The Orvis Book of Family Friendly Fly Fishing
Like all sports, the fun of fly-fishing lies in sharing the experience and in spending time with those closest to you. And yet for a father unsure how to connect with his bored, PlayStation-dazed kids, for a beginning fisherman who doesn’t want to learn casting techniques by himself, for a mother who would love to show her children the outdoors but isn’t quite sure how to begin, it can be a frustrating and intimidating business.
From one of the most trusted brands in the industry, and from one of the sport’s most esteemed authors, The Orvis Guide to Family-Friendly Fly-Fishing by Tom Rosenbauer will take the mystery out of sharing the experience.
Rosenbauer provides instructional guidance, discusses the nuts and bolts of casting, fly choice, and technique, and opens the lens to discuss family-friendly destinations, gear, schools, safety, and more.
Rosenbauer brings his expertise to bear on perhaps the most essential skill set of all—introducing the people closest to you to your beloved sport.
Tom Rosenbauer, host of the Orvis Fly Fishing Podcasts, has been with the Orvis Company over 30 years. Rosenbauer is Fly Rod & Reel magazine's 2011 Angler of the Year and author of The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, one of the best-selling fly-fishing books ever.
Tom Rosenbauer, host of the Orvis Fly Fishing Podcasts, has been with the Orvis Company over 30 years, and while there has been a fishing school instructor, copywriter, public relations director, merchandise manager, and was editor of The Orvis News for 10 years. He is currently Marketing Director for Orvis Rod and Tackle. As merchandise manager, web merchandiser, and catalog director, the titles under his direction have won numerous Gold Medals in the Annual Catalog Age Awards.
Tom has been a fly fisher for over 35 years, and was a commercial fly tier by age 14. He has fished extensively across North America and has also fished on Christmas Island, the Bahamas, in Kamchatka, and on the fabled English chalk streams. He is credited with bringing Bead-Head flies to North America, and is the inventor of the Big Eye hook, Magnetic Net Retriever, and tungsten beads for fly tying.
He has ten fly fishing books in print, including The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Reading Trout Streams, Prospecting for Trout, Casting Illusions, Fly-Fishing in America, Approach and Presentation, Trout Foods and Their Imitations; Nymphing Techniques; Leaders, Knots, and Tippets, The Orvis Guide to Dry-Fly Techniques, and The Orvis Fly-Tying Guide, which won a 2001 National Outdoor Book Award. He has also been published in Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Catalog Age, Fly Fisherman, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics, Fly Rod & Reel, Audubon, and others. He lives in southern Vermont on the banks of his favorite trout stream.
Tom is Fly Rod & Reel magazine's 2011 Angler of the Year! To quote the magazine: "People who meet him know this: Rosenbauer is as valid a fly fisherman as they come - honest, approachable, generous, dedicated, and enthusiastic. It's that kind of enthusiasm and the written and verbal legacy he is providing that make Tom Rosenbauer Fly Rod & Reel's 2011 Angler of the Year."
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: What’s so great about fly fishing? How it brings people closer to nature because
you imitate natural prey, and you learn a lot about nature when out there immersed in it.. Can be enjoyed by people of any age, from 5 to 95. It’s not an elitist sport that requires expensive gear and lots of gadgets. It is more difficult to learn that other kinds of fishing but nothing that anyone with even modest hand-eye coordination can master. Interviews with psychologists on the value of fly fishing as stress relief. Mention of Last Child in the Woods movement and why fly fishing is the perfect application.
Chapter 2: Let’s go fishing and see what it’s like. Find a bluegill pond. Catch a fish on a
worm and bobber. Replace the worm with a sponge rubber spider and catch another fish. Then take a fly rod and see how much easier it is to get the sponge rubber bug out there.
Chapter 3: How do I find a place to fish? Don’t start out with a trout stream or the bonefish
flats. Sunfish ponds, small bass, smaller inshore saltwater fish, stocked trout ponds. How to find just the right place at the right time of year to learn. Urban fly fishing.
Chapter 4: Kids and fly fishing. How to teach kids easily. What age should they start? Why
fishing trips with younger kids should be different than adult trips. Find them some action and explain what’s happening. Don’t make fishing expeditions long unless they beg you. Fly fishing and the single parent. Interviews and case studies of kids who have become passionate fly fishers and kids who turned out to hate it and why.
Chapter 5: How do I get my spouse interested in fly fishing? Not everyone will enjoy it. Keep
sessions short, explain what is happening, set expectations beforehand. Men and women seem to have different desires on a day of fly fishing. Interviews with people who have successfully (and unsuccessfully) introduced their spouses to fly fishing.
Chapter 6: Casting, knots, gear, and flies. Teach the basic overhead cast and the roll cast.
How to just get the line out there. How to retrieve line. The two basic knots you need (clinch and surgeon’s). How to play, land, and release a fish. At this point still concentrating on small bass or sunfish.
Chapter 7: Where to find help. Is it worth it to go to a school or take a lesson? What about
books and videos? How and where to practice. Should I hire a guide? Is it worth it?
Chapter 8: Different kinds of flies and what they do. Especially with kids, get some wild and
colorful flies in lots of different shapes. How to fish the different kinds of flies.
Chapter 9: Dealing with current, wind, and other complexities. Your first trip to a trout
stream smallmouth river, or the ocean. What additional gear you will need and what other skills you’ll need to master.
Chapter 10: Fishing from a boat. Choose the right craft. Kayaks are not as good as canoes for
beginners and rowboats or small power boats are best. How to cast from a boat and how to land fish safely. Etiquette and tips on fishing on a guide boat.
Chapter 11: Fly fishing safety. Water safety, eye protection, removing a hook and other minor
Chapter 12: The family fly-fishing vacation. How to pick the right place so that all
members of the family will enjoy it.
Chapter 13: Teaching conservation. What families can learn about conservation together.
Projects families can take on to make fish habitat better
"Lively, comprehensive, and well-written, packed with fly-fishing tips and essential fundamentals that go well beyond the "family" scope and purpose of this book. I wish I'd seen it years ago and highly recommend it."
--Peter Matthiessen, National Book Award Winner and author The Snow Leopard and Shadow Country
"Tom Rosenbauer has produced a remarkably clear and concise book... . First, Rosenbauer explains that a first-time angler should start with a push-button rod. No need to make things too complicated, too quickly. Second, he focuses the subject matter on many species of fish. There might be more bluegills in this fly-fishing book than any other 'general instruction' book I have seen. Third, Rosenbauer hits the obvious topics--what gear, what flies, where to find fish, and how to make them eat--but he also hits the topics mom is wondering about--like how to plan a family vacation, and how to stay safe.
"More importantly, Rosenbauer dedicates an entire chapter to conservation. In the context of creating a generation of anglers, it's important to understand that being a 'complete' angler involves having a conscience when it comes to resources, as well as an ability to catch fish.
"We get that. Yet there are many other nuances in this book that make it worthwhile for even the most seasoned mentors. Add this one to your library, but be sure to take it off the shelf and put it to use regularly."
--Kirk Dieter, review in Trout, the quarterly publication of Trout Unlimited
"The book has plenty of solid tips on how to get a family interested in fly fishing, and the topic needs plenty of thought and understanding to do it right. With the wrong approach, a fly-fishing parent can get a child or spouse solidly hooked into the sport or turn someone off cold... .
"...just let me say that The Orvis Guide to Family Friendly Fly Fishing makes me jealous. I wish I came up with the idea for the book first. What better endorsemebt can a reviewer give than that?"
--Ken Allen, Maine Sportsman