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Discussing fishing flies, trout flies, salmon flies, fly fishing gear and equipment, Idaho and Montana fishing rivers, NW rivers, fly tying and fly fishing trips. Over 50 years experience in fly fishing, best flies, fly tying, fly fishing techniques, fish stories, directions to rivers and lakes and great fly fishing tall tales with special communications from area guides.

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Perfect Gift

A Perfect Gift” and “Longer Fly Casting” is a thought for you or that special fly fishing person in your life from YellowStoneFly of the Idaho Fly Fishers Blog. With Christmas only one week away, what will you get that special fisher person in your life for the holiday that they will cherish forever? I don’t usually do this, but this is a book review of what I believe to be one of the very best basic fly casting books ever written (circa 1991).

Lefty Kreh began fly fishing in 1947 and has mentored many since that time. This beginner to advanced paperback can be purchased at Amazon.com as a used book for as little as $0.36 and new for only $3.48. And the newest edition (circa 2007) sells for only $10.51 new and $8.46 used. This is truly a great tutorial which got me over my “short cast” hump after a twelve year lay-off from fly fishing during college, graduate school and my post-graduate training.

This excellent book takes one through the basics of fly casting first. Then you are taught how to do single, double and water hauls to increase distance. It also discusses basics such as cleaning your line and guide sizes as well as other maneuvers to increase casting distance. If you practice everything discussed here, I guarantee you more distance than you ever dreamed possible.

"Longer Fly Casting" would make a wonderful gift any time. Whether it be for Christmas, Father’s or Mother’s Day, birthday, anniversary or just because - the Idaho fly fisher in your life really needs this guide. Be thoughtful, give the gift of distance fly casting. He/she will love it.

Happy Idaho fly fishing,
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          Bull River Hogs - MT

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