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Fly fishing books as a source of knowledge and entertainment.
 Some books are indispensable if you want to be a knowledgeable fly fisher.
The books listed below are essential for fly anglers fishing in our region.

All Fishermen Are Liars

Mayflies Top to Bottom

Curtis Creek Manifesto

Nymphs For Streams & Stillwaters

Czech Nymph

Oregon River Maps & Fishing Guide

Dan Callaghan's North Umpqua

Practical Fishing Knots

The Drake Magazine

Single-Handed Spey Casting

Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die

Spring Creeks

Fishing In Oregon

Steelhead Flies

Fishing Mt Hood Country

Swing The Fly

Fly Fishing Basics The Tube Fly
Hatch Guide For Western Streams Western Mayfly Hatches
How To Design Fly Lines  

All Fishermen Are Liars
John Gierach
SIMON & SCHUSTER, April 2014
Warehouse Date: April 8, 2014
Subject Category: Literature, History & Humor
Binding Type: Hardcover
Retail Price: $24.00
ISBN: 1-4516-1831-X
EAN: 978-1-4516-1831-0
The ever-popular Gierach shares insights, musings, and countless stories from the profound to the funny to the downright absurd that he’s collected over a lifetime of fishing. His first book in 3 years, Gierach gives us a book that is wry, contemplative, and as lively as ever, as edifying as it is entertaining. 256 pgs.

From the Pacific Northwest to the Upper Midwest to the Canadian Maritimes, “America’s best fishing writer” (Houston Chronicle) shows us why life’s most valuable lessons—and some of its best experiences—are found while fly-fishing.

For John Gierach, fishing is always the answer—even when it’s not clear what the question is. He’s fished for steelhead in the Pacific Northwest, bull trout in British Columbia, bonefish in Mexico, and pike in the Upper Midwest. He’s even tried winter fly-fishing and braved the remote Alaskan wilderness. Through it all, he has nurtured his enduring love for the sport.

Traveling around North America, Gierach seeks out great fishing experiences with one goal in mind: to have a good time and maybe catch some fish. He talks about fashion in flies and fly-tying, about the mysteries of why certain flies work, and about the etiquette of fishing a popular spot. He reflects on how it feels to approach a new stream, acting nonchalant while experiencing intense excitement and anticipation. He also muses about fishing rods: “Although I own enough rods to build a picket fence around my property, I can sometimes be convinced that I need just one more.” And though Gierach loses some fish along the way, he never loses his passion and sense of humor.

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JG14 Book, All Fishermen Are Liars $24.00

Single-Handed Spey Casting, by Simon Gawesworth SINGLE-HANDED SPEY CASTING
Simon Gawesworth
Stackpole Books, 2010
Subject Category: Fly Fishing
Format:  HC
Pages:  256 pages
Trim Size:  8.5" x 11"
ISBN:  978-0-8117-0559-2
Photos: 400 color photos
Illustrations:  88 illustrations

Expert spey caster Simon Gawesworth shares casts adapted from two-handed spey casting that enable you to fish the challenging spots most anglers skip. Whether you’re a small-stream angler casting for tough trout or a saltwater fly fisher, Simon has refined spey casts for all one-handed rod needs: the single spey, double spey, snake roll, snap T, side cast, shepherd’s crook, reach cast, and aerial mends. Learn ways to cast a fly to cope with obstructions wherever you find them and whatever water you fish, making it possible for you to fish the waters that frustrate other anglers.
About the Author:
Simon Gawesworth has fished in world championships and has taught spey casting throughout the world. His first book, Spey Casting (978-0-8117-0268-3), introduced many to the two-handed rod. He writes for several fly-fishing magazines and produced the video International Spey Casting. He lives in Ammon, Idaho.

