Although the best learning takes place on the water, lots of fly fishermen with obligations want to maximize their productive fishing time and any help they can get from others is appreciated. Arnold Gingrich once wrote: "All the best angling books in this country have become scarce before they were appreciated." The author drew from his own experience and from the writings of angling icons and came up with 180 specific strategies, or tips, to hook and capture trout.
The tips are categorized into major chapters and include: Tips to Avoid Spooking Fish; Tips on Casting and Line Control; Tips on Fishing Fast Flowing Waters, with sections on Riffles, Shallow Shoals, Runs, Flat Water Runs, Pocket-Waters, and Murky Waters; Tips on Fishing Slow Flowing Waters, with sections on Still Pools and Flat Shoreline Waters; Tips on Fishing Structure, with a section on Backwaters and Sloughs; Tips on Managing Refusals; Tips on Fishing Spinner Falls; Tips on Fishing Slow Periods; Tips on Fishing Streamers; Tips for Early Spring and Late Fall; Tips to Maximize Productive Time; and Tips on Playing and Landing Fish. Whether a beginning or an experienced angler, the tips presented in this little book can help you catch more trout, as well as expand your repertoire of tactics and make you a more complete fly fisherman.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Mordock was born in 1938 in Cumberland, Maryland at the same time as his father started the first yacht club on Western Marylands' Deep Creek Lake, now a noted two-story fishery mentioned in John's book, Fly Fishing Two-Story Lakes and Reservoirs. John moved to Northfield, Illinois, north of Chicago, in his youth, where his father taught him to fly fish and he grew up canoeing and fishing Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin lakes and rivers. His grandfather, Charles T. Mordock, who lived two blocks west of Lake Michigan, also fly fished Mid-Western waters, as well as those in Utah when he visited his brother, William, who lived in Salt Lake City, and in California when he visited his daughter, Kay, who married James D. Adams, a lawyer who also fly fished. John's grandfather was either a frequent guest or a member of the Coleman Lake Club, the first fly fishing organization in the Mid-West, and his Uncle Jim was a member of the Golden Gate Anglers and Casters Club, and outgrowth of the San Francisco Fly Casters Club. His Uncle Jim took John and his cousins on a pack trip to fish for trout in California's High Sierra, above Yosemite Park, when John was approaching his teens. As a teenager, John also fished Northern California's Klamath River with his relatives.
The only period when John hasn't fly fished since he took up the sport was when in Hawaii surfing, snorkeling, and completing his doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology, which included courses in animal behavior. His graduate studies made him skeptical of claims unsupported by empirical data, a condition that characterizes much of the lure about fishing and which led to his book, Capturing Rogue Trout. John moved from Hawaii to Pennsylvania in 1966, where he fished in the Poconos, and then in 1969 to New York, where he fished, and continues to fish, in the Catskills and Adirondacks. In the early 1970s, John joined Trout Unlimited and the Batten Kill Flyfishers, a group of 10 anglers owning riverside property on the Batten Kill, a wild trout stream up until recently. Since 1975, John has made a summer trip to major Western rivers, with his last 10 trips to Calgary's Bow River and nearby streams.