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Bass bug fishing
Tapply, William G.
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Publication Information:
New York : Lyons Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 142 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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SH681 .T345 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A guide to top-water fly fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, covering everything anyone needs to know to enjoy the thrill of bass bug fishing.

Author Notes

William G. Tapply was born in Waltham, Massachusetts on July 16, 1940. He graduated from Harvard University in 1963. He wrote more than 40 books during his lifetime including the Brady Coyne mysteries series, the Stoney Calhoun Novel series, and numerous non-fiction books about fly fishing and the outdoors. He was also a contributing editor for Field and Stream, a columnist for American Angler, and part of The Writer magazine editorial board. He was an English professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and ran The Writers Studio at Chickadee Farm with his wife Vicki Stiefel. He died on July 28, 2009 after a battle with leukemia.

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Booklist Review

Before bass boats, cable television, and big-money tournaments, anglers pursued bass with fly rods and large flies made of deer hair. In his first angling how-to, Tapply, fishing essayist and author of the Brady Coyne mysteries, introduces anglers to the bass bug revival. He eloquently explains the pleasures of bass bugging and offers a fascinating history of the technique, used by Native Americans before the arrival of Europeans. He also covers such specifics as how to tie 10 bass-bug fly patterns; how to cast and retrieve these very large flies; and what equipment and tackle are required. The bulleted arrangement of the text occasionally gets in the way of Tapply's clear and congenial prose, but the value of the information outweighs the sometimes awkward presentation. With bass fisheries in every part of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and the number of bass anglers growing daily, this solid instructional is sure to find an eager audience. --John Rowen