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Author: Don Holbrook & Ed Koch
Publisher: STACKPOLE BOOKS, Sep 2001
Groundbreaking research on matching midge naturals. Step-by-step tying sequences for dozens of new patterns. Hatch charts & extensive catalog of patterns. 290 color photos; 7x9 inches, 128 pgs.
REVIEWS Excerpts from Fly Fisherman Magazine's September, 2001
*** "Holbrook immediately sets the tone of 'Midge Magic' with his surprisingly nontechnical approach to fishing tactics and tackle."
*** "Holbrook's advice on nymphing is accurate as much for technique as it is a tonic for the obsessiveness of our sport: 'Watch the line, but don't stare at it. It can mesmerize you. You could lose your footing, and you'll miss the birds and trees and other nice things around you. In other words, relax. You're here to enjoy yourself.'"
*** "Midge guru Ed Koch pipes up in these chapters to provide the angler who wants more technical talk some more information on gear-related issues, and his input balances the chapters nicely."
*** "This book teaches by doing, and the extensive journal entries and imitative patterns provide a model for the ambitious angler to follow, though the author doesn't force this model on the reader. The chapter, 'Matching the Midge' begins, 'To start with, I'm not going to tell you that you have to do this.' This is all part of the book's power--the author earns your ear with content, not volume."
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
No one has studied midges more intently than Don Holbrook. For 25 years he has scoured the limestone streams of central Pennsylvania, gathering and cataloging specimens, studying them under the microscope, and creating patterns to match every nuance of color, structure, and size. No one is as adept at fishing midges as Ed Koch, who literally wrote the book on the subject. Holbrook and Koch here combine to present the definitive work on tying and fishing the tiny naturals with which you can catch trout virtually all year long.
Don Holbrook has a degree in chemistry from Marshall University and works in water purification. This is his first book. Ed Koch, author of Fishing the Midge, and co-author of Terrestrials and Basic Fly Tying, is a fly-fishing guide, writer, and lecturer.