Tying Stillwater Patterns for Trophy Trout: a Comprehensive Guide to Tying & Fishing Fly Patterns for Stillwater Trout

By Denny Rickards

The very best stillwater patterns available to anglers today. Covers the top 10 nymphs, streamers, dry flies, along with 15 personal favorites from the best stillwater anglers I know. In addition, I'll share 20 of the best color variations of my 10 patterns developed for stillwater fisheries anywhere. Cover the fly lines needed to fish effectively, the depth to fish, the best retrieves along with what the fly best imitates & much more. 173 color photos, 9x11 inches, 172 pgs.


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ISBN: 0-9656458-2-7

EAN: 978-0-9656458-2-9

Binding: Hardcover

Publish Date: 15/02/2003

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For 30 years, Denny Rickards has fished, guided, studied and unraveled the mysteries of catching trophy trout on flies in hard-fished public waters, one of the most difficult challenges facing stillwater anglers around the world.

As a result of fishing under these difficult conditions, Denny narrowed his fly selection to 6 suggestive patterns for most of his fishing, honed his techniques for locating exceptional trout, sharpened his retrieve skills, and refined his presentations into a practical, easily mastered stillwater system for catching huge trout in lakes, reservoirs, and ponds.

This system has accounted for rainbows over 15 pounds, cutthroats to 13 pounds and browns to 23 pounds. This book will cover the flies he uses along with the best nymphs, dry flies and streamers for stillwater. His first 2 books, Fly Fishing Stillwaters for Trophy Trout & Fly Fishing the West's Best Trophy Lakes have become bestsellers on the subject of stillwater fly fishing. Denny can also be seen as one of several hosts for Fly Fish TV Magazine on the Outdoor Life Television Network. The patterns he uses are described in this book along with key tips from his stillwater system regarding tackle, fly patterns, and presentation techniques.

Based on Upper Klamath Lake, Oregon, Denny fished more than 400 lakes while researching this book and developing his stillwater system.

The following tiers are the originators for the patterns found in this book. They may not be responsible for the original pattern, but for the versions printed here:
Warren Ballard
Steve Bassett
Cal Bird
Gary Borger
Andy Burk
Dan Byford
Bill Carnes
Brian Chan
Eddie Chiles
Bob Clouser
Brent Curtice
Jay Fair
Dave Freel
Don Gapen
Richard Henry
Gordon Honey
Frank Hornberg
Hal Janssen
Randall Kauffman
Gary Koch
Gary LaFontaine
Craig Mathews
Ed Rice
Denny Rickards
Polly Roseborough
Phil Rowley
Brent Schlenker
Chuck Stranahan
Doug Swisher
Phil Takatsuno
Jim Teeny
Dave Whitlock

Denny Rickards
is a full-time fishing guide, seminar speaker, fly-tier, and fishing instructor. His highly-specialized suggestive fly patterns have been featured in national magazines and are on display at Cushner's Fly-Fishing Museum in Florence, Oregon. Denny Rickards is co-owner of Stillwater Productions, owns and operates Crystal Creek Anglers, a mail-order business from his home in Fort Klamath, Oregon.

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