The tips, all of them, are tips you'll actually use. The kind that, once you apply them, make you blink and go, "Wow—why didn't I think of that?"
The illustrations and photos make this book much better than it would be without them—some things just show better than tell. And for many things, a combination of telling and showing is ideal. This book contains lots of telling-and-showing tips.
When the book was finished, all 365 tips researched, written, and polished, I had some left over. The leftovers were excellent tips, but they could be expressed well in so few words that they didn't fit in with the others. Besides, the other, longer tips were gems—I couldn't let any of them go. So I checked with my editor and she let me add these dandy little leftover ones in, here and there, and call them "Bonus Tips." That's right, they're extras, a gift to you.
There's stuff in here on selecting flies wisely and making sense of all the various fly types, on improving your casting and adding new casts (casting—so important. How else do you get your fly out in front of a fish?). There are deadly fishing techniques of all sorts clearly presented, there's info on how to find fish (usually fish gather only in certain places), there's instruction on how to make up effective rigs, and on and on the list goes. As I said: stuff you'll use.
So read, learn, understand, improve, and, most of all, enjoy. Enjoyment: that's really the main reason for taking up fly fishing. These tips will make your fishing go smoothly, provide insight so that you know what to do and why, and put more fish on your line—what's more enjoyable than that?
365 proven tips and 34 bonus tips (a total of 399 tips)
300 color photographs
59 color and 8 black-and-white illustrations
Fish symbols by each tip clarify which fish, or fishes, the tip applies to