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Nymphs, Stoneflies, Caddisflies, and Other Important Insects: Volume 2: Including the Lesser Mayflies: Caddisflies, Stoneflies, and Other Important Species, Including the Lesser Mayflies v. 2 Hardcover – 1 Aug 2007

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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; Rev Exp edition (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599210983
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599210988
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 5.1 x 27.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,344,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ernest G. Schwiebert, Jr.'s first book, Matching the Hatch, which appeared in 1955, is considered an angling classic and coined the phrase, "match the hatch." Before he was thirty, he fished the major rivers of Europe and South America as well as the waters of the United States and Canada, and gained world-wide recognition as an authoritative writer-conservationist, artist, and angler. Life magazine profiled him shortly after he published Matching the Hatch.Schwiebert began to write and publish numerous and important magazine articles on fly-fishing through the 1960s and '70s, and his later books included Nymphs, 1973, and his two-volume Trout, 1978. Paul Schullery's American Fly Fishing, A History includes fourteen references to Schwiebert's books. A frequent public speaker, Schwiebert served as a pioneer in the fishery conservation movement in America and helped found Trout Unlimited, the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, and the Federation of Fly Fishers. He served on the scientific advisory boards of TU, FFF and The Nature Conservancy, and was a Director of the TGF. In 1997, he received the International Wild Trout Symposium's A. Starker Leopold Award for his conservation efforts.He died on December 11, 2005, and was survived by his wife, Sara, and son, Erik.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
masterpiece 12 Sept. 2007
By P. Marzinotto - Published on Amazon.com
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Ernie, is an enlightened flyfisher and writer. The narrative is beautiful so are the colour plates of nymphs in the centerpages.
I was a bit disappointed in the lack of photography.
Lots of dressings throughout the book which could do with a photo of the pattern.
I regard this book as a must have althgough I feel it could be well embellished by addition of colour photography.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Unbelievably comprehensive volume! A masterpiece. 1 Oct. 2009
By Bobandy - Published on Amazon.com
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Ernest Schwiebert originally published this monumental work in 1973, never fully satisfied that it was complete and up-to-date. He continued to work on it for 30 years until his death, and never ceased to improve, create, and record new illustrations, ideas, and fly patterns. Fortunately, his son picked up where he left off and provided us with this new (2007) volume that includes all the work Ernest had put into the ever-evolving treatise on aquatic insects that trout eat. The figures are stunning. The text is rich and full of pertinent scientific information, fishing stories, and ideas about how and why the imitations work. Simply put, this book is the bible of nymph fishing information. You will not read it in one sitting. You won't get through it in a week. Not a month. Probably most useful as a reference book, or something that you can gradually wade through over a couple of seasons, the knowledge and learnings of 30+ years on the water and in the lab are something that will truly astound and impress you.
This book should definitely be in the library of any angler who wants to learn more about the wonderfully cryptic and colorful world of subaquatic insects. It would be a perfect gift for any fly fisher and I cannot recommend it enough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nymphs, Volumes I & II 4 Jun. 2008
By F. E. Meek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This pair of books is a lovely final chapter in the incomparable legacy of Ernest Schwiebert. Although he died before finishing this master work, his very capable son, Erik, finished the project with the help of a who's who of entomolgists, biologists and many others in the scientific community. It is a serious angling work, "...intended, after all, for an audience of serious anglers." And, it should be noted that this abundance of information is provided, couched comfortably in the author's mellifluous tales and his resonant, implacable voice.
These books should be on any serious anglers shelf, period. And, if you are not serious, then these books might make you so.
Science, literature, and art, all in one book 14 Oct. 2009
By Bobandy - Published on Amazon.com
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Ernie Schwiebert was a true renaissance man. He enjoyed art, science, history, food, fishing, and life. I never met him, but through his writing, I feel as if I somehow know him. Not only has he fished many of the same places I've found myself, but he's travelled globally in pursuit of his passions. This book is much more than simply a pattern book, or a book on entomology. It is a veritable journey around the globe, through time, and alongside the most prominent (and not-so prominent) fly-fishers in history. Thoroughly enjoyable, but also exactingly precise, this tome will keep you reading for years to come. The patterns are practical and numerous. Do you need all of them? No. Well...probably not...unless you encounter very specific conditions. But if you pay close attention to the water, as Schwiebert has demonstrated, more times than not, those "special circumstances" may become the norm.

This volume is a hugely expanded version of Ernie Schwiebert's 1973 volume. His son Eric picked up the slack left after Ernie's passing in 2005. Erik finished the book, and with the help of others who loved Ernie, got this masterful volume published in 2007. Astonishingly, Ernie Schwiebert had never stopped working on new art, new text, and new experiences in all those 33 years. The man is an inspiration! His artistic style is impecable and the color plates are worthy of being framed. I only wish the images were larger...but then I might be tempted to rip them out and hang them on the wall...so perhaps little is best.

If you are passionate about fly fishing, or ecology, or even history, or just plain good stories...this book and its companion volume (Vol. 2) are well worth your time. These books encompass the life of a man who lived more in one lifetime than most of us even dare to dream for. You're life WILL be richer for sampling from this masterpiece.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I really love this book 18 Jan. 2008
By Half-Hitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is no dry treatise on entomology. The stories and anecdotes in this delightfully entertaining tome have made this one of my most cherished books in my fly-fishing library. It is not something to be read in one sitting, however; more on the order of something to be savored over the years.

If you are wondering if this is a book for you, go to the library and sample it. If you are like me, you will have a difficult time putting it down.

Of course the book is (obviously) primarily a highly technical reference book; I am unashamed to admit being completely unqualified to review this aspect of the book.
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