Friday, November 8, 2013

50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish

So many books, so little time. Many of you are voracious readers as I am when it comes to fly fishing. If you've hung round Windknots long enough you know that I'm big on "Where to fish" books. I've reviewed a couple over the years. I am extremely pleased to announce the Stonefly Press soon to be released - 50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish. by Terry & Wendy Gunn. 

Terry Gunn, a full time guide since 1983, and his wife Wendy started Lees Ferry Anglers Fly Shop and Guide Service on the Colorado River tailwater below Glen Canyon Dam (Lake Powell) in 1989. They acquired Cliff Dwellers Lodge in 2001. They are the longtime co-hosts of the TV program, Fly Fish Television Magazine. 

50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish is a chapter by chapter rundown of the best tailwaters to fish in the U.S. and Canada. The Gunn's provide guide suggestions for the waters, the hatches, best times to go, best fly patterns and local resources for anything you would need to make your trip a success. Well known names like Pat Dorsey, Craig Matthews, John & Amy Hazel, Tim Linehan, Mike Mercer, Mike Lawson, Left Kreh and many others - contributed their years of experience to the book.

The 272 page book is divided into 56 chapters according to the Gunns. The book’s chapters are divided first by region, and then from south to north within each region to accommodate travel and road trips.  In addition, the book is chock full of detailed contour maps of each tailwater, which include local roads and river access points and plenty of photographs. 


Take a look at this short video clip and see what all the hubbub is about. 



For those of you planning once in a lifetime fishing trips to famous tailwaters, 50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish has to be the best way to make sure all your bases are covered. 

I would like to thank Stonefly Press for the opportunity to not only put out the word on this great looking guide, but to review it as well. Look for a review at a later date. You can click the link to order your copy now.

The mission of Stonefly Press is to advance the work of authors and increase the quality and sustainability of wild fisheries for future generations.




14 comments :

  1. Just read a review on another blog also. Will look forward to reading your review so I know where you will be fishing next year. Should be a great read. The kind of book you keep going back to time after time.

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    1. Brother Mel, I saw your comments on another blog. I think we're following each other around too much. I love books like this and carry my Mark Williams/Chad McPhail books with me always for exactly that reason. See you soon!

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  2. Well...tailwaters are my favorite river to fish. And I'm sure that I have already knocked down a few of those fifty! Ha...Yes, I will be
    orderimg this insightful book...I'm sure that there are a few more rivers that I could put on my bucket list. = ) Oh, btw, there is a fly called the "tailwater tiny" that has been money for me in these kind of waters. If anyone can find a pattern on it, they will be catching fish on every tailwater! Guaranteed.

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    1. Em, honestly I don't think I've ever fished a tailwater...they attract too many people looking for lunker fish. That being said, there is one in particular that is on top of my bucket list because it will be a chance to fish with someone I want to fish with. I'll check around for the tailwater tiny but I've never heard of it. We'll see what pops up.

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  3. Tailwaters can save the day. We have a couple here in CT, and in times of low water or warm conditions else where the tail waters provide super conditions.

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    1. Hi Alan! I'm a little ignorant about tailwaters other than I've heard stories of large fish, great conditions and lots of fisherman. Sounds like this could be a good topic for a post.

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  4. Howard. Books like this are ideal for winter time reading. I'm sure many have been missed off the list. Just 50??

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    1. Richard, how are you my friend. Yes, good winter time reading. Since it just covers the U.S. and Canada, I'm sure some fine tailwaters were missed. Maybe there will be a part 2 coming up.

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  5. Thank you, I've added it to my book list.

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    1. Thank you Mark. I wish I was getting royalties, I think this is going to be a popular book for the hardcore traveling anglers.

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  6. My book just came out last week.Its called 75 of my secret fishing places that i would,nt tell you about if i was tied to an ant hill.It,s 1 blank page.Special this week, buy one get one free.
    Sagetrout out

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    1. Sage, I'd like to order a copy. Do you bounced checks?

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  7. Howard
    I am not much of a book reader but every once in while something peaks my interest, and this book has--this one is on my Christmas list ---thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill
      This is the kind of book that doesn't necessarily require chapter by chapter reading unless you're a nut like I am. Pick out the places that interest you and browse the rest. I think everyone can find something to like about it...enjoy!

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