I am about to finish up one of the best fly fishing related books that I’ve read to date, The Dry Fly: New Angles, by Gary LaFontaine. I first heard about Gary LaFontaine’s book from Quinn Grover, who writes for one of my favorite fly fishing sites, Chi Wulff. The book is remarkably well written and takes a look at the wide world of dry fly fishing from a scientific perspective. Gary LaFontaine pours years of streamside data as well as hours of scuba/snorkel observations to put together a comprehensive explanation of fish feeding behavior and reaction to flies. LaFontaine addresses everything from fishermen errors to what color flies you should use. Although you would think a scientific perspective would be on the dull side, LaFontaine’s humor and straightforwardness is very refreshing and kept me engrossed from chapter to chapter.
From the pages, some of my own observations and personal tactics on the water were vindicated and affirmed, but I also gleaned a wealth information from the pages that already has helped me to become a more knowledgeable angler. If you are looking for a more intricate understanding of fish feeding habits and, more importantly, their reaction to man-made flies, you are definitely going to want to check out The Dry Fly: New Angles, by Gary LaFontaine.