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978-0-8117-0559-2 Book, Single-Handed Spey Casting, by Simon Gawesworth $39.95

978-0-8117-0559-2-B Book, Single-Handed Spey Casting, by Simon Gawesworth with any purchase over $100. That is 20% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING $31.95

Curtis Creek Manifesto
In 1978 the fly fishing community evolved it's own illuminated manuscript: the Curtis Creek Manifesto. If you think about it, the illuminated manuscripts of the dark ages with pictures and writing on the same page produced the comic book format of the 20th Century. These types of publications were meant to communicate at the most basic levels. Wording was very simple. Illustrations were compelling to readers who needed a certain amount of stimulation to get them to read at all.
My own involvement with the written word started out pretty bleak. Who knows whether I was dyslexic or just dull, but reading was very difficult for me through the first three grades of school, which delegated me to the special classes for the disadvantaged kids. This was all the more frustrating, since my parents were avid readers, and they read to us kids every night. Then I discovered comic books. My parents didn't approve of comic books, so they had to be read on the sly. Little by little by, looking at the pictures and the text it began to make sense, and I actually taught myself to read by studying comic books. By the time I was in the 8th grade my SAT tests disclosed that I was reading with the speed and comprehension of a senior in college. The illustrated manuscript format of the comic books worked for me and proved that the format used by English monks from 800 A.D. was still valid in today's world.
The Curtis Creek Manifesto is a beginners book that reveals fly fishing at the most basic level. It teaches young people how to read, as it teaches them about fly fishing as a sport and a way of life. It has proven to be the most popular fly fishing book ever published in the western hemisphere (and possibly the world), having sold more copies than any other fly fishing book.

Teach a child to read as you teach them about the natural world and the sport of fly fishing. This is your text book.
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0-936608-06-8 Book, Curtis Creek Manifesto $9.95

CZECH NYMPH and Other Related Fly Fishing Methods CZECH NYMPH and Other Related Fly Fishing Methods
Karel Krivanec and Friends
Third Edition: 2008
Subject Category: Fly Tying
Binding Type: Hardcover
Format: 7.5" X 10"
Retail Price: $39.95  
ISBN: 978-80-903882-5-3
A couple of things will dawn on you while you read this book:
Eastern Europeans have evolved a unique and extensive fly fishing tradition, and there are a lot of streams you would like to visit there.

The book of 116 pages of format A4, contains 159 colored photographs of nymphs and approximately 45 colored photographs of fishing. The book deals with the development of the Czech nymph from its early history to present. The Czech fly fishers are fishing in World Competitions and their fly designs and techniques have been successful in winning World Championships. Possibly the most important aspect of this book about Czech nymphing for American anglers, is the discussion of leader design, and Krivanec draws on the expertise of several successful anglers to describe their typical leader setup. This book is unique in its subject matter and presentation and has many insights that will make the reader a more productive angler. More than that, it proves that the sport of fly fishing forms a global brotherhood.

Scheme of leading the czech Nymph...
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978-80-903882-5-3 Book, Czech Nymph and Other Related Fly Fishing Methods $39.95

Ken Sawada, May 2007
Warehouse Date: January 14, 2008
Subject Category: Fly Tying
Binding Type: Hardcover with slip jacket
Retail Price: $79.95  
ISBN: 0-KS-04482

 Sawada dressed 300 patterns of tube flies, including new styles, new arrangement & his new original dressings, from small trout flies to big salmon & taimen flies. This book will appeal to Northwest steelhead anglers as well and salmon fishermen. Many tying techniques are photo illustrated. Individual flies are illustrated in large photo format. This is a beautiful book full of beautiful, practical flies. A must have book for any tier wishing to perfect the fly crafters art.
500+ full color photos, 160 pgs.

