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How to Flyfish

from newcomer to improver

In this clear and attractive book are all the essential skills you need to be a competent all-round flyfisher.

With John Symonds you will learn how to fish for trout and salmon in stillwaters from both bank and boat; in rivers; dry fly and wet fly.

You will know how to tie reliable and easy knots, to construct the
right leaders, learn where the fish are most likely to lie, how to cast to them and which flies to use.

How to Flyfish will bring you up-to-date with all the latest on leader construction and knots, boat control with the paradrogue, traditional nymphing methods to the popular tenkara style.

Packed with useful tips and clear diagrams.


Author: John Symonds
ISBN: 978 1 906122 63 8
Published: July 2014
Format: 246 x 189 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 96
85 colour illustrations
Price: £9.99

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Press reviews

Reviewed by Jeffrey Prest of Trout Fisherman in October 2014

'John Symonds' latest book promises to contain all the essential skills you need to be a competent all-round flyfisher...and it succeeds, not only in cramming all that in but also in looking anything but crammed in the process.'

Reviewed in The Flydresser in November 2014

'The whole of fly-fishing is broken down into short illustrated chapters, each of which is a useful size for dipping into as a refresher and I am sure that there are experienced anglers out there who would benefit from some of the tips on knot and general setting up of leaders.....Is it value for money? At £9.99 you bet it is.'

Reviewed in The Angler (Angling Trust maga in November 2014

'Packed with useful tips and clear diagrams.'

Reviewed in Angling Times in November 2014

'Cracking little book for the would-be fly angler.'

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