...I have taken it upon myself to explain, as best I can, the simplicities of fly-fishing and perhaps a few of its lesser complexities...a little instruction and explanation can...make a competent performer instead of a frustrated beginner."" Within these self-set limits the experienced author (Fisherman's Spring, Fisherman's Summer, etc.) has done a thorough job of introduction. His advice is firm, with reasons given for his recommendations whether he is discussing one sort of rod over another, what sort of fly line to use in going after various fish, or in describing the use and selection of flies. Although the tone is personal, the use of anecdotes is not obtrusive. The chapters on casting techniques are direct and brisk, as simple as any motion translated to words can be. Three chapters cover the different methods employed in fishing streams, lakes and salt water. Fly-tying is covered in a chapter and the book ends with a persuasive essay on the ethics and aesthetics of the sport.