Kirk Deeter of Field & Stream and Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post, crack open their notebooks and share expert advice on flies, casting, reading the water, and much more.
The mission of The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing is to demystify and un-complicate the tricks and tips that make a great trout fisher. There are no complicated physics lessons here. Rather, conceived in the “take dead aim” spirit of Harvey Penick’s classic instructional on golf, The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing offers a simple, digestible primer on the basic elements of fly fishing: the cast, presentation, reading water, and selecting flies. The Table of Contents includes:
Part One: The Cast: 45 Tips to Help You Cast Straighter, Longer, and More Accurately
Part Two: Presentation: 60 Tips to Help you Place and Drift Your Flies So that Trout Will Want to Eat Them
Part Three: Reading Water: 37 Tips to Help You Find Trout in a Rive and Effectively Cast to them
Part Four: 43 Tips to Help You Select, Rig, and Fish the Right Fly at the Right Time in the Right Way
Part Five: Miscellaneous: 65 Tips on Fighting Fish, Wading, Choosing Ger, and Everything Else That Matters
In the end, this collection of 240 tips is one of the most insightful, plainly spoken, and entertaining works on this sport—one that will serve both novices and experts alike in helping them reflect and hone-in their approaches to fly fishing.
Kirk Deeter is the vice president and editor-in-chief of Trout Media, the communications wing of Trout Unlimited. He is also the editor of Angling Trade. His work has appeared in numerous media, including Wired, USA Today, Garden & Gun, Field & Stream, and elsewhere. Known for his “out there” and sometimes offbeat story angles, his work has taken him fishing on five continents, from the tip of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina to north of the Arctic Circle in Russia, from the Tasmanian highlands to the Amazon jungle. He lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Chris Hunt is the national digital director for Trout Media. He is responsible for in-house content crafted for TU’s blog, and for content sent out over social media to TU’s members, supporters and followers. Chris is a former newspaper editor and reporter who came to TU in 2005, where he worked for the organization’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project. He served several years as the organization’s national communications director and assumed his present duties in late 2016. Chris is an award-winning journalist, having received recognition from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association, the Idaho Press Club and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He’s also written four books, the latest of which—a fly fishing history and guide to Yellowstone National Park—was published in June 2109. He lives and works in Idaho Falls, Idaho.