The Best Fly Fishing Books and Resources

Welcome to the Wet Fly Swing Resources Section, a curated list of the gear I strongly recommend to improve your fly fishing.  The links below have one thing in common – They are what the best guides, shop owners and myself personally have used and are highly recommended in the Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast.

Before digging into the amazing resources, I know and trust, and important disclosure:

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The Best Fly Fishing Books and Resources Noted from the Most Recent Podcast Episodes


Episode 275 – Tom McCoy on Long Island

Tom’s book:  How to Fly Fish for Trout


Episode 220 – Tim O’Neill from Norvise

Tim notes the Modern Midges Book which has been highlighted many time on the podcast

modern midges


Episode 219 – Al Q Podcast

Al Q noted Fleye Design by Bob Popovics

fleye design


Episode 190 – Mike Lawson with Henrys Fork Anglers

Mike talks about the greatness of Gary Lafontaine and the best book on Caddisflies



Episode 181 – Fly Water Travel with Ken Morrish

Ken Morrish noted the Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods by Dave Whitlock


Episode 172 – Wanda Taylor on the Hiwassee River

Wanda and I talked about drift boats so I’ve listed my favorite book on drift boats and their history.

Drift Boats and River Dories by Roger Fletcher

drift boats


Episode 115 – Whiting Farms with Tom WhitingClassic Steelhead Flies by John Shewey


Episode 113 – Frank Amato on Publishing

Curtis Creek Manifesto Intro Fly Fishing Book

curtis creek manifesto

Frank noted this as one of their best selling books of all time and is especially good if you are brand new to fly fishing.


Episode 109 – Rick Takahashi on Fly Tying

Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying

charlie craven's basic fly tying

Rick Takahashi said that if you read Charlie’s book from front to back then you would be a very proficient fly tyer.


Episode 107 – Pat Cohen on Tying Deer Hair Poppers

The Stacked Deer Hair Diver by Pat Cohen (Tutorial Fly Tying DVD)

deer hair stacking

Pat Cohen breaks down the exact process he uses to stack deer hair and tie those amazingly tight flies.  This is one of the best videos on tying that’s out there.


Episode 94 – Shawn Holsinger on Fly Tying and Fishing

Pocketguide to Pennsylvania Hatches

pennsylvania hatches

Shawn notes the Pennsylvania Hatches Pocket Guide as a goto resource for his neck of the woods.


Episode 93 – Musky with Bill Spicer

The RIO In Touch Fly Line

rio in touch

The RIO In Touch Pike/Musky fly line is what Bill recommends.


Episode 92 – Kyle Shea on Fishing Alaska

The Mr. Hanky Fly Pattern

mr hanky

I asked Kyle what is top fly was for fishing Alaska in episode 92.  The Mr. Hanky from Jeff Hickman was one of his goto patterns.


Episode 91 – Ray Montoya on Fishing Oman and the Middle East

Birds of Oman

birds of oman

Ray Montoya breaks out a hidden gem resource that fits perfectly with one of the most remote episodes of the year.  The is a great one from the Middle East.


Episode 89 – Captain John McCloskey on Trout Spey

The OPST Pure Skagit Commando Head

opst commando head

In episode 89 John McCloskey tells us that this might be the best head to use for trout spey.  There are a few greats but the OPST Skagit Head is one of the best.


Episode 88 – Fiberglass Manifesto with Cameron Mortenson

The Eagle Claw Featherlight Glass Rod ($29.99)

eagle claw featherlight

Cameron noted the Eagle Claw Featherlight as one of the great intro glass rods and only costs about $30.


My Most Recent Book on Steelhead

steelhead book

Fly Fishing Quick Tips for Steelhead


Episode 63 – Tom Rosenbourer – Tips and Tricks

fly fishing guide

The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide by Tom Rosenbauer


Episode 62 – Rob Crandal – Winter Steelhead Tips

winter spey tips

Winter Spey Strategies by Rob Crandall



Episdoe 59 – Ed Engle – Tying and Fishing Small Flies

Seasonal by Ed Engle


 Modern Midges by Rick Takahashi


 Micro Patterns by Darrel Martin



Episode 55 – George Daniel

dynamic nymphing

Dynamic Nymphing by George Daniel


Episode 52 – Kelly Galloup

Modern Streamers

Modern Streamers by Kelly Galloup




Steelhead Fly Fishing Resources


Klickitat River Steelhead Gear

Airflo Skagit Rage CompactClick here to check out the Rage Compact Fly Line that was recommended in episode 02 of the Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Show.  

With The Airflo Skagit Rage Compact You Just Add a Polyleader And You’re Ready To Fish.

New Trout Sizes also Available




Next Cast Fall Favorite – Click here to check out more details on the Next Cast Fall Favorite line.  Jack Mitchell described this as his favorite spey line for fishing a dry line in episode 02 of the Wet Fly Swing Podcast.


North Umpqua River Steelhead Gear

The Airflo Skagit Switch Line – Click here to check out the Skagit Switch.  Dean Finnerty, a North Umpqua River guide recommened this line as his current goto for catching steelhead on the North.


Fly Rods

Sage X Spey Rod Series in the X 7130-4 or X 7120-4 are two great rods that have taken over for the Sage 7126-4.  Click here to check out the Sage X series.

sage x spey rodsThe new Two-Handed X rods let you experience the remarkable benefits of Konnetic HD Technology through access to the more powerful lower sections of the rod, allowing for easier and more efficient load carry through the casting stroke.




Trout Fishing Resources


Tailwater Resources:

The Amplitude Infiniti Smooth line from Scientific Anglers – Click here to check out the Amplitude line.  Pat Dorsey recommended this line as his goto line for fishing tailwaters.

scientific anglers


Tenkara Fly Fishing Resources:

Max Catch Tenkara Rod Oufit





Books Noted in the Show



A Passion for Steelhead by Dec Hogan


Classic Steelhead Flies by John Shewey


Trout Fishing

Fly Fishing the South Platte River by Pat Dorsey 



Fishing Small Flies


 Modern Midges by Rick Takahashi


 Micro Patterns by Darrel Martin



Miscellaneous by our guests


Seasonal by Ed Engle


Videos Noted in the Show


Secrets of Steelheading with Jim Teeny (from episode 23)

Best Fly Fishing Books and Resources Conclusion

I have highlighted the best Fly Fishing Books and Resources noted by the greatest fly fishermen from around the country.  This is not a list I came up with but exactly what all of the best anglers in the world have told us directly on the Wet Fly Swing Podcast.

If you have a book that is not on this list please send me an email at