This book is full of beautifully tied, unique tube fly patterns...
Aquamarine Squid Long Tail
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0-KS-04482 Book, The Tube Fly, by Ken Sawada $79.95

Dan Callaghan
Steamboat Inn, Jul 2008
Subject Category: Fly Fishing
Format:  Hardcover
Pages:  180 pages
Trim Size:  12" x 12"
ISBN:  0-9817250-0-7

This is a picture book of one man's love of a river. No portrayal on the internet can do it justice.
We love Dan Callaghan for many things: his excellence & passion as a fly-fisherman, his life-long devotion & hard work for the fish & fisheries he loved, his eye as a photographer, his warmth & kindness, his delight in river otters, dippers, spring flowers, autumn leaves, & rivers.
Dan Callaghan, Oregon’s consummate natural photographer, is immortalized in this book on his river home, the North Umpqua. Dan had an inquisitive mind, a sharp artist’s eye, a touch of whimsy, & a tenacity for perfection. He captured the essences of the Umpqua River in all her glory during the best & worst of conditions. His art displays the splendor of the seasons; the bleak & startling beauty of winter, the rejuvenation of spring, the lushness of summer, & the unsurpassed brilliance of fall. Anglers at the height of their rhythm, intensity, & joy were preserved by his shutter. This spectacular photographic journey will bring you closer to the North Umpqua, closer to nature, perhaps closer to yourself.
This book deserves a place on any table where angler who really love rivers come to gather.

North Umpqua Picture Book
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0-9817250-0-7 Book, North Umpqua, by Dan Callghan $75.00

The Drake Magazine

Everyone has a favorite magazine.
The Drake is one of ours!


Flowing Ambition
One man’s battle to free the Klamath

[The Obama administration and California officials are set to announce an agreement to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, sidestepping Congress to restore its salmon and steelhead fisheries. The move would result in the largest river restoration in U.S. history. A news conference trumpeting the deal will take place today at the Yurok Reservation in Klamath (Del Norte County), with Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown joining Oregon Gov. Kate Brown; Interior Secretary Sally Jewell; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency Administrator Kathryn Sullivan; and PacifiCorp's Stefan Bird. Here, Drake contributor Steven Hawley tells the extraordinary story of former Oregon state Sen. Jason Atkinson, who's played an integral role in the process. —ed.]

Bay Watch II
Magdalena (Baja), Jamaica (NYC), Biscayne (Florida),
Grand Traverse (Michigan), Thorne (Alaska),
By: Scott Sadil, Monte Burke, Pete McDonald,
Matt Dun, E. Donnell Thomas

...and much, more!

Published quarterly, 8.5"x11', glossy, 136-pages
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Drake Magazine The Drake Magazine, Spring 2016 Issue $7.00
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Dave Hughes
Stackpole Books, 2009
Subject Category: Fly Fishing
Format:  HC
Pages:  384 pages
Trim Size:  8 1/2 x 11
ISBN:  978-0-8117-0472-4
Photos:  995 color photos
Illustrations:  20 illustrations

Nymphs for Streams and Stillwaters provides a sound understanding of the relationship between naturals and their imitations, and between those imitations and the trout. You'll learn what nymphs you should spend your time tying, you'll learn how to tie them, and most important, you'll learn where and how to fish them in order to catch more trout
Nymphs for Streams and Stillwaters is broken logically into four parts. The first part is an introduction to the way nymphing shapes itself with notes on streamside and lakeside observation, nymph selection based on what you observe, and recommendations on tools and materials for both basic and advanced methods for tying nymphs that take trout. The second part deals with the selection and detailed tying of all sorts of effective searching nymph patterns for moving water. The third part examines imitative nymphs for moving waters, tightly relating naturals to their imitations. The fourth part covers stillwater nymphs. Trout are ore often selective in lakes and ponds, and the things they eat in stillwaters are often unlike trout foods in rivers and streams.
Hughes takes a subject that has been considered complex and confusing and makes it understandable, presenting the information that you really need to improve your tying and your fishing. Nymphs for Streams and Stillwaters is destined to be the step-by-step reference to tying and fishing every nymph you'll ever need. Filled with good advice from a trusted master of the subject, it is the most thorough and enjoyable book about selecting, tying, and fishing nymphs that has ever been written.
About the Author:
Dave Hughes is author of more than 25 books, including Trout Flies (978-0-8117-1601-7), Handbook of Hatches (978-0-8117-3182-9), Wet Flies (978-0-8117-1868-4), Essential Trout Flies (978-0-8117-2439-5) and Western Hatches (with Rick Hafele). He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and daughter.

