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Book Review - West Coast Fly Fisher

🕔Mon, Mar 21st, 2011


The recently published book entitled "West Coast Fly Fisher" will surely become recognized in most fishing circles as one of the premier "how to's" of fly fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Mark Pendlington does a masterful job at producing a compilation of writings from many of the most respected outdoor writers in the field of fly fishing here in the Pacific Northwest.

What sets this book apart from other "how to's" is the breadth of the fly fishing topics covered. Nearly every topic relevant to fly fishing here in British Columbia is touched upon throughout the book in an easy to read format. Whether you're looking to fly fish for steelhead, lake, stream or estuary fish for trout, or looking to entice salmon to a fly---this book has you covered.

The book consist of writing from five distinguished writers, Brian Chan, Kelly Davidson, Art Lingren, Harry Penner, and Barry M. Thornton. Each writer provides a comprehensive look at a given topic, ranging their discussions from fly patterns, tackle selection, reading the water, biology and structure, conditions, seasonal changes, not to mention a host of tips and techniques from the experts.

Colorful, informative and entertaining, "West Coast Fly Fisher" is a must have book for all fly fisherman looking to tackle west coast waters. Whether your an ardent angler or a novice beginner at the sport, you'll find lots to learn from this timely compilation. Each writer is well versed and acknowledged for their expertise in targeting certain species of fish, and "West Coast Fly Fisher" captures the essence of several lifetimes worth of angling knowledge from each of these masters under one cover.
Author and fisheries biologist Brian Chan, focuses on his passion for the past twenty-four years--fly fishing for Kamloops trout. Brian has worked on trout management in B.C.'s Kamloops region, concentrating on the thousands of productive lakes that dot the province's southern interior. An ardent fly fisherman, Brian Chan has authored "Fly Fishing Strategies for Stillwaters", and contributed to the "Gilly", another well respected compilation of writings.

Author Art Lingren has been heavily involved in the fishing community for most of his adult life, known for his association and contributions to respected organizations such as the Steelhead Society of B.C. and B.C. Federation of Fly Fishers (BCFFF) to name a few. Art's books include "Fly Patterns of Roderick Haig-Brown", "River Journal: Thompson River", "Fly Patterns of British Columbia", Irresistible Waters: Fly Fishing in B.C. Throughout the Year", and River Journal: Dean River. In this book, Art Lingren takes a close look at the many varying aspects of fly fishing for both summer and winter run steelhead, and presents it in a concise and highly informative manner.

Barry M. Thornton is certainly one of British Columbia's best known outdoor writers. Highly involved in the fishing community, his works include "Steelhead", "Saltwater Fly Fishing for Pacific Salmon", and "Salgair: a Steelhead Odyssey". Barry actively writes for a large number of publications and has received awards from both the Outdoor Writers of Canada and the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association. Considered by many as a pioneer of fly fishing for salmon on the west coast, Barry shares some his best pointers on the subject in "West Coast Fly Fisher".

Kelly Davidson has been a guide and instructor of fly fishing throughout most of his life. An active member of Steelhead Society of B.C. and the B.C. Federation of Fly Fishers, Kelly focuses his writing skills on the intriguing topic of fly fishing for the elusive sea-run cutthroat trout.

Author Harry Penner, well acclaimed for his articles and nature photographs, shares a sampling of the expert skills he has acquired throughout his many years as a guide in British Columbia's coastal rivers. In "West Coast Fly Fisher", Harry provides a comprehensive look at fly fishing strategies for all species of salmon in coastal rivers.

The works presented in "West Coast Fly Fisher", represents collectively centuries worth of expert angling knowledge,. packed into a short 150 page guide. If you like to fly fish in BC, or you've thought about testing the waters, then make sure you pick up a copy of "West Coast Fly Fisher".

To contact dealers carrying these products visit:

Berry's Bait and Tackle

Fishing Pro Shops

Island Outfitters Sportfishing Centre

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