Book Review: The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide by Tom Rosenbauer

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For many years, The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide has served as a classic book for anglers wanting to learn the ins and outs of fly fishing. First published in 1984, this book has sold more than 300,000 copies and has helped many anglers gain competence on the water. Now, many years later, The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide has been revised and is now an even better resource than ever.

It goes without saying that much has changed since the early 80s. And in fly fishing, everything from rod design to strategies to the state of watersheds have undergone dramatic change. Many anglers now gravitate towards fast action graphite rods, new species have emerged as bucket list fish, and the need for anglers to take a step up to protect (or even save) resources and fish populations has become more critical than ever. It’s to be expected that even a classic work such as The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide might need revisiting more than 30 years later, and in the new revised edition, Rosenbauer fine tunes his masterpiece to fit a sport that has undergone change.

In its former editions, The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Revised would surely get praise from anglers all over the world. Now, we can not only enjoy updated chapters, new strategies, and expanded tips for the times, but the revised edition also offers anglers updated photos that truly give anglers a clearer picture of everything from knots to flies to the characteristics of different species. This book in complete in every sense.

The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Revised is 400 pages of valuable content and might just be the new (yet old) definitive guide to fly fishing. The book is available now in paperback. To check out more about The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Revised, please click here.

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  1. Have you read “Reading Trout Streams” by Mr. Rosenbauer? Back in the 80’s it was so inspiring as a kid to read and imagine that all water after that contained fish and a person knew where they were.

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