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No Hackle Spinner Carl Richards and I had no idea when we wrote “Selective Trout” in 1971, it would become the best-selling fly fishing book of all time. 

Back in those days, all we were interested in was taking close-up color photographs of the aquatic insects trout fed on. We wanted to observe these photos so we could tie better flies.


Standard patterns, in that era, simply didn’t cut it for match the hatch situations. Well, one thing led to another. We quickly discovered, to make our study complete, we had to buy such things as expensive cameras, scuba suits, aquariums, microscopes and books on entomology. Traveling from coast to coast to check out various trout waters was also part of the plan. Within two years, we had plenty of information for a book. The rest is history.


Selective Trout by Swisher/RichardsIf you’re interested in learning more about No-Hackles and other contemporary flies you might want to take a peek at “Selective Trout”.  I’d recommend the 30th Anniversary Edition. 


It’s got everything: 120 color photographs, dozens of gorgeous illustrations by Dave Whitlock, the Super Hatches and Keys to the Species for Mayflies, Caddisflies and Stoneflies plus lots of Fly Tying Instructions.


“Selective Trout” was about having the right fly. Unfortunately, if you can’t cast and make good presentation, you don’t have much of a chance of being a successful fly fisherman, so we decided to write a second book, “Fly Fishing Strategy”. It covers all aspects of fly casting and presentation and was the basis for my 3M Fly Fishing Videos.


Other Swisher/Richards books include “Back Country Fly Fishing” and “Emergers”.  


May Fly - Fly FishingIf you’re interested in Fly Casting and Fly Fishing,  I suggest the #1 selling 3M Video, now DVD's “Basic Fly Casting” plus Advanced Fly Casting”.



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