Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: All S-Rivers Above the Equator
Steelhead and the Floating Line -- Bob Arnold
As the days get longer and the waters warmer, I usually get to dreaming about the floating lines of summer. While swinging tips and big spey flies during March and April are my favorites, by April 30th I am ready to put the big guns away and break out the 7 weights and the full floaters. When May finally comes, I know it is time to pick up Bob Arnold's book, Steelhead and the Floating Line and settle in for the slow wait for floater time.
This little book is less a how-to manual and more a celebration of the joys of chasing summer steel. It has enough technique to appeal to those new to the sport but it is Bob's stories of rivers, fish and fishing that keep me coming back year after year.
Beware that early on, he has some unflattering things to say about double-handed rods. You are advised to keep with it though and stick it out until the last chapter. There, the author's conversion and apology is handled with both grace and a hint of crustiness. It is pure Bob Arnold.
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