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Stillwater Fly-Fishing Secrets – Book Review


Stillwater Fly-Fishing by Hal W. Janssen: Purchase here

Fly-Fishing Hall of Fame inductee Hal Janssen shares his 60+ years of on-the-water experience and reveals his secrets for success.

* 288 pages
* Each pattern is Hal’s personal go-to fly for given situations
* Beautifully illustrated by Hal
* Special foreword by Russell Chatham

April 4, 2014 (Sonoma, CA): This book contains 288 pages stuffed full of straight-forward facts, tips, and secrets. Whether you are a beginner or an expert you will be amazed by Hal’s keen observations and the simple ways he applies this knowledge to catch trout.

Hal has written over 25 articles for leading fly-fishing magazines. He has contributed to 21 books as both artist and author. Hal gained broad recognition as an instructor for his stillwater fly-fishing seminars and schools, and has entertained thousands in fly club presentations, as a member of the Coors Outdoor Team, and Ed Rice’s International Sportsman’s Exposition Pro Staff. He helped found the Diablo Valley Fly Fishers Club and is a fisheries consultant to conservation groups. Hal’s book “Stillwater Fly-Fishing Secrets” is full of never before available Stillwater information, revolutionary fly patterns and instruction on how to tie and fish them.

Pro Review – Leland’s Burke White

Put me on a standard trout stream and in a short bit, I’ll confidently find the promising waters to fish. Put me on a trout-filled lake and my palms will start to sweat. To me a lake seems too vast, too wide, too deep…where the heck are the fish?

I’ve known Hal for a very long time. He and his wife used to run a fly fishing company that distributed all the little goodies we fly anglers just had to have. Long before the internet, when a fly shop needed to replenish the shelves, they simply called the Janssens. These friendly people would take the order and talk a little fishing. I learned a ton just talking to Hal over the phone.

So when Hal’s book came out, I knew I had to read it. It’s funny, I can hear Hal’s voice in my ear as I read his words. He’s truly a master when it comes to stillwater trout fishing. He can dissect a vast body of water and quickly determine where the trophy fish are, at what depth they should be, what flies to attach to what leader and what line. His book gives me the confidence to fish the many lakes I often overlook.

I’ll make this one easy. If you’re looking for a good book to read, you’ll like this one. If you’re looking catch monster trout on a fly rod, you’ll like this one. And, if you want to read the writing of a master angler and just plain good guy, you’ll like “Stillwater Fly-Fishing Secrets”.