My fly fishing skills were called “intermediate” by a charitable expert, whom I suspect was just being kind.
I have caught trout and bonefish on the fly, as well as bass and bluegill, but the truth is that what I know about fly fishing is minimal. I can cast a bit, tell you what a tippet is, and identify a few dry flies, but that’s about it.
That’s why I’m delighted to now own a copy of C. Boyd Pfeiffer’s now book, The Big Book of Fly Fishing Tips & Tricks. The 224-page, oversize book is overflowing with helpful information and large color photos to aid in instruction.
What stunned me in reading this book was the realization of how much I didn’t know about fly fishing and how helpful this reference is going to be for improving my skills.
For example, tip 24 in Chapter One is about how an angler can change the reel drag. I had no idea that was an option. And tip 71 in that same chapter contains directions and illustrations for knots specific for fly fishing needs.
The book is equally divided into two parts, General Fly Fishing Tips and Fly Tying Tips. Each has nine chapters filled with wisdom from Pfeiffer, an award-winning outdoor journalist and photographer has been in the business for nearly 50 years.
Retailing for $30, the book is available from the publisher, MVP Books, as well as other sellers.