The Pocket Guide to Outdoor Knots by: Geoffrey Budworth
The Pocket Guide to Outdoor Knots provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step diagrams and instructions for tying over eighty knots. Over 300 full-color ill...
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Pro Knot 12 Fly Fishing Knot Cards
Six water-proof plastic cards riveted together with a brass grommet in a fan pack detail the 12 best fly fishing knots. Put a set in your vest today!
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Basic Fishing Lure Carving by: Greg Hays
For every fisherman who feels buying a lure and catching fish is not challenging enough, this book takes you back to yesteryear, when there were no de...
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America's Fishing Waders by: Victor Johnson
Fishermen simply did not wade prior to the Civil War. One 1828 fishing writer stated fishing and drinking are the devils decoys and warned of the adve...
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Trout Rigs & Methods by: Dave Hughes
This book is autographed CLEAR AND SIMPLE explanations for 18 trout rigs and 81 methods to fish them on creeks, rivers, tailwaters, and lakes. Learn t...
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America's Fly Lines by Victor Johnson
The first book of its type to chronicle the evolution of the modern fly line from its horsehair and silk beginnings. Over 260 graphics of fly lines.
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Handcrafting Bamboo Fly Rods by: Wayne Cattanach
The bamboo fly rod still represents the pinnacle of the fly-fishing art; its apparent simplicity and delicacy belie the craftsmanship and strength tha...
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Collectible Fishing Reels by: Carl Caiati
A detailed history of the development of fishing reel technology and fascinating stories of the notable manufacturers who produced them are related he...
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LA Crosse Fish Decoys by: Donald J. Petersen
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La Crosse Fish Decoys is the first and only book covering this subject matter. It should interest fish decoy collectors, hobbyists, fishermen, and anyone interested in a hobby that has a solid financial return. The heyday for spearfishing in La Crosse, Wisconsin, was 1890 until 1938, when spearfishing was banned in that region. Thus given the age of the decoys used, little is known concerning their makers. Indeed, all of the known La Crosse fish decoy makers are deceased. This book is divided into seven chapters. Chapter 1 provides a brief history of the La Crosse region from its earliest days until the present time with emphasis, when appropriate, to the sport of spearfishing. Chapter 2 discusses the development of the technique of spearfishing from its Asian origins and contrasts the American Indian approach to spearing to the white men's modification of it. In Chapter 3, The Mississippi River is discussed and its effects on spearing in the La Crosse Reach. The heart of the book is Chapter 4, when seventy-one known La Crosse decoy makers' biographies are presented along the discussion of their decoys, not to mention, photographic examples of their work. Chapter 5 gives a photographic review of fish decoys which imitate actual fish species. Chapter 6 provides photographic example of La Crosse spears used by fishermen, and documents both known and unknown speak makers. Finally, Chapter 7 reviews La Crosse 'cheater' decoys, jig sticks, lures, and decoy-holding boxes to round out the book.
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