The Little Black Book of Fly Fishing: 201 Tips to Make You a Better Angler

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An Advanced Course in Fly Fishing

The mission of The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing was to demystify and un-complicate the tricks and tips that make a great trout fisher. There are no complicated physics lessons in that book. Rather, The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing offered a simple, digestible primer on the basic elements of fly fishing: the cast, presentation, reading water, and selecting flies.

In this, The Little Black Book of Fly Fishing, authors Kirk Deeter and Chris Hunt take you to the next level, building upon what Deeter and Charlie Meyers did in The Little Red Book. The Little Black Book will helps fly fishers build upon what they learned in the Little Red Book. Read this valuable, thought-provoking guidebook, and you'll be at the point where you'll be catching fish when no one else is, and you'll know exactly why you are. Advanced casting, presentation, reading the water, fly selection, and much more, including proper gear selection, are all covered. The table of contents, below, explains it all.

The Little Black Book of Fly Fishing




  1. A double-haul is really important, and not just in the salt
  2. Teaching someone new? Start with Tenkara
  3. Everybody needs a casting lesson. Everybody.
  4. Casting longer leaders
  5. 'Casting' nymphs under indicators
  6. Get a practice rod
  7. How to cast a 15-foot leader (and why you should)
  8. Casting at taillights
  9. The cast killer
  10. Your casting stroke follow joints by size
  11. Challenge your cast
  12. Great casts are the ones that get bit
  13. Score your casts like golf strokes; fewer is better
  14. The sand-save cast
  15. A reach cast is worth a thousand mends
  16. Five feet short on purpose (the linear false cast)
  17. Be Lefty in the salt, and Rajeff in the fresh
  18. Give yourself a "D"
  19. Beating wind
  20. Don't out-kick your coverage

  1. Fast strip for saltwater predators
  2. A swirl, not a rise
  3. Casting streamers upstream
  4. Carp: Not just for city kids
  5. Step out of your comfort zone
  6. What are the birds after?
  7. The potato chip fakeout
  8. Why natives matter
  9. But I still love brown trout best
  10. Micro-drag: where you stand matters
  11. You'll never beat a fish into submission
  12. Take it to the lake
  13. Float tubes and garbage cans
  14. Food never attacks fish
  15. A case for the dry-fly snob
  16. Go Deep in the name of fish research
  17. Roll fish for fun
  18. They're in skinny water for a reason
  19. The cafeteria line
  20. The escape hatch

  1. The stripset
  2. Covering water
  3. Skate and twitch big flies in low light
  4. Rod tip down for streamers
  5. Weight an unweighted fly with fly-tying beads instead of split-shot
  6. Urban angling
  7. Get in shape. Stay in shape.
  8. Dry your fly first, apply floatant second
  9. Most fish (and some bugs) face upstream--present accordingly
  10. Head up, game over
  11. Step when you streamer
  12. Babysit your flies
  13. ID the "player" and get after it
  14. Gin clear water
  15. Flat calm water
  16. Developing "TSP" (trout sensory perception)
  17. A fish doesn't see like humans do
  18. Walk on
  19. The 10 second rule
  20. Like a dog on a leash
  21. Tip up or tip down?
  22. The keys to spotting fish
  23. The full-court press usually fails
  24. Use the whole spice cabinet
  25. River personalities and handshakes
  26. What the cloud layers tell you
  27. Knowing what they are not doing is equally important as knowing what they are
  28. Upwelling v. the straight seam
  29. The speed of the strike is proportionate to the depth of the water (in rivers)
  30. See this, do that

Part 4: FLIES
  1. UV resin in home-tied flies
  2. Nymphs on the swing
  3. Multi-purpose flies
  4. Sparse for saltwater
  5. UV parachute posts
  6. Tip the fly for tying parachute posts
  7. Caddis: the most dishonest fly ever
  8. Wire or tinsel for dry flies
  9. The "pellet fly" you can feel good about
  10. Practice, practice, practice
  11. Peacock herl ... and why it works
  12. The mystery of the Purple Prince Nymph
  13. Profile is everything
  14. The Adams family
  15. Lethal mice
  16. The Mole Fly miracle
  17. Bob Behnke on colors
  18. Terrestrials are opportunity bugs
  19. The end of the duck
  20. Colors change with depth
  21. Un-matching the hatch
  22. The monkey poo fly

Part 5: MISC. (Everything from gear, to fighting fish and angler ethics)
  1. Fly reels for trout are just line holders
  2. Fly reels matter for saltwater fish
  3. Faster rods aren't always better
  4. You get what you pay for
  5. Pride cometh before the fall
  6. Sheet-metal screws
  7. Wire for predators
  8. Quick-dry attire for the flats
  9. ABC. Anything But Cotton
  10. Snip your tippet at an angle
  11. Rod weight depends on fly types
  12. The best loop knot... perfection
  13. 7X tippet is BS
  14. Colors and camo above the surface
  15. Guitars and fly rods
  16. Bucket list places
  17. Tiger snakes and long hemostats
  18. It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock 'n roll
  19. Score fishing like cricket
  20. It's okay to fail
  21. I cheer for the fish

Author: Kirk Deeter
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Published: 06/28/2022
Series: Little Books
Pages: 248
Weight: 1.2lbs
Size: 7.09h x 5.04w x 1.02d
ISBN: 9781510747739

About the Author
Kirk Deeter is the vice president and editor-in-chief of Trout Media, the communications wing of Trout Unlimited. He is also the editor of Angling Trade. His work has appeared in numerous media, including Wired, USA Today, Garden & Gun, Field & Stream, and elsewhere. Known for his "out there" and sometimes offbeat story angles, his work has taken him fishing on five continents, from the tip of Tierra del Fuego in Argentina to north of the Arctic Circle in Russia, from the Tasmanian highlands to the Amazon jungle. He lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Chris Hunt is the national digital director for Trout Media. He is responsible for in-house content crafted for TU's blog, and for content sent out over social media to TU's members, supporters and followers. Chris is a former newspaper editor and reporter who came to TU in 2005, where he worked for the organization's Sportsmen's Conservation Project. He served several years as the organization's national communications director and assumed his present duties in late 2016. Chris is an award-winning journalist, having received recognition from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association, the Idaho Press Club and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He's also written four books, the latest of which--a fly fishing history and guide to Yellowstone National Park--was published in June 2109. He lives and works in Idaho Falls, Idaho.