Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Freshman Flyfisher

© By Othmar Vohringer

On my visit to the BC Boat & Sportsmen’s Show in Abbotsford I met up with Rick Passek from the Flyfish Fanatic blog. I was particularly interested to see Rick’s new book The Freshman Flyfisher – A Beginners Guide For A New Generation, which he introduced at that show. Rick was on hand to sign books as well as talk about fly fishing.

After a brief conversation and a quick photo session the booth started to get really busy and I did not want to take Rick’s time away from potential customers and clients so I purchased the book and let him tend to his promotions. Once at home I immediately began to look through the pages. As soon I opened the front cover I knew that I had a very unusual book in my hands. Unusual in the respect that this is the first book I have read that incorporates the Internet; throughout the book there are web addresses listed to more information about the topics covered. I thought that was a very clever and fortunate idea considering that the Internet has become a major information source for the informed outdoor person.

In the 123 pages of "The Freshman Flyfisher – A Beginners Guide For A New Generation" Rick covers everything from rods, reels and other necessary accessories to fly patterns, basic lake biology and of course, how to actually find fish. Also covered are aspects of boating and other fly-fishing floating devices; explanations of fly-fishing terminology and the use of special tools such as the throat pump to name one. In short it is a very comprehensive guide for the beginning fly fisher.

What I particularly like about the book is the easy to understand and follow language. To me this is important and something many writers often forget: novices are not necessarily familiar with specific terminology and in order to get them interested we should remember to use language that is easily understood. There is a comprehensive glossary of terms that even experienced fishermen will appreciate.

On a more personal note, after reading this book I finally understood the passion my own father had for fly fishing and today have great admiration for the fly fisher who knows how to cast a line with elegance and precision. In my opinion this is the book every beginning or advanced fly fisher should have in the bookshelf. Out of five points I give this book a well deserved five.

The book is available directly from the author Rick Passek

In the following days I will introduce you to Rick Passek’s new company Rp3 Fishing Adventures based in British Columbia.

Photo Credits: Photos curtsey of Heidi Koehler of Artemis Graphics and Design

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Adam said...

I have never been fly fishing, but I have always wanted to. I bet Ricks book would help me get started.

Othmar Vohringer said...

My father was flyfisher but somehow I never got into it. Reading this book made me think to learn the art of flyfishing. The book is an excellent manual for everyone thinking of taking up flyfishing.

Rick Passek said...

Thanks for the kind words about my book Othmar.

I was just on local TV (The Urban Rush) and will also be on Breakfast TV on April 4th.

Thanks again.

Rick Passek "The Flyfish Fanatic"

Anonymous said...

I may have to consider getting this book for my Dad for his birthday in April. He has just recently taken up fly fishing again after not doing that sort of fishing for about 20 years.

SimplyOutdoors said...

I love fly fishing. I don't think I fit the actual fly fishing definition because I just simply don't possess enough elegance, but I sure do like to cast a fly line after some trout, steelhead, and salmon.

For the guys who are really good at it it definitely is an art form.

I'm going to look into this book. Sounds pretty cool

Matt said...

Good post. I've had a fly rod in my basement for years but have never had the patience to learn how to use it well when I know could be catching fish on conventional tackle.

Maybe this book is what I need!

Othmar Vohringer said...

Kristine – You should get the book for your father, I am sure he would like it. Maybe you can take fly fishing up too. But first and foremost I wish for you to get well (Just come from the OBS blog where I read that you’re in the hospital).

Arthur – Having read the book and talked to Rick rekindled my interest in learning fly fishing. I do not aim to become really good at it, if I just manage to put the line where I want it without hooking my ears.

Matt – Thanks for the kind words. It seems you’re like me. I had a fly rod and tackle for a long time but never took it out. Then I gave it to a young kid that really wanted to learn it. I thought it would serve him better than in a corner of my office.

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