Fly Fishing the Sierra

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The following is a source library for much of the information I have added to this site. Many of these publications remain available and are an excellent addition to your flyfishing library.

Trout and Salmon of North America

Trout and Salmon of North America

by Robert Behnke
Behnke, professor emeritus of fishery and wildlife biology at Colorado State University, has brought his more than 50 years of studying, and fishing for salmon and trout, to wonderful effect. He provides readers with an authoritative compendium of the evolution, biology, ecology, habitats and behaviors of these prized game fish.
Amazon: Trout and Salmon of North America
Sierra Trout Guide

Sierra Trout Guide

by Ralph Cutter
This is a colorful and informative overview of the fish, their habitat, and techniques for bringing them to net. It begins with a detailed description of the native and non-native trout species of the Sierras, including beautiful full-color plates. Subsequent chapters include discussions of hydraulics, trout behavior, entomology, locating fish, and traveling in the backcountry. Anyone who fishes--or plans to fish in the Sierra Nevadas--should read this book from start to finish.
Amazon: Sierra Trout Guide

Fish Food

Fish Food

by Ralph Cutter
Ralph and Lisa Cutter provide an indepth view of the entomology within Sierran streams and lakes. Ralph has literally spent hundreds of hours underwater examining bugs and the trout's response to bugs within stream and lake habitats. Provides great insights from a flyfishers perspective.

Amazon: Fish Food

Fly Fishing the Sierra Nevada

Fly Fishing the Sierra Nevada

by Bill Sunderland
"Fly Fishing the Sierra Nevada" describes when, where and how to fish California's premier mountain range. Detailed maps and directions chart the way to hundreds of rivers, creeks and lakes that offer some of the best fishing in the state. Toss in some history, geological background and a bit of humor, and the result is a book that will be on the must-have list of every trout angler who fishes California.
Amazon: Fly Fishing the Sierra Nevada

Fly Fishing California Stillwaters

Fly Fishing California Stillwaters

by Bill Sunderland
The inclination of most fly-line anglers is to fish moving water. That's a mistake, because there are bigger trout in California's lakes and reservoirs. Fly Fishing California Stillwaters tells anglers where the best fishing can be found, offering directions, full-color maps and so much detail you'll never again arrive at a lake wondering what fly to use or where to start your search for trout.
Amazon: Fly Fishing California Stillwaters

Fly Fishing Stillwaters for Trophy Trout

Fly Fishing Stillwaters for Trophy Trout

by Denny Rickards
This book offers some great tips on techniques and patterns for catching stillwater trout. Rickards calls for experimentation with speed of retrieve on full sinking lines. In terms of flies, Rickards advocates suggestive patterns rather than any sort of 'match-the-hatch' philosophy. He argues that stillwater trout are attracted to the life-like movement of the fly rather than a specific match.
Amazon: Fly Fishing Stillwaters for Trophy Trout

Trout Fishing the John John Muir Trail

Trout Fishing the John Muir Trail

by Steve Beck
Steve Beck's Trout-Fishing The John Muir Trail is a complete guide to this magnificent wilderness route, illustrated throughout with color photos, and includes detailed information on planning and preparing for a trip to the John Muir Trail, fishing along the trail, fishing tackle, hiking gear, hiking tips, the top twenty trout streams, fly recommendations, and a great deal more.
Amazon:Trout Fishing the John Muir Trail
Eastern Sierra Fishing Guide for Day Hikers

Eastern Sierra Fishing Guide for Day Hikers

by John Barbier
The guide at the back of the book tells so much in so little space--it lists distances to each lake, the type of fish there, difficulty, region of the sierras, and more. This, like so much of the book, understates its value. Mr. Barbier's brief comments about essential gear, lures, fishing etiquette, mosquito avoidance, are invaluable.
Amazon: Eastern Sierra Fishing Guide for Day Hikers

Fly Fishing the Tahoe Region

Fly Fishing the Tahoe Region

by Stephen Rider Haggard
"Fly Fishing the Tahoe Region" presents detailed angling information for 77 streams and 97 lakes in the Truckee, Yuba, American, and Carson River drainages, as well as the Desolation Wilderness. Included are hatches, maps, road directions, nearby lodging and services, and angling regulations.
Amazon:Fly Fishing the Tahoe Region
High Sierra Fly Fishing

High Sierra Fly Fishing

by Billy Loek
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 you trip; and camping information.
Amazon: High Sierra Fly Fishing
Yosemite Trout Fishing Guide

