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I've have been fishing what seems to be most of my life and fly fishing for over 40 years. While I learned most of the appropriate knots way back when, I purchased the little book anyway. And I learned even more by reading this book. Tom always explaines techniques in a way that I can understand. Very usefull book for new and experinced anglers.,This purchase stemmed from my need to show a first time fly fisherman how to tie knots properly as well as all the ins and outs of proper leader construction and care. Having been taught verbally and by word-of-mouth myself, I wanted to make sure I was correct in all my technical details and readily able to answer questions. For the value, you can't beat this pocket guide (it now has a permanent place in my vest). I also learned a few things myself and clarified some questions of my own. According to this guide, I won't be using the improved clinch knot ever again - I'll be sticking to the good ol' clinch knot or the Trilene knot (twice through the eye know). This is also very useful for anyone branching out beyond trout fishing (such as myself). Very good details for saltwater, steelhead and salmon fishing differences in knots, leaders and tippets.,This pocket guide is just what we needed. My son and I do a great deal of saltwater fishing, but we are new to fly fishing. We wanted to understand tippets, leaders and fly fishing knots. We are starting with packaged leaders, but this book will help us do more on our own.,I just ordered this book and was excited for it to arrive as I am always looking for a new way to connect my fly to the line. The book arrived and I anxiously opened the package and my excitement quickly turned to apathy. First, this book is really for the beginner fly fisherman. It offers very little if any useful information for fly fisherman with a few seasons under his/her belt. The author is not objective in his lecture of what is the correct/best way to connect your fly to the fly line. He does however offer different methods but his bias to what he favors is apparent. The guide fails to mention any type of leader selection and/or construction options for those who fish ultralight rods. This is another tragic failing of Orvis’s vest pocket guide. How can the company that designed one of the first true 1wt (ultralight) fly rods omit leader construction and selection for sub 4wt fly rods for it’s very own reference book on leaders, knots, and tippets?
If you’re new to the sport this is a decent book to have in your vest or satchel. However, fly fisherman will do better searching the Internet for leader and knot info. Sorry Orvis, you missed the mark on book. It had potential but you failed to show all leader options objectively, shunned your ultralight supporters, and omitted your classic leader recipes (thankfully I still have a copy). Although, the guide does have some leader recipes in the back they have some typos and are generic at best. In closing, the book does cover the basics for connecting your fly to the line and shows multiple methods but fails to deliver anything more. It is a good buy only for those who are new to fly fishing.,I've learned--the hard way--that you need to practice knots before you go fishing to the point that you have memorized the knot and you have it in your muscle memory. Tom has done a great job of explaining how to tie knots, particularly the nail and blood knot. I have read the instructions in several books, and Tom's are the best. Some books really don't give you a clear, practical description that you can follow the first time and forever, but this book does. Well done!
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