This week in adding to our list of Christmas gift ideas for the angler or anglers on your list; we have some book suggestions.
For the handy person or do-it-yourselfer: Popular Mechanics, How to Temp a Fish or Behind The Counter, by author Neil L. Jennings.
For novice fly fisher: The Freshman Fly Fisher, by author Rick Passek. Fly Fishing the Trout Lakes, author Jack Shaw. A Primer of Fly Fishing, author Roderick Haig-Brown. In The Ring of the Rise, author Vincent Marinaro. Flyfishing Strategies of Stillwaters, author Brian Chan.
For the intermediate and advanced fly fisher: The Gilly a Fly fisher’s Guide, compiled by Alfred G Davy. Fly Rod Steelhead, author Bill Stinson. A Cutthroat Collection, from the BC Outdoors discovery series. Advanced Fly Fishing for Steelhead, author Deke Meyer. Dynamic Nymphing, author George Daniel.
For novice fly tier: Fly Tying for Trophy Trout, author Jack Shaw. The Freshman Flyfisher’s Insect Guide, author Rick Passek.
For the intermediate fly tier: Any of Randall Kaufmann’s books. Fishing Flies and Fly Tying, author William (Bill) Blades. A compendium of Canadian Fly Patterns, compiled by Robert H Jones & Paul C. Marriner.
For the fly fishing history buff: Fly Patterns of British Columbia or Famous British Columbia Fly Fishing Waters, author Art Lingren. Steelhead Fly fishing, author Trey Combs. An Entirely Synthetic Fish, author Ander’s Halverson. Fly Fishing Pioneer’s and Legends of the Northwest, author Jack W Berryman.
For general interest (in fishing) reading: Trout Fishing, author Joe Brooks. Moon Up, Moon Down. What Fish See, author Colin J Kageyama. The Master Angler, author Phil Rabideau. Kamloops an Angler’s Study of the Kamloops Trout, author Steve Raymond. Angling and War The Collision of Big-Game Fishing and WWII, author Mike Rivkin.
For light enjoyable reading: My Father My Friend, author Arthur Mayse. Any or all of Roderick Haig-Brown’s Fisherman’s series.
For the angler who wants to improve their fly casting: Fly Casting Techniques, author Joan Wulff. Casting With Lefty Kreh, author Lefty Kreh.
For the Christian angler: First Light On The Water, author Al and Ron Lindner. Hooked For Life, author Jimmy Houston. The Perfect Catch: Lessons For Life From A Bass Fisherman, author H Norman Wright.
Our Lower Mainland lakes are slow. For better success try a dead slow troll or retrieve during the warmest part of the day, with: Chironomid, Bloodworm, Coachman, Zulu, Wooly Bugger, Dragonfly Nymph, Damsel Nymph, Halfback, Sixpack, Micro Leach, Big Black, Doc Spratley, Pumpkinhead, or Baggy Shrimp.
The Fraser River is fair for cutthroat. For cutthroat try: Rolled Muddler, Professor, Anderson Stone, Black Stone, Zulu, American Coachman, Flesh Fly, or Chez Nymph.
The Harrison River is fair to slow for coho and cutthroat. For coho try: Eggo, Coho Blue, Christmas Tree, Olive Wooly Bugger, Bite Me, or Rolled Muddler.
The Chehalis River is fair for coho.
The Vedder River is slow for rainbow and cutthroat. For rainbow try: Kaufmann Stone, Big Black, Black Gnat, Souboo, Zulu, Renegade, Tom Thumb, Chernobyl Ant, Foam Hopper, or Irresistible.
The Thompson River is fair to good for steelhead, try: Steelhead Nightmare, Kaufmann Stone, Polar Shrimp, GP, Popsicle, Squamish Poacher, Big Black, Flat Black, or Steelhead Spratley.