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978-0-8117-0472-4 Book, Nymphs For Streams And Stillwaters, by Dave Huges $59.95

978-0-8117-0472-4-B Book, Nymphs For Streams And Stillwaters, by Dave Huges with any purchase over $100. That is 20% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING $47.96

Oregon River Maps & Fishing Guide
  • River Access
  • Boat Launches
  • Salmon and Steelhead Run Times
  • Insect hatches
  • Fishing Techniques
  • Knots & Tackle Guide
  • Services & Accommodations for Anglers and much more...

The ultimate book for Oregon anglers!

Oregon River Maps & Fishing Guide features Oregon detailed maps— and that’s only the beginning.

Whether you’re casting from the bank or fishing from a boat, Oregon River Maps & Fishing Guide tells you where to be and when to be there. Learn the secrets of Oregon’s best rivers, including the “insider” information you need, to experience the very best fishing Oregon has to offer. We’ve even included phone and email information for the essential services and accommodations specific to the needs of fishermen. Keep one Oregon River Maps & Fishing Guide in your car and another in your office, so you can always access the information you need, when you need it.

8 1/2 x 11 Inches, 88 Pages, 37 Maps, Illustrations, All-Color
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1-57188-514-5 Book: Oregon River Maps & Fishing Guide $24.95

By: Dave Hughes
Soft cover
Clear, concise, well organized, well rounded. If you read this book, you will have a basic understanding of fly fishing.

Soft bound, 6" x 9" format, b & w illustrations, 255 pages.

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0-8117-2439-5 Book: Fly Fishing Basics $18.95

Hatch Guide For Western Streams
Jim Schollmeyer
Soft cover
Covers all you need for a productive trip on our Western streams: water types; successful fishing techniques; identifying major hatches, providing basic background info about these insects. Color photos of naturals & flies. Full-color; 4x5 inches, 196 pgs
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1-57188-109-3 Hatch Guide For Western Streams $19.95
1-57188-109-3B Hatch Guide For Western Streams
with any purchase over  $100. That is 20% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING.

Al Buhr
Softcover : $19.95
All Buhr began building fly lines in the late 1970's as a way to improve his steelhead fishing.  In 1980, he met Jim Green and joined the Fenwick team.  Al mentored under Jim Green in both rod and line design.  In 1989, Al joined Sage rods and shortly after, teamed up with Scientific Anglers.
In 1994, with Bruce Richards of Scientific Anglers, Al designed the Mastery Spey/Salmon Taper and later the Short Head and Mid Head spey lines. In 2004, Al chaired a committee that developed a line weight standard for two-hand fly lines an has become the AFTMA designation. As you can see, Al has a lot of experience with fly line design.  This book puts all his knowledge in you hands; about how to design & build your own fly lines. 
Illustrated; Black and white;
5 1/2x 8 1/2 inches, 28 pgs.

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13523 How To Design Fly Lines $19.95

Maddy Sheehan & Dan Casali
Soft cover
An award-winning guide to Oregon's more then 1,200 sportfishing waters. Updated and expanded, featuring dozens of new maps, index to fly-only waters, and packed with practical information on access and fishing. 100 B/w photos; 8x11 inches, 368 pgs.
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0-916473-16-3 Fishing In Oregon $29.95

Fishing Mt Hood Country

This book is literally written about our back yard (and our front yard too). We live and work in the middle of Mount Hood Country. Our store is nearly in the middle of Mount Hood Country. That is why we are the first shop to receive this book: Fishing in Mount Hood Country.
128 pages in full color.

