Fly-fishing for trout is one of life's great
passions and has been the motivation that helped
Mick O'Farrell create a remarkable range of trout flies
encompassing his three favoured disciplines; dry-fly,
wet-fly and nymph. It has also provided the impetus for
writing A Passion for Trout – his first book.
It chronicles one man's journey, from an eight-year
old boy helping his father on the banks of the River
Suir, to becoming a successful fly-fisher and fly-tyer
in his own right. He has enlightened us with a rich
diversity of fly patterns. More than 400 are illustrated in
a series of colour plates, each complemented with a full
‘recipe' of the materials used – an important aid to the
reader, allowing each fly to be tied exactly as the author
intended. Additionally, in the section on Flies and flytying,
there are step-by-step photo sequences showing
in close detail exactly how Mick creates four of his most
Threaded through the advice on flies and techniques
are personal anecdotes, some amusing and others with
a more cautionary message. Any angler who might be
tempted to throw caution to the wind when venturing
out on a large lake, would do well to read the section
titled Behaving Like an Idiot.
A Passion for Trout provides a comprehensive insight
into modern fly development with an emphasis on an
imitative approach, and will appeal to both stillwater
and river anglers alike. It is no doubt one of the most modern, relevant and informative books on Trout fishing to date. It gives Trout anglers of all levels of ability and experience both inspiration and instruction to evolve and grow to get more out of this wonderful sport.
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