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DRY FLY OBSESSION BY LUIS MEANA
A few weeks ago, a book was published by a man who over the years has inspired us at SCALE with his articles about catching massive trout: Luis Meana. The father of two who lives in Pinto, a municipality in the Community of Madrid, Spain, is a passionate fly fisherman and professional guide who is a dedicated dry fly fishing man. Through the course of his life, he has developed his very own style, working with very long, thin leaders and small flies, such as the Pardón de Meana, named after him. His fishing is done in some of the most interesting Spanish trout rivers, but he has also been able to use his technique very successfully in many other countries. If you allow yourself to be guided by Luis, you will quickly notice that he rarely accepts any other methods than the dry fly and advises you to say goodbye to nymphs or streamers all together.
The richly illustrated, large-format book (25 x 30 cm) DRY FLY OBSESSION is not only a heavyweight when it comes to content: The tome weighs in at around 1.5 kg. In six different chapters, Luis Meana takes its readers in detail through even the smallest detail of his passion. The first chapter is dedicated to the author’s general thoughts on fly fishing. From there he goes into detail about fishing with dry flies in particular. The second chapter gives an overview of the materials Meana uses to tie his flies, some of which are unique. In the third chapter, the author lets us in on his fishing strategies and explains, for example, how he “reads” a body of water or approaches a fish correctly. The fourth chapter takes the reader to Meana’s home country, Spain, which I find particularly interesting, as the country has hardly played a role among anglers in modern fly fishing. I have only once fished myself in the estuary of a river near Seville targeting mullet. It came as a surprise to me that one of the most popular summer holiday destination in the world, has so many beautiful watercourses with a wealth of different fish species. The cover, for example, was taken on the Rio Eume in Galicia. Chapter five is about the development of the fly pattern Pardón de Meana, named after the author, which is tied with original feathers from the Coq de Leon. A fly design which cannot be missed from my fly box since Luis’ article at SCALE. In the sixth and last chapter of the book, the reader accompanies the author on his fishing trips in various stories, which – half fiction, half reality – introduce you to the author’s angling philosophy. (sal)
After “Pardón de Meana and the feather of Gallo de León”, this is the second book by Luis Meana. It has just been published and is available in English and Spanish and should not be missing in any collection. It can be ordered from