Yosemite Trout Fishing Guide

by Steve Beck
With maps and detailed trail instructions, the guide provides the angler who enjoys getting off the beaten track with directions to all sorts of water within the park, including rivers, creeks, and alpine lakes (there are also driving directions to areas near the few roads). In addition, the guide covers plenty of strategies and techniques to improve your chances once you get to your chosen destination.
Amazon: Yosemite Trout Fishing Guide

Hiking California's Golden Trout Wilderness

Hiking California's Golden Trout Wilderness

by Suzanne Swedo
This book offers a preview of what they are likely to see and experience along their chosen route: geological features, historical sites, trees, birds, flowers, and mammals. It helps readers anticipate places where the trail is faint, where it is clear, where and when rivers and streams are special sources of delight, or where there may be obstacles to travel.
Amazon: Hiking California's Golden Trout Wilderness

Plumas Natinal Forest Trout Fishing Guide

Plumas National Forest Trout Fishing Guide

by Andrew Harris
Sierran fishing guide, Andrew Harris, covers fly fishing opportunities within the Plumas National Forest of the Northern Sierra and the Feather River system. Discussion of fly patterns, lakes and streams of the region, and strategies for success in fishing this region throughout the year.
Amazon: Plumas National Forest Trout Fishing Guide

Trout Flies, the Tier's Reference

Trout Flies, the Tier's Reference

by Dave Hughes
Featuring over 1400 color photographs of fly patterns, this work should be a standard for those specializing in trout flies. Hughes has a style that is easygoing and conversational, and his patterns will leave the beginning or intermediate enthusiast with a good selection of flies that will be effective in most situations.
Amazon: Trout Flies, the Tier's Reference

The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference

The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference

by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer
Featuring over 1400 color photographs of fly patterns, this work should be a standard for those specializing in trout flies. Hughes has a style that is easygoing, and his patterns will leave the beginning or intermediate enthusiast with a good selection of flies that will be effective in most situations.
Amazon: The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference

Reno Fly Shop

Barr Flies

by John Barr
John Barr is the most successful designer of commercially distributed flies in the world. His Barr Emerger is an unrivaled pattern for western mayfly situations, and the Copper John has evolved into the most popular fly of the millennium. Barr tells how he developed each fly, gives tips on when and how to fish them.
Amazon: Barr Flies

A.K. Best's Fly Box

A.K. Best's Fly Box

by A.K. Best
A revealing look into the fly box of one of North America's most respected and experienced fly tyers, with complete, step-by-step tying instructions.
Amazon: A.K. Best's Fly Box

Advanced Fly tying Techniques

A.K. Best's Advanced Fly Tying

by A.K. Best
A. K. Best offers a thoughtful interpretation of advanced techniques for tying trout flies. A. K. discusses tools, materials, and methods in elaborate detail, and the resulting fly patterns "may, in the right hands, fool a few more trout," according to John Gierach's introduction.
Amazon: A.K. Best's Advanced Fly Tying

Western Hatches

Western Hatches

by Dave Hughes and Rick Haefele
This softcover book not only matches fly patterns to the hatch but also educates the reader to the lifecycles, anatomy, and seasonal hatches of the insects. The book is well written, and contains most of the general information that flyfishermen need to really enhance their experience.
Amazon: Western Hatches

Wet Flies

Wet Flies

by Dave Hughes
With three decades of fishing experience and coursework in aquatic entymology, plus leading workshops across the country and writing four books on fly fishing tactics, Hughes explains subsurface insect behavior, extensively covers fishing literature and history, presents detailed instruction on materials and tying, and teaches presentation-all with numerous photos, drawings, and 24 pages of color plates.
Amazon: Wet Flies

The Soft Hackled Fly

The Soft Hackled Fly

by Sylvester Nemes
Sylvester Nemes is singlehandedly responsible for the popularity of the soft-hackled fly in American fly fishing today. The Soft-Hackled Fly, Nemes's first book, written in 1975, was the catalyst for the resurgence. Now revised with ten new chapters on tiny flies and full-color photos, Nemes shares colorful experiences at home and abroad, the history of the soft-hackled fly, and illustrated step-by-step instructions for tying the flies.
Amazon: The Soft Hackled Fly

Mayflies, Top to Bottom

Mayflies, "Top to Bottom"

by Shane Stalcup
Shane Stalcup is a tier who approaches fly-tying with the heart and mind of both a scientist and an artist. For the first time, Shane has unveiled what many in the West consider a secret weapon--his systematic approach to imitating the mayfly. From the nymph to the spinner, every aspect of the mayfly's life cycle is explored. Shane's realistic and proven flies have been developed over 20-plus years of intense research at the vise, aquarium, and stream.
Amazon: Mayflies, "Top to Bottom"

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