Information Sources for Beginning Fly Fishers

Beginning fly fishers may find the following information useful. The sources listed are, by far, not the only sources available, but we believe they are not a bad place to start. Most of the books and DVDs are available at the Georgetown Public Library (many were donated to the library by the San Gabriel Fly Fishers). Most of these books and DVDs are also available at

Introduction to fly fishing

  • San Gabriel Fly Fishers Introduction to Fly Fishing edited by our own Rod Viator
  • Book: “L. L. Bean Fly-Fishing Handbook” by Dave Whitlock (Georgetown Library call number: 799.124 WHIT)
  • Book: “The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide” by Tom Rosenbauer (Georgetown Library call number: 799.124 ROSE)
  • DVD: “Beginnings“ Starring: Mel Krieger (Georgetown Library call number: 799.124 BEGI)

Fly Casting

  • One of the best ways to learn fly casting is to take lessons from a qualified instructor. The Federation of Fly Fishers has a program to test instructors; the ones who pass are called “Certified Instructors”. You can find CIs through the Instructor Certification tab of the Federation of Fly Fishers web site.
  • DVD: “The Essence of Flycasting” Starring Mel Krieger (Georgetown Library call number: 799.124 ESSE)

Fly Tying

  • Book: ”Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple“ by Skip Morris (Georgetown Library call number: 799.124 MORR)
  • DVD: ”Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple“ by Skip Morris (Georgetown Library call number: 799.124 FLY)

Local Places to fish

  • Book: “Flyfisher‘s Guide to Texas“ by Phil H. Shook (Georgetown Library call number: 799.124 SHOO)
  • Our own web site‘s Local fishing Spots map has markers for several local fishing spots


  • The club has two rods, fully rigged, available for loan to new members. Contact the club president if you would like to use one of these rods.
  • A good choice for local fishing is a 9 foot 5 weight rod with weight forward floating line.

Local tackle shops

  • Sportsmanís Finest. A well equipped fly shop with a knowledgeable and helpful staff, including two fly casting Certified Instructors.

    12434 Bee Cave Road (1/2 block from HWY. 71)
    Austin, TX 78738

  • Living Waters Fly Fishing

    309 West Main Street , Suite #110
    Round Rock, TX