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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2010, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up A Steelheader's Way, Principales, Tactics & Techniques by Lani Waller

Even if you own and have watched Lani Waller's videos, there is much to learn from reading this book. Though no one knows why a steelhead will take a fly, I found Lani's theories to be the most cogent explanation that I have yet heard. He takes his keen abitility for observing and distilling what he's observed to make a series of lessons on steelheading. For example, though I primarily fish a wet fly on a downstream swing, his chapter on fishing a dry has inspired me to try a waking fly on summer run fish. His words on the presentation and take of a dry fly compells me to try it the next time I am out.

Some quotes from the book:

"For many anglers, it might not make sense that I prefer to use swinging presentations almost exclusively, especially when circumstances clearly favor dead-drifted flies and yarn indicators. But I am fishing for reasons, at long last, that have less and less to do each year with simply catching a lot of steelhead. One of the most important of these is the fact that I want the encounter I have with a steelhead, and the rivers to which they return, to be as strong as possible. For me...the strength of a hard and sudden pull on a tight line is without equal. We want the heart-and-arm wrenching, electric pull of a fish we cannot see suddenly tugging and pulling on a tight line...The moment of the strike, your first encounter with the fish, feels like no other. 'I live for the grab,' one angler told me. 'That's the best of it.'"

"Steelheading is not fishing. It is hunting. Your job is to stay focused and pay attention to details. This includes your tackle, wading, casting and presentations, and the conditions of the river. You also have to know something about a steelhead's habits and preferences. All of this takes some time and patience, but once learned it pays the greatest and most reliable dividends."

This book is filled with great prose, lots of tips and instruction, and great pictures to look longingly at when you are away from the river. Worth owning or reading at your local library.


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I love this book. I've read it dozens of times and use it as my Steelhead Textbook. It's sitting on my coffee table right now and I flip through it whenever i'm sitting around.
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I just ordered this book and now I can't wait to start reading it!
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Any thoughts on how Waller's "A Steelheaders Way" compares to Hogan's "A Passion for Steelhead"? I know I should have both, but am only looking to buy one of the two. Thoughts? Thanks
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They are radically different books.

Each a standout in it's own way with specific data and a different approach. You need them both.


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Any thoughts on how Waller's "A Steelheaders Way" compares to Hogan's "A Passion for Steelhead"? I know I should have both, but am only looking to buy one of the two. Thoughts? Thanks
I have read both, though it's been awhile for Dec's book. Each provides unique perspectives on steelheading. If you want to learn more about tying flies and spey casting, I would give the nod to Hogan. If you are looking for a book on tactics and presentation, I would give the nod to Waller. Both have excellent thoughts on steelhead behavour, gear, and conservation.

I agree with others that said that if you can, own both.

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One at a time

Sounds like I can't go wrong starting with either - a win-win so to speak. How often does that happen?! Ordered Waller's book first, but don't expect it to be too long before I follow up with Hogan's. Thanks for the help guys.
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