Dapping: The Exciting Way of Fishing Flies that Fly, Quiver and Jump

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Stackpole Books, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 138 pages
  • A thorough introduction to a unique and often overlooked method of fly fishing
  • How to tie and use dapping flies: stoneflies, dragonflies, craneflies, grass shrimp, minnows, Catskill flies, and Irish and Scottish flies
  • Photos, recipes, and step-by-step instructions for tying the flies

    Proclaimed as the easiest way to fly-fish--the wind carries the blowline, which carries the fly to the fish--dapping is all but unknown in North America, yet it is extraordinarily popular in Ireland and Scotland. The dapper uses the wind, even a breeze, to carry the blowline that carries a fly that flies, quivers, and jumps exactly like the living insect. And dapping drives trout, bass, salmon, and other gamefish wild with desire.

    In this first and only book published in the United States exclusively on the subject of dapping, Robert Boyle examines this unusual but highly effective technique, giving details on how to rig and fish a dapping rod equipped with the proper reel, backing, blowline, and short leader. He describes the proven flies to use, along with the materials needed and the tying procedures.


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    About the author (2006)

    Robert Hamilton Boyle Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 21, 1928. He received a bachelor's degree in history in 1949 from Trinity College and a master's degree in history and international affairs from Yale University. During the Korean War, he served as a second lieutenant in the Marines with the Atlantic fleet. He became a writer for United Press, and joined Time Inc. in 1954. He helped found the Fishermen's Association in 1966, which evolved into Riverkeeper in 1983. He left the organization in 2000. He also wrote for Sports Illustrated. He wrote several books including Sport, Mirror of American Life; The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural History; The Water Hustlers written with John Graves and T. H. Watkins; At the Top of Their Game: Profiles from Sports Illustrated of Remarkable Sportsmen and Experts, Champions and Men of Gusto; Acid Rain written with Alexander Boyle; and Dapping: The Exciting Way of Fishing Flies That Fly, Quiver and Jump. He died from cancer on May 19, 2017 at the age of 88.

    Photographer Kathryn Belous-Boyle lives with her husband, Robert H. Boyle, on a farm in Cooperstown, New York.

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