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Tap's tips : practical advice for all outdoorsmen everywhere
Tapply, H. G. (Horace G.), 1910-
Uniform Title:
Sportsman's notebook and Tap's tips
Publication Information:
Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, 2003.
Physical Description:
xii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Originally published: The sportsman's notebook and Tap's tips. New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 1950.
Subject Term:

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SK33 .T36 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
SK33 .T36 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SK33 .T36 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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A real veteran of the outdoors, H. G. Tapply writes from the direct, down-to-earth viewpoint of one who has "been there, done it". He denies being an expert in any sense of the word, but he is nevertheless a walking encyclopedia on virtually every phase of outdoor sport and writes with the true ring of authority on all aspects of fishing, hunting, camping, dog training, fly tying, and woodcraft.

With a new introduction written by his son, William G. Tapply, Tap's Tips thoroughly spans the tricks experts use, such as:
o hooking trout with flies.
o catching bass, pike, salmon, and panfish with lures and bait.
o selecting the right tackle.
o cleaning and cooking fish.
o getting more pleasure from a day on the water.
o hunting upland game birds, ducks, small game, big game, and varmints.
o handling guns (with a shooting tip practically guaranteed to make you a better wingshot).
o boating.
o choosing the companions that can make or break a trip into the woods.

Tapply's narrative skill makes reading this book almost as enjoyable as actually hooking a good-sized trout or watching a bird dog stiffen to a solid point on a cornered pheasant.

Author Notes

H. G. Tapply, renowned Field & Stream associate editor and editor-in-chief of three national sporting magazines, was also one of the cofounders of The Salt Water Sportsman. Founding member of the New England Outdoor Writer's Association, he published two previous books, several stories, and national magazine and encyclopedia articles. However, fishing and hunting were "strictly for the fun of it."

William G. Tapply is an accomplished author of mystery novels and outdoor sports books including Upland Days, Pocket Water, and The OrvisĀ® Pocket Guide to Fly Fishing for Bass. He is also a Field & Stream contributing editor and writing professor at Emerson College and Clark University. He lives in Hancock, New Hampshire.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Tapply is the father of William G., author of the Brady Coyne mysteries. The essays in this charming handbook originally appeared in Field and Stream and were published in book form in 1964. They appear here with an introduction by the author's son, which includes a graceful biographical sketch of his father and insightful commentary on outdoor writing. Nearly two-thirds of the book concerns all types of freshwater fishing and tackle, with advice on hunting and hunting dogs, outdoor cookery, and the vagaries of the weather taking up the remainder. Tapply's writing remains lively and relevant; his fishing tips, in particular, are still useful. His simple and accessible prose combines keen observation and a commonsensical point of view. There is a timelessness to this book that makes its reprinting all the more welcome. An indispensable little volume for outdoor collections. --John Rowen Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Designed to resemble the ubiquitous Farmers' Almanac, this newest guide by Tapply collects outdoor advice culled from his articles in Field & Stream. Tapply imparts friendly and practical wisdom and anecdotes on subjects ranging from fly-fishing for trout ("When fishing in discolored water or at night, cut your leader back to a heavier diameter") and basic tackle maintenance ("You can prevent loose hoods from scattering all over your tackle box by putting a small magnet in the compartment with them") to hunting bird ("High-velocity loads don't belong in the upland gunner's pocket") and keeping your boots tight ("Lace the boots halfway through... and tie off with a square not"). With hand-drawn illustrations by Walter Dower and an introduction by Tapply's son William, the manual contains hundreds of useful tips, all presented in an appropriately folksy tone. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.