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Best Fly Fishing Books

Ken Sperry

Posted by Ken Sperry

December 1, 2010

If you are looking for a good book for that fly-fishing-addicted spouse or relative, here are some of the bestselling fly-fishing books…

Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die

“Santella offers 50 short takes on the ultimate fly-fishing destinations in this beautifully photographed and nicely packaged volume…With its elegant descriptions, gorgeous photos, and practical information, this book is a dream travel guide for avid fly-fishers.” -Publishers Weekly

The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing

A pocket guide that offers insightful, plainspoken, expert advice for every fly fisher. Two highly respected outdoor journalists, Kirk Deeter of Field & Stream and Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post, have cracked open their notebooks and shared straight-shot advice on the sport of fly fishing, based on a range of new and old experiences—from interviews with the late Lee Wulff to travels with maverick guides in Tierra del Fuego.

The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing (L. L. Bean)

The Lyons Press is proud to present The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing, an exciting full-color book for beginning and expert fly anglers alike. Brought to you in conjunction with L.L. Bean, America’s most trusted name in outdoor apparel, and written by unquestioned experts in the field, this book is divided into four essential parts–General Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing for Bass, Fly Casting, and Fly Tying–and covers each with in-depth analysis in clear, easy-to-follow language.


Bugwater is that soggy place inhabited by creepy, crawly, hopping, flying, wriggling creatures we call, if imprecisely, bugs. Organized around the seasons, BugWater follows the bugs and the trout through their life cycles from spring through winter.

The Fly-Tying Bible: 100 Deadly Trout and Salmon Flies in Step-by-Step Photographs

Avid sport fishermen will treasure this book, which is nearly as beautiful as the objects it describes. Fly-tying is a highly prized fisherman’s craft, but it’s also an art form, wonderfully captured in this volume’s hundreds of color photos. Each of the 100 fly patterns is presented in a two-page spread: an enlarged photo and textual description on the left-hand page, complemented with a set of step-by-step, clearly captioned photos on the facing page.

Essential Trout Flies

How to tie the 31 most effective trout patterns and selected variations-more than 200 recipes. Step-by-step color photos and fishing notes “Essential Trout Flies will help you assemble the flies you need to catch trout anywhere in just two fly boxes. That makes it essential reading in my book.” -Rich Ostoff, professional fly tier and author of Fly-Fishing the Rocky Mountain Back-Country.

Every Day Was Special: A Fly Fisher’s Lifelong Passion

A collection of fly-fishing stories from acclaimed novelist and outdoorsman, William G. Tapply. “It’s been a lifelong, ever-expanding journey, with many big fish and faraway waters and dramatic moments . . . and yet I don’t think any of those moments or any of those places or fish has thrilled me any more than seeing the twitch of my fly line where it entered the muddy waters of my backyard pond . . .”

A Passion for Steelhead (Masters on the Fly series)

Adventure-minded anglers can chase the elusive, silvery steelhead with this book of techniques, revelations, and observations by an expert guide. Pointers include selecting the most effective fly for various river conditions, choosing the right tackle, adjusting to different water types, spey casting, and finding the most productive streams of the season, and a chapter on why steelhead choose to take or refuse a fly is included.

Fly-Fishing for Bonefish

Called the ghost of the flats, the silvery bonefish is the holy grail of flats fishing. Its speed in the water and chameleon-like color make it the ultimate challenge to catch, and because of its elusiveness, much of the joy of bonefishing is in searching for the fish. Finding bonefish from a skiff and while wading are thoroughly covered, as is catch-and-release. Details on the bonefish’s environment and its food provide the essential background, and you’ll learn what tackle and flies to take and how to cast efficiently in the flats.