Mount Hood is at once the most recognizable icon in Oregon- yet it is little known by the multitudes that live in its shadow. This book opens up the fishing opportunity available on the slopes of Wy'East, and in the rivers that flow out of its glaciers and gather water from its springs. In Fishing Mount Hood Country, award-winning authors Gary Lewis and Robert H. Campbell tell tales of water, trails, trout, steelhead and salmon, and provide a detailed, thoughtful look at the best fly- and gear fishing. The book is divided into two sections - Western and Eastern - by the Pacific Crest Trail. The story is told in over 40 chapters that contemplate 15 rivers and creeks and 30 still waters, illustrated with over 200 full color photos and maps. Some of the best fishing in the state is found in these rivers and lakes. Hike the trails that lead to rainbows and cutthroat in remote high country lakes, and drift the whitewater for steelhead and salmon. Now you are Fishing Mount Hood Country.

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9761244-6-7 Book, Fishing Mt Hood Country $24.95

Shane Stalcup
Frank Amato Publications, 2002
Soft cover, 
This book belongs in every tiers library. Shane shares his secrets for tying effective, life like mayfly imitations. Nymphs, emergers, adults, spinners and cripples - it's all here. Unbelievable photos of the real real insects, plus up close step-by-step photos of each fly pattern. Tying techniques found no where else.
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1-57188-242-1 Mayflies Top to Bottom $29.95

Practical Fishing Knots

By: Mark Sosin and Left Kreh

 This is the best book on the subject of tying knots. Clearly illustrated.

6" x 9" format, b & w, pen & ink, 144 pages.

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1-55821-102-0 Book: Practical Fishing Knots $14.95

Steelhead Flies
Author John Shewey
Spiral Hardbound
Steelhead flies represent the highest echelon of artistic fly-dressing.  They enjoy a rich tradition as both a functionally designed lure for tempting the much-revered steelhead, but  also as a creative expression of the aesthetic appeal of fly angling.  John Shewey, author of the acclaimed
Spey Flies & Dee Flies, has produced another well-written and researched book, rich in technique, method and innovation.  Through concise text and hundreds of sharp, color photographs--including step-by-step and artistic individual fly plates--Shewey covers: materials for steelhead flies; basic tying techniques; hairwing and featherwing flies; Spey and Dee styles; Practitioners, shrimp and prawn patterns; dry flies and much more.  This book is a must-have for all steelhead fly-fishermen.
9 x 12 Inches, 216 Pages, Full Color
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1-57188-400-9 STEELHEAD FLIES, by John Shewey $49.95

1-57188-400-9B STEELHEAD FLIES, by John Shewey with any purchase over $150. That is 20% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING. $39.96

Mike Lawson
Stackpole Books, 2003
Subject Category: Fly Fishing For Trout
Binding Type: Hardcover, 315 pages, 8 1/2" X 11" format.
Retail Price: $59.95
ISBN: 0-941130-98-3
This is the single best trout fly fishing book so far in the 21'st Century. Mike Lawson is a keen observer. His book reflects insights into spring creeks that could only have been gained through years of careful observation. Important chapters cover mayflies, caddis, midges, terrestrials, and aquatic insects. Plus, practical and proven advice on locating, stalking, playing, and landing trout and tactics for fishing dry flies, streamers, wet flies, and nymphs, from one of the best fly fishermen in the business.  Beautifully illustrated by Dave Hall.  Many, many, many brilliant color photographs make this a reference book, a picture book or coffee table book.  A great gift for any fly fisher.
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Book, SPRING CREEKS, by Mike Lawson $59.95
0-941130-98-3B Book, SPRING CREEKS, by Mike Lawson with any purchase over  $100. That is 20% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING. $47.95

By: Chris Santella
Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2004
Subject Category: Fly Fishing Travel
Binding Type: Hardcover, 224 pages, 7 1/4" X 8 1/4" format.
Retail Price: $24.95
ISBN: 1-58479-356-2
Amateur or expert, every angler dreams of landing "the big one," but that's only part of the appeal of fly fishing. Because even when hours pass without a bite, nothing beats the rugged beauty of the surroundings. For both armchair travelers and avid outdoorsmen who may have already started a checklist of their own, Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die maps out the meccas of the fly-fishing world.

