fishing with a fly rod. Whether you’re standing waist-deep in a raging river estuary fishing the saltwater, or wading slowly into the calm waters of an inland lake, the thrill of casting a perfect line is unmatched. Africa is one of the world’s most exciting fly-fishing destinations. Dedicated fly-fishers can be found casting their lines all over the continent – in steaming tropical rivers, in the vast lakes of the Great Rift Valley, in mountain streams, on golden beaches and in turbulent estuaries. Africa offers everything from well-fished and managed rivers and dams of South Africa and Kenya, to relatively unexposed and unknown destinations like the Bale Mountains in Ethiopia and the coastline of Madagascar. This completely revised, updated and full-colour edition of the African Fly-Fishing Handbook covers all aspects of fly-fishing on the African continent, and includes chapters on when and where to fly-fish in Africa, how to get started and what equipment to buy, casting and retrieving techniques, tactics and strategies, fresh- and saltwater fish, yellowfish, fish food forms and winning fly patterns. The most comprehensive book of its kind, it will be indispensable to both seasoned fly-fishers and those just starting out.