This unique adventure in book publishing takes you through a series of detailed, exciting lessons from one of the great fly fishermen of all time, Joe Humphreys. In extraordinary photo sequences, detailed captions, and imaginative, original schematic drawings illustrating theory as well as practical technique, Joe shows you how to catch trout.
Joe talks directly to you, the reader, in On the Trout Stream, as if you were wading along beside him for a one-on-one lesson. You are in the current at his side as he points out ways to read water, shows you what tippet-fly combo he’s going to use for a particular stream situation, discusses casting, makes his approach, and, with you at his side, lands fish.
Joe goes into the basics of bottom-drifting the nymph. He talks conditioning—the context of the weather’s seasonal rhythms and how trout react, as well as how their behavior is affected by a dozen other factors, from light to temperature to the nature of the food chain. He shows you his favorite flies, some of them never-before-photographed originals, with advice on tying and fishing. He shows you ways to figure out what the trout are taking and how, in a myriad of different stream situations. You wade along with Joe as he plies intermixing currents, pocket water, riffles, pools, runs, feeder streams, spring holes, guts, shallows, and tight brush with his nymphs and dry flies, showing you—and talking to you—step-by-step through his system of fishing: a body of knowledge developed in over 100,000 hours of hands-on trouting experience on some of the world’s toughest water.
How do you get that weighted nymph bouncing naturally over the bottom where it’s going to catch fish? What is the single most important factor in casting the dry fly? How should you build your leader for different types of water, current, and stream-configuration? When should you ignore water temperature? What’s the one nymph-approach trout can’t seem to resist? What’s the secret of the hook-up?
On the Trout Stream gives you hard information and instruction in an original, highly visual presentation of how Joe Humphreys actually fishes. Unprecedented in approach, full of new tips as well as photo-sequence explanations of techniques never before fully explained anywhere, this reading—and looking—experience will prove indispensable to anyone who has already grasped the basics of fly fishing and is surely destined to take its place among the innovative teaching texts in any sport.
Joe Humphreys is a nationally known fly fisherman, conservationist, author, and educator. He has been a fishing instructor to anyone who wants to learn the sport, including VIPs, for over 50 years. Joe has traveled the world representing the U.S. in fly fishing competitions, has guided presidents and celebrities, held the Pennsylvania state record brown trout (15 pounds), hosted the first national fly fishing show on ESPN, and was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame.
Joe is the author of Trout Tactics (Stackpole Books) and a regular contributor to regional and national journals and periodicals. Along with his writing, he has also produced and starred in several highly successful videos including the Telly Award winner for Best Video, The Night Game. He is the subject of the award-winning documentary Live the Stream: The Story of Joe Humphreys (2019), which is about Joe's life on and off the stream (livethestreamfilm.com).
As one of the foremost educators in angling, Joe Humphreys directed the renowned angling program at the Pennsylvania State University for nineteen years, providing introductions and foundations to young and old for a life-long enjoyment of the sport. He has lectured throughout the United States enhancing the reputation of Pennsylvania fishing.
Joe's passions also include working with local and national organizations to improve stream quality. He's proud that his students have become the advocacy base to sustain Pennsylvania waters and believes that teaching youth to fly fish, including the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team, is pertinent for further protection of and respect for the environment. Joe also dedicates his time to honoring our veterans through his support of Project Healing Waters. He lives in Boalsburg, PA.