Book Reviews

Island Fly Fisherman

Book review by Tim Yesaki, VP of Operations, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC

Island Fly FishermanIsland Fly Fisherman, edited by Bob Jones and Larry Stefanyk, is a comprehensive collection of chapters written by nine expert fly anglers that reflects the wide range of angling opportunities on Vancouver Island. This easy-to-read 150 page soft cover book will provide you with more than enough information to start you fly fishing the waters of Vancouver Island. Full-colour images adorn pages with detailed descriptions of where to fish, how to fish, when to fish, what equipment to use, and what fly patterns to use when fly fishing for trout, bass, salmon, steelhead or bottom fish on Vancouver Island.

I found the colour illustrations and images of favourite fly patterns very helpful in helping me add effective patterns to my fly box and boost my odds when fly fishing local waters. For anyone wanting to increase their skills and chances when fly fishing on the waters of Vancouver Island this signed edition of Island Fly Fisherman is a must have.

Book Synopsis

Island Fly Fisherman, edited by Larry E. Stefanyk & Robert H. Jones

A compact angler's guide to year-round fly fishing on Vancouver Island. Combine moderate year-round temperatures with everything from small creeks, rivers and lakes to vast expanses of saltwater beaches and protected inshore waters, and it’s easy to understand why Vancouver Island is considered an angler’s paradise.

Island Fly Fisherman is a compact guide written by nine expert anglers. Compiled and edited by Larry E. Stefanyk and Robert H. Jones, it will provide everyone interested in fly fishing with solid information on where and when to go, and which tackle, tactics and fly patterns will produce the best results.

Locations covered include smallmouth bass lakes on southern Vancouver Island and Saltspring Island. Topics covered include dredging for bottom fish; beach-fishing strategies and flies for cutthroat trout, pink and coho salmon; fishing the lakes and streams for rainbow, cutthroat and brown trout; a "go to" fly that always works as a searching pattern; open-ocean tactics and fly patterns that will work anywhere off the coast of Vancouver Island; and how to tie 46 proven fly patterns.

Whether you’re a stillwater fly fisher who concentrates on lakes, a river specialist who insists that trout only be caught from moving water, a winter-run steelhead fanatic who braves icy water, a diehard advocate of summer-run steelhead, a "beach bum" or an open-water saltwater fly fisher, the expert advice offered in this book will make it well worth reading. The nine contributors have over 400 combined years of fly fishing experience. That they were willing to share this wealth of knowledge with others who are interested in this interesting, challenging, and ever-growing pastime, makes Island Fly Fisherman an excellent addition to any fly fisher’s library.

Island Fly Fisherman
ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-400-7
ISBN 10: 1-55017-400-2
Price: $21.95 CAD
6 x 9 - 120 pp
Edited by Larry E. Stefanyk & Robert H. Jones

Ultimate Trout Fishing in
the Pacific Northwest

Ultimate Trout FishingAs the saying goes, to catch a fish, you’ve got to think like a fish. Ultimate Trout Fishing in the Pacific Northwest instructs readers on how to think like a fish, but more specifically, how to think like a local trout!

Trout fishing is a rewarding sport and it’s easy to get started: licences are inexpensive, good equipment can be found in all price ranges, and best of all, trout are plentiful in saltwater, brackish estuaries, lakes of every size, small streams and large, fast-flowing rivers. There’s no need for an expensive boat either as trout can be fished from shore by casting from a small boat or trolling in a float tube.

Want to know when to reach for an Elk Hair Caddis, Tom Thumb pattern or just go for a worm? Where to cast your Madam X for maximum appeal? Tried and true advice from old-timers is combined with the most up-to-date information from fishing guides and the latest findings from biologists. This guide covers both fly and spin-casting gear, recommended patterns and baits, as well as river, lake and ice fishing techniques, and information about trout found in our waters including rainbow and steelhead, cut-throats, brown and Dolly Varden char.

With contributions from expert anglers and guides Phil Rowley, Ralph Shaw, Joie Coe, Dr. Adipose Huxley, Frank Dalziel, Kenzie Cuthbert, Bill Luscombe and Ron Thompson, here is an up-to-date and comprehensive look at all aspects of trout sport fishing in the Pacific Northwest.

Larry E. Stefanyk lives in Campbell River, BC and is the founding publisher of Island Fisherman magazine. This is his fourth book, having previously published Island Fly Fisherman, Island Halibut Fisherman and Island Salmon Fisherman.

Larry E. Stefanyk with various contributors
Harbour Publishing
6" x 9", 176 pages, paper
150 colour photographs and illustrations
ISBN 978-1-55017-548-6
Also available in hard cover limited edition for $75.00 from author