Rated 4 out of 5 by HuckleberryMe Opinionated but competent across the board.
Dave Whitlock knows fly fishing up, down. front, and back. As an introduction to the sport, the book is somewhat daunting in its complexity but all the information is there and it stands tall as a reference to, even the most seasoned angler. Beautifully illustrated by the multi-talented author, it is a pleasure just to look upon. That being said, It tells you Dave's way of doing everything and hardly ever mentions that there are other knots and other techniques that are not to be ignored.
A great value at an excellent price and belongs in every fly fisherman's library
October 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by fishinlaw LL Bean Fly-Fishing Handbook by Dave Whitlock
This was recommended to me by a sales rep when I first purchased fly fishing equipment at the Bean Freeport store almost two years ago. He said this was the book to have, and he was right. From casting techniques to knots to flies for different fish species to safety, this book covers the need-to-know stuff of fly fishing. I take it with me on fishing trips because it provides great advice on all aspects. If you haven't read a fly fishing book, this is the one to get.
March 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rockdoctor Fly Fishing Handbook
Excellent book. I already had a personal copy which I read cover to cover. This copy was for an avid fishing friend.
May 18, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by Mmguide LL Bean Fly-Fishing Handbook
Great pictures, index, and it is written for the newbie (me) and for those that need to brush up on what they had forgotten. Well written and helpful.
If you have been fly fishing for a long time, then probably you already own this book.
March 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hilow A Must Have Book
From beginner to advanced -- this handbook has something for everyone. From knots, to insect entymology, to fly tying - to casting lessons covering a dozen styles of tosses -- this is a good book.
Attractively illustrated with high quality photography, a handbook that has everything -- even a page that helps the beginning angler identify the size of his fly hooks.
Great for holiday and birthday gifts for any fly fisherman.
September 30, 2009