The Right Fly
An Angler's Guide to Identifying and Matching Natural Insects
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|Format:||Paperback, 192 pages, New edition Edition|
|Other Information: ||400 colour illustrations, index|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 24 October 2002|
Once you have mastered this, you will then learn the art of selecting and presenting the appropriate artificial fly from a choice of over 120 fly patterns. This is a unique guide - written by professional bioligists with a passion for fly fishing - which provides a straightforward introduction to natural trout prey and their artificial imitations. The angler is led in a logical progression from observation of the trout's behaviour, the water and the weather conditions, and insect activity, to the choice of appropriate fly patterns. All the common orders of insects (and other prey species) are described and illustrated with outstanding colour photographs which show insects nor only in their adult phase but also in their nymphal and emergent stages. Accompanying the description of each insect order is a carefully chosen selection of imitative fly patterns, with details of dressings and hints on how to fish them naturally. For any angler who has found him- or herself surrounded by rising fish while contemplating the flybox in bewilderment, or encountered a lake apparently devoid of life and ponder what to do next. The Right Fly offers advice that is above all practical and applicable anywhere in the world.
Table of Contents
Introduction. PART I: The Trout and its Prey identifying food animals the easy way: and why bother? - How to use this book - The principles of trout feeding behaviour - Equipment for discovering the trout's prey - Fishing decisions - Identifying things caught or seen - Introduction to the insect prey - How to create and use the artificial flies PART II: The Angler's Identifier mayflies - dragonflies and damselflies - stoneflies - grasshoppers and crickets - bugs - alderflies, dobsonflies and fishflies - beetles - trueflies - caddisflies - moths and butterflies - sawflies, wasps, ants and bees - crayfish, shrimps, waterlice etc - miscellaneous organisms suggested reading, associations and stockists; acknowledgments and picture credits; index
About the Author
Dr Stephen J. Simpson is Lecturer in Entomolgy at Oxford University and Curator of the Hope Entomologival Collections at Oxford University Museum, one of the world's largest insect collections. He not only has an international reputation for his research on insect behaviour and neurophysiology, but is also a very keen fly fisherman. Dr George C. McGavin is Lecturer in Zoology at Trinity college, Oxford, and Assistant Curator of the Hope Entomologival Collections at Oxford University Museum.
|Publisher: ||David & Charles|
|Dimensions: ||21.0 x 12.0 centimeters|