The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing

The definitive and comprehensive guide to fishing small trout streams throughout North America. Tired of the famous and crowded rivers, today’s anglers have a greater desire to get close to nature while staying closer to home. The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing provides all the information for finding and fishing unspoiled gems found everywhere from wilderness areas to suburban backyards. These often overlooked streams are abundant throughout the United States, and range from the Appalachians—from Maine to Georgia—to northern Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, the Black Hills of South Dakota, the entire Rocky Mountain region from Montana to northern Arizona, and the Cascade and Sierra Nevada ranges. As more fishing is done close to home, small trout streams, or third-order streams as described by hydrologists, are thirty times as abundant as the bigger, more famous trout streams and most of them are on public land, making them more accessible. This beautifully illustrated and definitive resource explains the small stream environment, how to find these streams, how small-stream trout behave, how to read the water, special casts, fly selection, and how to present the fly in all types of small streams. With this book, anglers can find and catch wild trout far off the beaten path.

About The Author

Tom Rosenbauer is a lifelong fly fisher and has been named 2011 Angler of the Year by Fly Rod & Reel Magazine. The list of recent winners—including John Betts, Bruce Richards, Ted Leeson, Yvon Chouinard, and Tom McGuane—is evidence of the experience and level of expertise required to earn this honor.
Tom has taught tens of thousands of anglers everything from how to tie on a fly to the best way to fool the most finicky trout. He has hosted fly-fishing shows on TV and his podcast, “The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide,” is one of the most popular outdoor titles on iTunes. He has worked with The Orvis Company in Vermont for more than 30 years. Rosenbauer is the author of countless magazine articles, and ten books including: The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, which between 1984 and 2007 sold more than 300,000 copies; and The Orvis Fly-Tying Guide, published in 2003, has sold 18,000 copies.

  • Publish Date: April 12, 2011
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Sports & Recreation - Fishing
  • Publisher: Universe
  • Trim Size: 8-1/2 x 11
  • Pages: 208
  • US Price: $45.00
  • CDN Price: $60.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-7893-2225-8


“Would I suggest you get this book and add it to your personal library? Without a doubt I would say if you do not you would be making a mistake! Go ahead, purchase this book and read it cover to cover or scan the contents for subjects you might be interested in. You will see an increase in your fishing pleasure and maybe find some solitude even on a busy weekend away from the madding crowds.”

“I can say without hesitation that I know of no one better qualified to write the essential primer on fly-fishing small streams than Tom Rosenbauer. I learned something on every page of this book.” ~James R. Babb, Editor, Gray’s Sporting Journal

“A comprehensive guide to fishing small trout streams throughout North America.”
~Publishers Weekly

“I learned from this book, and I’ve been inspired. In an age where fly-fishing books are constantly flooding to the market, I’m hesitant to call any work the ‘final work’ on a subject. But if you’re planning to write the ideal tome about fly fishing small streams, you need to find another topic. Tom Rosenbauer has already written that book.” Hatches Fly Tying Magazine

"Perhaps your favorite angler just needs a nudge to get him to explore new waters? That’s the premise behind Orvis’s beautifully illustrated, tip-packed Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing." ~Outside Magazine

"Highly recommended: Tom Rosenbauer avoided aiming his book at the fishing novice or small stream expert and the reason for this is what makes the book remarkable: there is useful information on every page, for every level of angler. The book goes beyond being a small stream manual that’s packed with technical information: its real value lies in the fact that it will really encourage you to get out there, seek out a small stream - and fish it." ~Fly Fishing Insider

Author Bookshelf: Tom Rosenbauer