1976 1st edition. 4to (179 x 259mm). Ppviii,184. B/w photographs, illustrations by Dave Whitlock.
"Since nymphs comprise more than 90 percent of a trout's normal diet, nymph imitations are potentially the most effective flies for trout - particularly large fish that rarely feed on the surface. Yet nymph fishing remains one of the most difficult and demanding forms of fly-fishing, often shrouded in mystery or half knowledge. [This book] is a down-to-earth, practical, and highly perceptive book for all fly-fishermen who want to improve their skills." Chapters include; becoming a nymph fisherman; the problem of identification; characteristic nymphs, larvae, and crustaceans; tackle for nymph fishing; prelude to nymph fishing; the Skues method; the Hewitt method; the Sawyer method; the Leisenring lift; the rising-to-the-surface method; the upstream method; the continuous drift; the life nymph method; the pot-shooting method; the Brooks method; the leftovers; nymphing for larger trout; nymph patterns and materials; the roundup.