There's an old saying among fly fishers that equipment isn't the only thing, it's everything. But the best equipment in the world will catch few fish if you don't know how to use it. Experienced anglers with dimestore equipment can outfish the superbly equipped tyro every time - because they know how it's done. With nearly fifty years of fly fishing to look back on, Tom McNally knows how it's done, from angling for tiny brook trout in mountain streams to fly casting for giant marlin in the open ocean - and everything in between. This book is the culmination of a long and respected career as one of the world's best-known outdoor writers - the collected knowledge of almost half a century of fly fishing condensed to fit between two covers. Here, in plain language, is a complete book of fly fishing from a complete fly fisherman.
Angler's Hall of Fame member Tom McNally, a native of Berlin, New Hampshire, has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as one of the world's best-known outdoor writers, with more than 26 books, 10,000 newspaper columns, and 4,500 magazine features to his credit. He has written for, among others, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Sports Afield, True, Reader's Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, Look, and USA Today. He was outdoor editor for the Baltimore Sun, and later the Chicago Tribune. Now retired, Tom lives with his wife, Phyllis, along Montana's Madison River, where he fishes, hunts, writes, and watches the sunset playing across Fan Mountain.