Trout Foods & Flies For Livingston's Spring Creeks


As 2020 marks the 10th guide season, I'd like to introduce my own self-published book with pride and confidence.

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There are a couple of reasons and background stories for the development of this project. There may be a few books that help spring creek anglers, regarding techniques and likely situations. However, there's NONE, within my knowledge, that focuses and discusses insects = trout food sources. One technique book may discuss PMD hatches but there are other mayflies in the creeks. How about midges? How about aquatic organisms? Then, when are they available? How do they look like? Some experienced anglers who visit particular periods of the year repeatedly would know what to expect and which flies to use. However, I have guided all levels of anglers and there are many other anglers with various individual levels who come to fish the creeks any time of the year. "What's hatching?" and "what flies are working?" must be the two most common sentences spoken after greeting words. Besides I've been working for my clients at creeks, I've been trying to be helpful and informative at my blogs, online articles, and YouTube (tying instructions and how to use those flies). And I've been photographing and posting those pictures. 

Then I suddenly realized I have accumulated so many numbers of informative and unique pictures of insects that have been collected by kick-seines, air-screens, and stomach-pumps. Based on those I have been developing truly imitative and effective flies. One media is not simply enough or capable to summarize. This was the formation of the book project. 

In early summer of 2019, before my guide season really kicked off, I was frantically working on the web service to make a photo book. For what? I just wanted to see where it would go. It looked OK. I came up with the first ever compilation of all: insects-flies-materials all in one media. I ordered a dozen copies with my own cost and gifted to some people I work with on creeks. Knowing each other and working together, I knew they wouldn't flatter but give me their honest opinions and critiques. Their reviews were very positive and encouraging. One of them told me "someone should have done long time ago". 

As I made collections and improvements, I also found more pictures, some even better ones, in my computer. I'd been revising whenever I had time. As 2019 guide season ended, and as I plan Fly Fishing Shows & Expos that I consider to attend, I started to look for the way to print and mass-produce. I came across a printing company that I could make a deal with. As much as I could lower the cost of printing, I didn't want to compromise the quality of pictures and paper. I wanted the best quality & colors for my pictures and I wanted them on good paper that won't tear down when anglers read repeatedly or leave in their vehicles. 

Here it is. It's an 8-inch x 8-inch (about 20cm) soft-bound. But it's made with really strong paper, much stronger and thicker than typical brochure paper.  Not to mention, most importantly, pictures are reproduced with the best quality and colors available. It's 40 pages including front and back covers. Within this relatively small volume, it covers all the insects and food sources. 

This book will never meant to be "revealing secrets" sort of. Words and pictures are based on stream observations that others may come up with also if they spend on creeks for countless hours. The book contains a few pages with tips and information other than insects or flies. But this is not a "how-to-fish" book. At spring creeks, each day can offer a different situation and call for various techniques. How to figure out the situations and to get trout are totally up to anglers. I recommend every one to visit creeks as many as time allows. And ideally with a "teaching guide" who specializes in spring creeks and can explain situations and techniques. 

Above being said, this is NOT an Entomology book per se. This book does NOT deal with Latin names = scientific names or classifications. It's meant to be practical, filled with words spoken by spring creek anglers and guides. 

Again, this is the first ever compilation of insects-flies-materials all in one place. It means a lot to me. Then scoping back my picture folders, I realized 2020 marks my 10th guide season and I spent so many days on spring creeks. Indeed this can be the summary of my decade of guiding. 

Book is $20 per copy plus $5 flat rate shipping & handling. 

Here are a couple of ways to order:

  • I set up an online store - I will soon add Atlantic salmon fly frames too - for the secure & convenient transaction by Ecwid & Square

  • You are welcome to email me and I can send you an online invoice via Square that you can pay online with your credit card. If someone orders a huge amount of copies, say for a fishing club or group of friends, I would require the extra shipping fee. In that case, I would use this option also. 

  • Good old trusty check is welcome!! Email me with inquires along with your contact information. I can only send out after I receive the check so that will add a few to several days, compared to online methods above. 

  • For locals and fishermen who are or will be at creeks, meeting up and cash transaction will save $5 S&H fee

Each copy will be autographed and dated. 

I only printed limited number of copies.

If it sells and I feel demands, I may consider the second batch. But either way, I know I won't make billions. I just sincerely hope this book will help all levels of anglers on spring creeks.

Faithfully Yours,

Satoshi Yamamoto, Montana Outfitter & Guide