General & Beginner Fly Fishing Books
Fly fishing is a relatively simple sport once you pick up on the basics. Unfortunately, there at times seems to be a heck of a lot of basics - all of which can seem overwhelming to the beginner angler. As such, anyone new to fly fishing is well advised to pick up one or more of the fly fishing books shown below. These books, which have been developed primarily for beginner anglers, can substantially help any person new to fly fishing to understand the gear that is used, how to use the gear, learn what trout eat, where to find trout, and much more.
Each of the introductory fly fishing books shown below are all good books. The main difference is how they are written and how much depth they go into. But all of them can provide a new angler with a solid foundation in the sport of fly fishing.
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|1001 Fly-fishing Tips: Expert Advice, Hints, and Shortcuts from the World's Leading Fly-fishers : Reading this one-of-a-kind collection of practical advice is like taking a fising trip across the country with over twenty-five of the world's fly-fishing experts. Over 1,001 of the best fly-fishing tips compiled by the former managing editor of Fly Fisherman magazine cover essentials from trout to tarpon, such as: casting with Lefty Kreh, matching the hatch with Charlie Meck, taking great fish photos with Barry and Cathy Beck, mastering mayflies with John Barr, catching selective trout with Mike Lawson, West Coast stripers with Dan Blanton, steelhead secrets with Lani Waller, and Spey casting with Simon Gawesworth. With clear, use-to-use format, 160 illustrations from renowned artist Dave Hall, and encyclopedic coverage of almost everything that's important to know about fresh and saltwater fly fishing, this book is sure to help beginners and experts alike catch more fish.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|Fishing Tandem Flies: Tactics, Techniques, and Rigs to Catch More Trout : Angling legend Charles Meck covers tandems top to bottom with his favorite flies for matching hatches, as well as tried-and-true patterns for drumming up fish during summer doldrums and other tough conditions. In the first book devoted entirely to fishing more than one fly at once, Meck discusses 7 of the most effective rigs and the best times to use them, including detailed steps showing how to tie his new looped-leader series of flies. Artist Dave Hall provides clear illustrations of the different connections and fishing techniques.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fly Fishing : From understanding how to "read" fish to devising strategies for stream, river, and dam fishing to creating and casting flies, the updated Complete Idiot’s Guide‚ to Fly Fishing offers both beginning and seasoned fishing buffs a comprehensive overview of this specialized sport. Book has photographs, illustrations, and detailed instructions on casting and fly tying technique; updated coverage of technology and equipment including rods, reels, and line materials; tips on preparing for a fly fishing trip.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing : Written by unquestioned experts in the field, this book is divided into four essential parts--General Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing for Bass, Fly Casting, and Fly Tying--and covers each with in-depth analysis in clear, easy-to-follow language. Learn about assembly of fly tackle; the biology of fish; natural fish foods and how to imitate them; safety techniques; bass flies; where to find bass; the eleven habits of highly effective fly casters; the basic four-part cast; the roll cast; the basics of fly tying; types of flies; the top ten most popular and successful fly patterns; and much more.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide : Now for the first time in full color, The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide appears in a completely revised and updated edition that solidifies its place as the flagship title of the Orvis books. A best-selling, fully illustrated, and comprehensive book, this large-format volume has been required reading for every angler for the past two decades. A superb book for new and intermediate anglers that covers all facets of fly fishing. Highly recommended.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing: 101 Tips for the Absolute Beginner : This book, by America's oldest fishing tackle business, offers beginners a chance to learn the fundamentals of the great sport of fly fishing quickly and easily. Proven teaching methods and bright, helpful illustrations will enable new fly fishers to find fish in streams, lakes, and salt water; select and assemble proper, balanced tackle; cast a fly line with authority; recognize and simulate natural fish foods and tie effective knots.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|The Orvis Guide to Prospecting for Trout: How to Catch Fish When There's No Hatch to Match : In this comprehensive and readable guide, Tom Rosenbauer shares his vast knowledge of fly fishing when there is no hatch. Written for both the novice and the seasoned angler, The Orvis Guide to Prospecting for Trout, New and Revised explores how trout live and feed, and how to make them strike, with a thoroughly updated text that addresses state-of-the-art approaches, and all new color photography. There is expert advice on how to fish with dry flies, wet flies, nymphs, and streamers—supported by many detailed illustrations and photos.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|The Orvis Guide To Reading Trout Streams : The Orvis Guide to Reading Trout Streams is a complete guide to where trout live and feed in a stream. By learning to predict where trout will be, fishermen can cast effectively and wade confidently without spooking trout into cover. Perceptive and practical chapters include "A Trout's World," "Currents and Rocks," "Pools," and "Riffles, Runs, and Bends." Also included are sections on seasonal and daily changes, various approaches, and the differences among species of trout and between big and little rivers. Graced with dozens of helpful schematic drawings by Jim Sulham and more than seventy-five revealing photographs, this book will give all trout fishermen a more coherent understanding of the waters they fish.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|The Orvis Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing : The gentle sport of fly fishing changes in saltwater. Plunging surf, rip currents, salt spray, double-hauls into an on-shore howler. Saltwater fish are bigger, stronger, and faster than their fresh-water cousins, and a few might consider you prey instead of the other way around. The gentle sport becomes the wild sport. One thing's for sure - this ain't no trout stream.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|The Orvis Pocket Guide to Nymphing Techniques: Flies, Indicators, and Strategies : The Orvis Pocket Guide to Nymphing Techniques includes everything a beginner needs to begin catching trout on subsurface flies right away. But it's not just for novices. It also offers the latest techniques and tips on rigging for nymphs, imitating subsurface insects, special casts, and how to fish each type of water with these deadly flies. An accomplished nymph fisher can catch trout all day long in all seasons, not just when aquatic insects are hatching. With many illustrative line drawings and color photographs, this is a handbook that will help all fly fishers to achieve greater success.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|The Orvis Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing: Secrets from the Orvis Experts : THE ORVIS ULTIMATE BOOK OF FLY FISHING is a grand tour of the world of fly-fishing strategies and techniques, from Orvis's world-famous team of experts and advisors. In large format with rich and helpful color photos and drawings, the book covers everything from basic fishing knots and casts to expert techniques you won't see in standard books. Besides trout technique and secrets for rivers and lakes, the book also covers the worlds of fly fishing for bonefish, striped bass, permit, bluefish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and steelhead.    Buy at Amazon.Com|
|The Orvis Vest Pocket Guide to Leaders, Knots, and Tippets : Knots, connections, and choices for leaders and tippets -- and all the knots a fresh- and saltwater fly fisher will need. With its numerous, easy-to-follow diagrams, The Orvis Vest Pocket Guide to Leaders, Knots, and Tippets offers proper instruction for tying correctly the most useful and effective knots in fly fishing; constructing strong leaders that cast smoothly; understanding knot and tippet breaking strength and selecting tippets for various fish species and flies.    Buy at Amazon.Com|