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possibly the most underrated steelhead book

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1878175602



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that;s a good one

this one is really good for summer...
http://www.amazon.com/Steelhead-Fly-.../dp/1879522055

Dick Van Demark, RIP

enjoy!
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Published by a very small regional press, this book naturally never got national recognition. But it's very good info by an expert fly angler. (Nothing about spey, though.) Dick Van Demark was my friend and mentor.
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cool!

Dick's low water fly designs have been an inspiration to me - and variants on his themes have become some of the most effective flies in an ever increasing circle of seasoned steelhead anglers....

a legacy he would be humbly proud of....

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Thumbs up Can't speak to the second book listed.

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I agree with Fred. Love Bob's book and have some of the flies he has tied. His book has moulded some of my present day fly designs and my thoughts of Steelhead fishing...

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Picked it up after reading this thread. Just finished the Sam chapter.
Definitly worth your time.
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Dana I'm glad you mentioned this book of Bob's.

I'm fortunate to have Bob as a very good friend. This book STEELHEAD WATER is full great info that would help someone new to steelhead fly fishing immensely. Bob has written another little, and even more underrated, gem, STEELHEAD FISHING AND THE FLOATING LINE. It is loaded with solid info on using a floating line with wet, dry, and skating flies. Both of these books were published by Frank Amato Publications.

Unfortunately, Bob has not fished for steelhead since July 2001 when we fished the NF Stilly for Deer Creek fish. Bob hooked and landed a nice bright Deer Creek hen about 20 minutes after we started fishing. And as usual, I always let him fish first and then I'd follow him through the run because I'm able to cast farther than him. Anyhow, upon landing the fish, he cut off his fly, reeled in his line, walked to the beach, and stopped to tell me this was going to be his last time fishing for steelhead and that I should stop by his place near Stanwood on my way home.

When I stopped his house on my way home, he told me because the runs were so reduced from what they used to be, he wasn't going to fish for steelhead any longer in order to keep from getting angry and upset over the lack of fish. He has amused himself with fishing for stocked trout in the lake his house sits on with powerbait and he will at times take his little rowboat out on the lake with an electric trolling motor to fish for bass with a bait caster and bass plugs. It is a great understatement to say that I miss fishing with him.

By the way, Sam was a great dog. And Bob's wife liked Sam every bit as much as Bob did. Bob and his wife replaced Sam with a brother and sister pair of labs 11 years ago after they had to put Sam down due to old-age problems he developed.

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Bob calls himself a "pedestrian fly tyer", which is a very accurate description. Other than his SPADE, which has a following amongst experienced steelhead fishers for low-water, difficult conditions, his other flies are virtually unknown. And nearly all the other flies he tied for himself were little more than a couple of tips of marabou tied top and bottom on the front of the hook. No body, no hackle, just the hook providing a body of sorts. He preferred to tie these simple, lash the marabou on the hook flies on Alec Jackson nickel spey hooks.
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And I just gt the last one in stock
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this one is really good for summer...
http://www.amazon.com/Steelhead-Fly-.../dp/1879522055

Dick Van Demark, RIP
My friend Poul knew Dick well and always spoke highly of his book. After I read your post I tracked it down on Abe books and ordered it. Good stuff in there.



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Flytyer,

I agree with Bob's simple fly design. The flies I have that he tied are exactly that... simple. I will try to post a picture of the fly he tied that I had purchased on Ebay. I am out of town chasing some steel at the moment and will post when I return.

Thanks for the insight into Bob, his book and his flies. Again I really appreciated his work.

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I am fortunate enough to have one of Bob's Hardy Perfects that my dad bought from him years ago. A nice little 3 5/8"...it's a very special reel for me, for a number of reasons...and will never part my hands. Thanks for this thread...I'll need to pick up Bob's books if I can..
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Bob loved his Hardy reels. He used to give me a lot of good-natured ribbing when we fished together over me using disc drag reels because they didn't "sing" like his Hardy. And of course I'd then have to tell him his Hardy sounded more like a dog in pain than a siren singing. There is nothing quite like fishing with a very close friend because you can tease each other and neither gets upset. Plus, you know too much about each other that would be embarrassing if other knew. Thus is the nature of close friends.
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