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by Billy Van Loek

The lakes and streams of the High Sierra have the primary element of good trout habitat in abundance, cold, well-oxygenated, unpolluted water. In this book, Billy shares the keys to success in California's High Sierra for both the beginning and advanced angler, including: how did the trout get there; geology of the High Sierra; trout science; equipment; casting; knots; flies; angling ethics; plus, how to fish the lakes, creeks; advanced tactics; planning your trip; camping info; and much more. Billy shares his hard-won secrets of success fishing the High Sierra so your next trip can be a great one!
Download High Sierra Fly Fishing: Basics to Advanced Tactics epub
ISBN: 1571882170
ISBN13: 978-1571882172
Category: Travel
Subcategory: United States
Author: Billy Van Loek
Language: English
Publisher: Frank Amato Publications (January 1, 2001)
Pages: 96 pages
ePUB size: 1988 kb
FB2 size: 1377 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 462
Other Formats: mobi rtf lit azw

Picked up this book based on the overwhelmingly good reviews but after reading it cover to cover I don't consider it to be anything special. I'm just a beginner fly-fisherman, but have made several recent trips into the Eastern High Sierras with mixed results. I've had days where I couldn't put a fly near the water without a hookup, days where I had to sink a wet fly to catch trout I couldn't see and recently a day on a lake known to be a good bet without even a single strike. I was expecting to gleam some insight that would have given me some ideas about altering my recent experience but found nothing, i.e. I couldn't identify anything different I could have done. This leads to me to believe that most of the content is pretty superficial.

There are some details that help minimize the trial and error process that consumes so much of ones time on the water but more is needed. Too much emphasis on casting to fish you can see and not enough on finding fish you can't see. The third dimension of water depth opens up a myriad of unknowns that were either glossed over or skipped altogether. Also weather and seasons in the Sierra are so dynamic, I'd expect more insight on their impact on fishing. Even the selection of pictures is lacking. Here's a snap shot I took this summer and I've got a ton more. Any book with High Sierra in the title should be able to get four stars on pictures alone.
I am really impressed with this book. It has been published long ago, but it feels so modern. For one is much of the knowledge simply ages well, its basic principles and strategies that are timeless. I am still making my way through it but the wealth of knowledge it has is really vast.
The intro says this book is meant primarily for folks new to alpine fishing. What is especially good is the de-emphasis on gear and strong emphasis on the natural history of both the Sierra Nevada and trout. Many of the ideas are new and original, such as the "Angler's Caloric Law." The author's approach leads readers right to the concepts that explain why good anglers cast where they do. You just couldn' beat this up-to-date book if you want to know how to catch a lot of trout on a backpacking trip. In fact, the excellent photos will whet your appetite for a summer trip!
I do a lot of backcountry fly fishing and this book explains a lot of things I already know, and quite a few that I didn't know. I was impressed with his knowledge and jealous of the time he gets to spend back there, as I only get about 12 days off during my 6 months work/summer. Very knowledgeable about every aspect of backpacking, fishing techniques for different types of trout and clear concise explanations of just about everything "backcountry fly fishing". cj
This is a fairly comprehensive guide to fishing the High Sierra. The author is clearly very knowledgeable both regarding fly fishing, and also regarding the Sierras. The guide is really designed for those who plan to backpack in. For those folks, it is full of information. However, this is not a guide to specific streams or lakes. It is an overview of how to fish the High Sierra with a fly rod. In that context, it is excellent.
This book is great, in that it relates to the experienced and inexperienced Trout fisherman. The layout of the topics is also very practical, and is full of useful ideas and technics.
Lots of information for both the aspiring and the expert. Fish physiology, geology and specific locales discussed. Well worth the money and highly recommended!
If you fish in the Sierras or like to hike the high country this is an excellent book . It is specific to the region and very informative. I would definitely recommend it as a worthwhile addition to any Sierra Fly fisherman's library....JAK