Tips & Tactics #21 – How to Fly Fish for Trout

I try to be humble and stay grounded in knowing who I am and where I come from.

Self-promotion is difficult for me.  So I offer this tip in the sincere belief that it may be of assistance to those of you who are new to the sport of fly fishing for trout and those who have been working at it a while and remain unsatisfied with the results.

This all started about 20 years ago when a friend wanted to learn how to fly fish. I figured I would buy him a book for his birthday.  I went through a bunch and all seemed so dense. I finally picked up Cathy Beck’s book which was the best on the shelf for a newbie. It occurred to me that the sport needed a simpler introduction.

Cathy Beck's Fly-fishing Handbook
Cathy Beck’s Fly-fishing Handbook

I sat down and began to write what I would say if I were introducing someone to the sport.  I gave a copy to my friend.

I worked on it some more, a lot actually over the next years and eventually had 25 copies made at a print shop with a spiral binding. I kept them in my car and gave one to friends and strangers who showed an interest. Eventually I put it in PDF format so I could email it and others could pass it on. People appreciated it and some even thanked me.

htffft original copy
htffft original copy

When I retired I published another book I had compiled over the years, on a different subject.  Once indoctrinated to the self-publishing mechanism, I rewrote, revised and edited How to Fly Fish for Trout, the FIRST Book to Read many, many times and then published it. The result is the current version.

htffft book edits
htffft book edits

I have sold and distributed about 2500 copies so far and no one has asked for their money back, so I think it is doing what it was meant to do: that is make it simple to learn how to catch a trout with a fly.

It is written not as an expert but as a person who loves the sport and is trying to pass on the basics to another who wants to learn. Most books out there, although filled with good information, are too text book like and they cover too much.  This is more of a friendly letter, minimizing the technicalities, focused on the basics and offering a perspective to maximize the joy. Unlike most of the others, it is a quick read with stories to help you understand the sport which is so much more than casting. There is a list of equipment you will need and flies to help you get started.

How to Fly Fish for Trout
How to Fly Fish for Trout

It is available in print on and in digital on Kindle. It is also in local shops – River Bay Outfitters, Campsite Sport Shop, Caleb Smith State Park and the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery’s gift shop – the very hatchery that introduced Brown Trout to America. The Angler’s Bookstore at the Fly Fishing Show at Somerset and elsewhere also carries it. It is listed on the Project Healing Waters Web site (I donate the royalty) and signed copies are on eBay.

If you know someone who is interested in catching a trout on a fly or who is struggling with it, please pass this on.  Click here for book reviews and here to see it on Amazon.

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Hope to see you on the water!

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