Bruce Ajari: ‘Trout on a Fly’ remains a good read
One of the first books on fly fishing that I read was and#8220;Trout on a Flyand#8221; by the legendary angler and author, Lee Wulff, written in 1986. He was a hero to many of us who picked up a fly rod and is credited as one of the pioneers of American fly fishing.
I had the occasion recently to reread this book. It was something I was doing while I was working out during my cycling sessions at the gym. I realized by rereading this book just how much I was getting out of it during my beginning years as a fly fisher.
Sometimes you do not realize how good something was until you yourself have matured as a person. This is so true with this book. The information in this book is all good. In spite of technological advances, most of what is presented in this book is accurate and remains true to this day.
As a result, it is great for a beginning angler to read. Picking it up later is also highly recommended. It allows you to reflect on lessons learned, and I am sure you will appreciate it as something of a road map for success in your own fly fishing.
Wulff was a passionate conservationist, angler, author and avid outdoorsman. He helped found the Federation of Fly Fishers and is given credit for bringing the catch-and-release process into prominence. While there is some doubt as to whether he actually coined the phrase, and#8220;A fish is too valuable to be caught only once,and#8221; most attribute this keynote quote to him.
The Federation of Fly Fishing is an international organization that promotes the sport of fly fishing through conservation and education. Our local club, the Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers, is a part of the Federation of Fly Fishers network of regional councils and clubs throughout the country and world.
While Wulff died in a plane crash in 1991, his legacy lives on through his Wulff School of Fly Fishing. Joan, a championship fly caster herself, still runs the school that bears the Wulff name in New York.
I am convinced that if every fly fisher read this book, he or she would have a terrific angling foundation. If you get the chance, pick up a copy of this book and read it; I am sure you will see what I mean. No matter what level of angler you are, it is sure to provide you with some great insight from a legend of the sport. It is a short book and a quick read, and the content makes it a classic.
and#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee fisherman who writes fishing columns for the Bonanza and other area publications.