Tactics for fishing high country lakes, the conflicting currents of high mountain streams, and the ever-changing waters of beaver ponds Cutthroats, brook trout, goldens, rainbows, grayling The best weather and seasons to fish and the tackle and flies to take into the high country "The mountains--any mountains--can make you pay for your fishing with time, shoe leather, exertion, and even disappointment. But they usually give back more than they take in terms of solitude and a sense of adventure that you just won't find on more civilized waters." --John Gierach Fly-fishing in scenic and remote mountain waters is a special kind of fishing, explored in depth by veteran fly fisher John Gierach. Along with Fly Fishing Small Streams (0-8117-2290-2), this guide, Gierach's first book, now in print with Stackpole Books, explains how to find the best waters and how to fish them to the best advantage.
Reflections on Rivers, Fly Fishing & Related Addictions
Author: Bob Saile
Publisher: Pruett Publishing
Category: Sports & Recreation
After more than 25 years as Outdoor Editor of the Denver Post, Bob Saile has countless opinions and stories to share on the allure and adventure of trout streams and fly fishing. He serves up a compelling collection, with most of the essays set in the West. This is trout country -- the fish, the flies, the people, and the places. In his essay "Heavy Hitters, " Saile recalls as a boy reading an article by Joe Brooks about catching a brown trout on southwestern Montana's Big Hole River. For Saile, it was as if he was there. He experienced landing the trout as well as feeling a kinship with the writer. You will get the same feeling reading this lively collection which takes the reader from the South Platte to the Gunnison to the Pacific Northwest and the wilds of Alaska. "The fight carries out into the main current and the brown jumps, in that wild absolutely reckless way that browns have early in the fight, and I see it is a rather modest-size fish, maybe 13 inches.It looks good, though. Really good. Moments later, I have its black-and-red spotted side flashing back at me in the glint of water-reflected sunlight, and I extract the fly from the top jaw and slide the fish out of my hand into the flow. The first surface-take trout of the summer is in the books, and this pleases me. The rest will be in the gravy category now. And I know there will be more t come, because the river and the day have that look, that feel." The essays range from describing a bracing morning of ice fishing in Colorado, to the thrill of stalking an Alaskan salmon, to thoughts on fish management and its attendant bureaucracy. In Saile's conversations with other anglers, some well known, some not, but all of whom teach the author something about fishing and himself. If you care about rivers, trout, salmon, steelhead and fishing in general,this veteran writer and angler makes for a fascinating companion. For Saile,"the core difference between those who don't fish and those of us who do is as simple as this: We who do fish are especially blessed."
A moving collection of fishing stories by one of America’s legendary outdoor writers. Throughout his career, Harry Middleton contributed hundreds of stories, essays, and book reviews to some of the most respected periodicals, including the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and Field & Stream, among others. When he died in 1993, Middleton left behind a legacy rich with mountain streams, wild trout, and fishermen’s dreams. In That Sweet Country is a fresh, exhilarating collection of a renowned fishing writer’s previously published works. A recognized name in outdoor writing, Middleton brings us inspiring selections such as “An Angler’s Lament” from Southern Living (1987), “Spring on the Miramichi” from The Flyfisher (1991), “A Haunting Obsession with Brown Trout” from the New York Times (1992), and many more. Readers who love Middleton’s work will cherish this compilation, while novice fishermen will gain a view of the world as Middleton saw it: “There are so few left, so few who believe the earth is enough.” 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.
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.
The best places and times to fish Detailed maps and hatch charts plus top producing fly patterns with recipes Local guides, outfitters, and other experts on techniques and tackle, including Pat Dorsey, John Barr, Will Sands, Steve Henderson, Bill Edrington, Larry Kingery, Jackson Streit, Ed Engle, and more
Harry and Donna started fly fishing for trout over 45 years ago, first in the area around West Yellowstone, Montana, then for tarpon and bonefish around Islamorada in the Florida Keys, and finally for bonefish in the Bahamas. He learned to cast from some of the best casters and teachers, and then developed his own views about fly casting which emphasized accuracy and speed of delivery. He uses his experiences in the West, Florida Keys, and the Bahamas to help fly fisher people to catch more trout, bonefish, and tarpon.
Colorado's high elevation offers spectacular, often tremendous fishing that is more often relayed via rumor than reliable report. But in the Flyfisher's Guide to Colorado's Lost Lakes and Secret Places, veteran angler Mike Kephart gives you the scoop on which Colorado mountain and wilderness lakes and creeks fish well, how to get there, the difficulty of access, and what you can expect to catch. These largely untapped fisheries can be off the table to anglers who can't invest the time and effort required to access them only to find poor fishing. Kephart has done the leg-work – and the cast-work – to determine which lakes hold the big ones, the high populations, the hatches, and the rare species like greenback cutthroat and golden trout. The fish in these hard-to-access places can be eager to eat, so getting to the right ones is worth the effort. Beyond the lakes, Kephart covers some remote canyons and gorges, and side canyons within gorges where he's found excellent fishing. The author has done the research, sometimes fishing the lakes several times before discovering the bounty. He also covers forest fires, oil development and grazing as those topics apply to fly fishing in the area. Mike Kephart has paid his dues and yours – take advantage of this great opportunity with this new guide from Wilderness Adventures Press.
Everything an angler needs to know about flyfishing Washington is in this comprehensive guide, in more detail than ever before in print. There has never been a thorough statewide guide written specifically for flyfishing in Washington. Much like Oregon, this state combines a high population of flyfishers with a host of prime flyfishing water. With steelhead and salmon runs, trophy trout in lakes and rivers throughout the state, and the occasional smallmouth and largemouth bass thrown in, Washington has something to offer even the most discriminating angler. This guide will show you maps with access points, river mileage, campsites, and more, for each river system, along with detailed descriptions of rivers, tributaries and lakes, with hatch charts for each. Our format makes calling fly shops for up-to-the minute information or setting up motel reservations in a new area a snap.
Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers. For the first time, two of John Gierach’s most popular fishing books are collected in one volume—a double dose of delight for longtime fans or first-time visitors to Gierach country. As Gierach astutely observes in Dances with Trout, “Fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It’s not even clear if catching fish is actually the point.” This observation might also describe Gierach’s writing—catching fish might be the subject, but most of the fun and (mis)adventure comes well before that point. Whether it’s fishing close to home waters (Colorado) or farther afield (Alaska, Scotland, Texas); ice-fishing, tournament fishing, or night fishing; fishing for trout, salmon, carp, splake, or grayling; fishing with familiar companions like A.K. Best or the enigmatic “Zen master among fishing guides”; no detail of the fishing life is too insignificant or too absurd for Gierach. As he writes in Another Lousy Day in Paradise, “The real truth about fly-fishing is, it is beautiful beyond description in almost every way, and when a certain kind of person is confronted with a certain kind of beauty, they are either saved or ruined for life, or a little bit of both.” So start reading and be saved—or ruined—by Gierach’s wonderful insights into the world around us.
Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers. Fly-fishing’s finest scribe, John Gierach, takes us from a nameless stream on a nameless ranch in Montana to a secret pool off a secret creek where he caught a catfish as a five-year-old, to a brook full of rattlesnakes and a private pond where the trout are all as long as your leg. As Gierach says, “The secret places are the soul of fishing.” Hearing about a new one never fails to entice us. And so Where the Trout Are All as Long as Your Leg transports the reader to the best of these places, where the fish are always bigger and the hatches last forever. After all, it’s these magical places that Gierach so vividly evokes that remind us how precious—and precarious—are the unspoiled havens of the natural world.
Life and living is a complex system interwoven in reality and fantasy, happiness and sadness, but always fusing with one’s dreams in the spirit of the Creator, the wilderness, and one’s special quest for his or her ridge. Join me in my six stories of reality and fantasy in my own quest for the ridge.
The high country of northwestern Montana is an often overlooked shangri-la of trout fishing. From spotless rainbows to big wild cutthroat trout, these mountain lakes offer fantastic fishing for anglers of all skill levels. They also present seclusion from the hustle and bustle of rivers, incredible scenery, big adventure and the chance to burn a few calories, all while getting your flyfishing fix. These alpine fisheries do not have the reputation nor the crowds of the famous Montana fisheries, but the fishing is just as good. There's something for everyone and every mood. These gorgeous tarns are truly the final frontiers in the last best place. Author Mike Raether has written about high-country fishing for years, and his expertise has helped a great many angler find and catch more fish. Covered are the Bitterroot Range, the Thompson River Drainage, the Vermillion River drainage, the Cabinet Mountains, the Purcell Mountains, the Wigwam River drainage, the Swan Range, the Mission Mountains (including the Mission Mountain Wilderness), the Jewel Basin, the Cabinet Mountains (including the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness) and more. Raether's driving directions will get you to the trailhead, and Wilderness Adventures Press' best-in-class maps detail the path, from the trailhead to the lake, with GPS coordinates for all waypoints. Let the author guide you to the most beautiful lakes with the biggest trout that you've never heard of, in this new and exciting Flyfisher's Guide from Wilderness Adventures Press.
Anyone who fly-fishes Montana—or plans to—should own a copy of this useful guide. Fly fishing expert John Holt has compiled a complete inventory of Montana’s fly-fishing waters, moving across the state, drainage by drainage, devoting plenty of space to the main river of each watershed as well as the many tributaries, small streams, reservoirs, and alpine lakes that frequently get left out of other guidebooks. The maps are large and easy to use, and the fishing descriptions cover seasonal variations, river conditions, and preferred fly patterns. Also included are travel suggestions, river access, etiquette and rules, and a hatch chart.
Travel with this young boy as he comes of age, not as a man, but as a young boy searching to find the spiritual innersole within him, and fuses into the wilderness surrounding him in which he finds himself as he travels to the ridge of life fulfillment. Join him in his travels as a fly fisherman through the Rawah Wilderness in Colorado and share his memories, prose and deep thinking of the fondness he experienced throughout the wilderness. Fly fishing, wilderness, and spiritual-well-being, are one in the spirit with Mother Earth.
How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West
Author: Jen Corrinne Brown
Publisher: University of Washington Press
From beer labels to literary classics like A River Runs Through It, trout fishing is a beloved feature of the iconography of the American West. But as Jen Brown demonstrates in Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West, the popular conception of Rocky Mountain trout fishing as a quintessential experience of communion with nature belies the sport’s long history of environmental manipulation, engineering, and, ultimately, transformation. A fly-fishing enthusiast herself, Brown places the rise of recreational trout fishing in a local and global context. Globally, she shows how the European sport of fly-fishing came to be a defining, tourist-attracting feature of the expanding 19th-century American West. Locally, she traces the way that the burgeoning fly-fishing tourist industry shaped the environmental, economic, and social development of the Western United States: introducing and stocking favored fish species, eradicating the less favored native “trash fish,” changing the courses of waterways, and leading to conflicts with Native Americans’ fishing and territorial rights. Through this analysis, Brown demonstrates that the majestic trout streams often considered a timeless feature of the American West are in fact the product of countless human interventions adding up to a profound manipulation of the Rocky Mountain environment. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKMwEkKj9jg