looking for a good book
My grandfather planted the fly fishing seed in me when I was a kid, unfortunatley I didnt stick with it. Now that he is gone, I have his enormous cabinet full of fly tying gear, a couple rods, and a complete lack of technique and experience. So if anyone can recommend a good book that might line me out on the basics, such as picking the right weights as far as rods, reels, and line and casting, and possibly some fly tying I would be very grateful.
Well and it is a deep subject and congrats and sorry all at the same time. Listed below are web sites to assist you. I would also look at anything Dick Stewart concerning fly tying as well. IMO Whitlock is a down to earth basic knowledge read so a must. Teeny for lines and rods, Swisher and Kreh for casting, Swisher for bugs and such, Dennis for fly tying as well man can that guy spin dear hair. Tom's Blog on the Orvis site is great. There are some old video's by 3M the one about reading water is a must even though it is like 30 years old it is still IMO the best.
You have a fly fishing group in Anch that does a lot for fly fishing I suggest you visit a couple of the local fly shops and find out when and where they meet nothing like having help wading through the waters. If you looking for vast knowledge i.e. where we came from and how we got there read Bergman, Bates and Flick all have excellent lessons to learn then increase your knowledge with Swisher, Teeny and Kreh.
Tight Lines and Best of Luck
Blue Moose Rafting
Looks like a great start, thank you !
Blue Moose is right, go to the fly shop, meet the guys there, most of the time the person working there can answer most questions.
Early in my fly fishing career (Montana) I hired 2 professional guides on two different rivers about a year apart from each other, both times I really wasn’t to much focused on “having” to catch fish as I was on learning correct techniques on casting presentations and ways of mending line at different locations on the stream, I asked those guides every question I could think of about technique and presentation, that for me was the biggest challenge.
YouTube has tons of videos on fly-fishing…
One of my favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oD20daLu-4
Curtis Creek Manifesto is a great book to help getting started. A tying class at a fly shop during the winter will really help speed the process up on tying as well as YouTube.