Through in-depth interviews with the sport's acknowledged gurus, author Chris Santella goes beyond standard guides to convey the very essence of the recommended locations. Readers can vicariously cast mouse patterns to fifty-pound taimen in the wilds of Mongolia, wrangle with wily permit off the Florida Keys, and match the hatch on Montana's Armstrong's Spring Creek. Jardines de la Reina, Cuba (tarpon), the Zhupanova River, Kamchatka (rainbow trout), and the Rio Negro, Brazil (peacock bass) are also included.

The essays include a cultural and natural history of each site, along with colorful anecdotes based on the author's and authorities' experiences. With breathtakingly beautiful photos of the spots, many by celebrated fly-fishing photographer R. Valentine Atkinson, the book also provides adventurous anglers with enough travel-and-tackle information so that they, too, can start planning excursions to go fish around the globe.

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Book, FIFTY PLACES TO FLY FISH BEFORE YOU DIE, By: Chris Santella $24.95
1-58479-356-2B Book, FIFTY PLACES TO FLY FISH BEFORE YOU DIE, By: Chris Santella with any purchase over  $100. That is 20% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING. $19.95

Swing The Fly

The more engaged you are in hunting for steelhead and salmon with two-handers and fishing flies on the swing, the more you will appreciate this magazine. The storyline has a sensitivity that can only be written by people who have deep experience in the the sport, but who can connect with newbies and old-timers alike.
Marty Sheppard:
Jonathan Barlow:
Karsten Strangeland:
Jeff Bright:
Nick Pionessa:
Arron Goodis:
Mia Sheppard:
Bill Marts:
Trey Combs:
Zak Banwell:
Alexander Grant:

Story Titles:
Tradition is Not Dead
My First Fish
To The Ends of the Earth
The Great Public Land Heist
Enchanted with Haida Gwaii
Fishing the Greased Line
The BC Prawn
The River Tender

8.5"x11" Format: 132-pages, Recycled Paper. Created In (easy to read) GeezerPrint.
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Swing The Fly Book, Swing The Fly $14.95

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Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele
Frank Amato Publications
Subject Category: Fly Fishing Enomology
Binding Type: Softcover, 264 pages, 8 1/2" X 11" format.
Retail Price: $39.95
ISBN: 1-57188-304-5
In their first book together since their 1981 classic Western Hatches, aquatic entomologist Rick Hafele and fly fishing author Dave Hughes, combine their extensive knowledge to describe in detail the widespread and diverse western mayflies, unraveling their mysteries, revealing how to identify them, how to match them, and how to fish their imitations.

    Researched, written, and photographed over a period of more than twenty years, Western Mayfly Hatches covers all mayfly hatches important in the entire range of western states and provinces.  Color photos reveal the important aspects of each stage of each important mayfly hatch.  Scientifically accurate illustrations by artist Richard Bunse depict the details that will allow you to recognize key differences between species for both nymph and adult stages.  A series of fly patterns, from suggestive through impressionistic to imitative, are listed for each stage of each hatch.  The full dressing is given for each fly, and each is photographed in color by Jim Schollmeyer.

    Also included is information on collecting and observing mayflies, mayfly behavior and natural history, fly-tying techniques, presentation methods for nymphs, emergers, duns, and spinners, plus much more.  Unique "hatch ranking tables" list the important aspects of each hatch, and provide a means for determining its importance relative to all other hatches.  Hatch charts show graphically the emergence period of each hatch throughout the year, and the time of day you might encounter the insect on the water being fed upon selectively by trout.

    Includes more than 350 color photographs, 75 illustrations, and more than 175 fly patterns, You'll be amazed how much information you'll discover within the pages of this book.  Western Mayfly Hatches leaves no stone unturned.

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Book, Western Mayfly Hatches, By: Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele $39.95
1-57188-304-5B Book, Western Mayfly Hatches, By: Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele with any purchase over $100. That is 20% OFF plus FREE SHIPPING. $31.95

The books listed in this catalog are written by fly fishers for fly fishers.
Each book listed here has been read by our staff and is 
considered to be authoritative and worthwhile. 

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