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Sportsmen have plenty of new books to choose from

| Friday, May 4, 2007

This past week was made for sportsmen.

Temperatures were mild, the sun's was shining and the bugs that will swell the sales of insect repellant later this year were manageable.

If you like to fish, it's a great time to be outside.

Come evening, though, you might want to check out some of the new fishing books that just hit the market.

First, any sportsmen who's ever picked up a copy of Field & Stream has undoubtedly heard of H.G. Tapply, the author of the famous "Tap's Tips" column.

What some may not know is that Tapply's son, William, also is an accomplished writer.

A professor of writing and an author of 22 mystery novels, William Tapply also has written 10 books on hunting and fishing. His newest is "Trout Eyes: True Tales of Adventure, Travel and Fly Fishing."

As the title implies, this book isn't meant to teach you how to catch fish. You will, though, learn about the experience of fishing -- for brookies in New England, big browns in the Rockies or bonefish on a saltwater flat.

Another book in the same vein is "Zane Grey on Fishing," edited by Terry Mort. Born in Ohio, Grey made his way to the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied to be a dentist like his father.

When that career proved more boring than he could stand, he took up his pen and became well known as the author of dozens of western novels, like "Riders of the Purple Sage."

He was so successful, he was able to circle the globe, fishing along the way. He wrote stories of his adventures -- the best of which are contained in this book. Grey discusses everything from smallmouths on Pennsylvania's Lackawaxen Creek to marlin and tuna in the oceans.

If you're looking for some instruction, "BASS: Proven Strategies, Skills and Secrets for Catching More and Bigger Largemouth Bass," "How To Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life" and "Freshwater Fly Fishing" are all worth a look.

In its early pages, "BASS" focuses on the gamefish themselves -- what they eat, how they eat and when they spawn.

The majority of the book, however, is all about how to catch bass. What you get is a lot of pictures and tips on everything from lures and knots to rigging and casting techniques.

"How To Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life" by Landon Mayer is just what it says -- a book full of techniques for finding, hooking and landing trophy trout. Mayer is a full-time fly fishing guide from Colorado. His focus is on catching fish in the five- to 15-pound class.

He offers tips on where to seek big trout, how to approach them and how to fight them once they're on your line, for example.

"Freshwater Fly Fishing" was written and published by New York writer Robert W. Streeter. It covers the usual warmwater species like panfish and bass, but also has chapters on fly fishing for carp, walleyes, pike and muskies.

Each species gets its own treatment, in terms of their life cycles and preferred foods and flies. There are instructions for tying a variety of warmwater flies, too.

Finally, "Kaufman's Field Guide to the Insects of North America" isn't a fishing book per se. If you're a fly tier with an eye for creating buggy-looking creations -- of if you just like bugs -- this book is a good resource.

Every kind of bug, beetle, moth, ant and fly you might encounter along the stream or in the woods is listed, complete with a color drawing and details on its range, abundance and behaviors.

New fishing books

• "Trout Eyes: True Tales of Adventure, Travel and Fly Fishing," 240-page hardback, published by Skyhorse Publishing. Suggested retail price: $24.95.

• "Zane Grey on Fishing," 268-page paperback with photos of some of Gray's fishing exploits, published by The Lyons Press. Suggested retail price: $16.95.

• "BASS: Proven Strategies, Skills and Secrets for Catching More and Bigger Largemouth Bass," 160-page paperback published by Shady Oak Press. Suggested retail price: $14.95.

• "Freshwater Fly Fishing," 151-page paperback available from Robert Street, 691 Stoner Trail Road, Fonda, NY 12068 or . Suggested retail price: $19.95.

• "How To Catch the Biggest Trout of Your Life," 159-page hardback with color photos, published by Wild River Press. Suggested retail price: $29.95.

• "Kaufman's Field Guide to the Insects of North America," 392-page paperback, published by Houghton Mifflin. Suggested retail price: $18.95.

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