It's that time of year in Wyoming when the closest I get to the water is through the books I read on fly fishing. As you can imagine I read- a lot. The majority of my reading on fly fishing is through the monthly magazines that I receive, but I also read my fair share of books on fly fishing that cover everything from improving techniques to conservation.
I rarely read books off my fly fishing shelves more than once- one of the few exceptions is The Bug Book by Paul Weamer. As it's name tells you, it's a book on the insects that inhabit trout streams--and what a book it is! With crisp, clear descriptions of the insects most important to anglers, Weamer adds beautiful illustrations of each stage of the life cycle.
Mayflies, caddis, and stoneflies are each treated to their own detailed and well illustrated chapters. This is followed by what anglers crave most-- regional hatch charts along with recommended patterns to imitate each insect for each part of their life cycle.
There are only a handful of books that I would recommend for the shelf of every fly fishermen, The Bug Book tops that list. Even if you're comfortable with your local entomology I suggest you pick this book up- I guarantee you will find useful insights tucked away in its beautifully pages.
Want to spend some of your winter hours with a book that inspires you to return to the stream? Check out Wyoming Mountains & Home-waters: Family, Fly Fishing, and Conservation
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