Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book Review-50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish

I've been able to spend some time with my copy of The 50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish by Terry and Wendy Gunn.   I love to read, especially during the recent subzero, snowy days that we have experienced, and have thoroughly enjoyed this book.  

The book is 253 pages of outstanding color photographs, infomation, and anecdotes about Tailwater Fisheries across the country.  It is broken down by region, and there is a ton of local information and wisedom from local experts about how best to fish the water highlighted.   I've fished several of the Tailwaters in the book, and found the information to be accurate, helpful, and detailed.   So detailed in fact, that information is given about the cell coverage for each river.   Although we like to say that part of the reason to go fishing is to get away from our phones, it is very helpful to know if you can make that quick call home in the midst of exploring the area.   Other helpful facts like the nearest medical help, lodging, and the closest fly shops are included.

Three of the most productive days of  dry fly fishing that I have ever had were on the Fryingpan River.   I'll never forget fishing large Green Drake dries on a soft, Scott G flyrod.   I'm not sure that I caught a trout under 16 inches.  I read the section on the Fryingpan with interest, and learned a lot of information that will be very useful on my next trip there (since big Green Drakes are not always the fly of choice!)   There was information on where to fish,how to fish, and what to fish. A complete breakdown of the common insects, fly patterns and seasons, and common hatches will make a first trip to a new river that much more successful for someone that has never fished there.

The book is broken down into the following regions, which each contain numerous rivers:  The West, The Rockies, The South, and The East.   In the East, I found an article on the Muskegon River.   I have many fond memories of fishing this river when I lived in Michigan, and I read it with interest.   With the information I learned from reading this, I realized that I need to go back....there is a ton of water and techniques that I missed! 

This book is not only fun to read, but is a great reference that I will keep nearby.

This book would make a great Christmas gift for a fellow flyfisher, or yourself!   It is published by Stonefly Press.   http://stoneflypress.com

BDF uses a three tiered gear rating system for gear reviews.

Dry Fly =       Great Product
Emerger=       Good product with potential
Nymph=         Could use improvement   

The 50 Best Tailwaters to Fly Fish earns Dry Fly status.


  1. BDF! Nice Post! Very informative and thanks for breaking the book down for us! I just picked up a copy of it and look forward to reading it. Thanks for information on the other components of the book that are not river specific! Good Stuff!

    1. Thanks Al, enjoy the book. It really breaks things down well, and will be a handy resource for the future.

  2. This must be a really good book. I have read several reviews by my fellow bloggers and they all give it high regards. Each of the reviews have pointed out some of the outstanding tidbits of information available. Your review has added to all of them quite nicely. Hope to get a chance to add one to my small library on fly fishing.

    1. Mel, it really is a great book. Even though the online world is a great place for info, there is something about a well written book.