Hey, have you gone fishing yet this year? No?

What’s that, you say you don’t know how to fish? Well, now that excuse is toast, thanks to today’s top Kindle pick: Dynamic Nymphing. (Don’t snicker at the title, it’s not a drama-erotic story.) It’s a fishing manual written by George Daniel, one of the world’s great anglers.

georgeGeorge is the perfect example of someone who’s an expert on one nonfiction topic (sometimes it’s a hobby, a pastime, a business technique — or in this case, a sport) who’s written about their life’s passion, and done a truly great job at it. George’s book sells quite briskly (especially at this time of the year) in hardcover at a list price of nearly $40. But today it’s free and it tops the Buffet, complete with all the full-color photographs from the hardcover.

I’ve known several people like George who are experts in one thing or another. Usually these folks are friendly, charming, great conversationalists, and they just love sharing their special knowledge. Unfortunately, many of these same folks can’t write worth beans. They just don’t have what it takes to write a good book — whether it’s patience, the available time, or simply the ability to put themselves in their readers’ place. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of wordiness — too many words that detract from their message. Anyway, I enjoy celebrating those times when someone has written a book — one book — that is truly outstanding, like George has.

George is one of the most authoritative and insightful anglers of his time, and is perhaps the best fly-fisherman in the world. His book covers advanced tight-line nymphing tactics, including Czech, Polish, French, Spanish, and American techniques. He covers rigging and fishing dry and droppers, curly Qs, and conventional indicators. And he discusses fishing in the extremes: shallow water, cold weather, high water, and wind. He includes casting and technique sequences that include tuck cast, bow and arrow cast, as well as elevating and leading when tight line nymphing.

George’s day job is assistant manager at TCO Fly Shop in State College, Pennsylvania. He conducts fly-fishing clinics for various groups and organizations across the United States. He was on the U.S. Fly Fishing Team from 2006 to 2010, placing fifth at the 2006 world championship and was also the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team coach in 2008 and 2009.

So if you plan on going fishing within the next several years — or you have an angler among your friends or family — don’t miss Dynamic Nymphing.

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Dynamic Nymphing: Tactics, Techniques, and Flies from Around the World

Sports & Outdoors > Hunting & Fishing
Author: George Daniel
Dynamic Nymphing: Tactics, Techniques, and Flies from Around the World

This book consolidates several top-producing nymphing techniques and presents them in a way that any angler can apply to their fishing. Covers European/Comp techniques as well as indicator nymphing and dry dropper rigs.

When you fish with dry flies, you can watch how the fly floats and make any necessary adjustments. When you are nymphing, you can’t always see your nymphs or underwater currents, so you often have to make an educated guess based on what you believe is happening below the surface. As you gain experience and use the right tools, reading the currents and making these adjustments becomes easier. Noticing these subtle differences is what separates good anglers from average ones.

Streams are dynamic systems. The speed and depth of a river are constantly changing, even when it looks uniform. One variation that’s important for an angler to be aware of is the difference in speed between the surface and the bottom of a river.

Child of Silence (Bo Bradley Mysteries, Book One)

Mystery > Women Sleuths
Author: Abigail Padgett
Child of Silence (Bo Bradley Mysteries, Book One)

Introduces the much-loved sleuth whose big heart and quirky wit help her deal with both an impossible job and a psychiatric disorder her Irish grandmother called “the sight.” An amateur artist, Bo would rather be painting, but when a child is in danger she risks everything, even her life.

Thirty miles east of San Diego, in the dusty heart of the California high desert, lies the Barona Ranch Indian Reservation. This is desolate country, marked by lone pines, winding canyons, and granite hills. It is here that the boy was found, tied to a mattress in an abandoned mountain shack.

The case is assigned to Bo Bradley, a child abuse investigator with San Diego’s juvenile court system. It is meaningful job, and it pays for Bo’s few indulgences, like her books on Indian lore and the huge canvasses for her paintings, based on ancient Native American rock drawings.

Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal

Romance > Regency
Author: Grace Burrowes
Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal

Lady Maggie Windham has secrets, and she’s been perfectly capable of keeping them…until now. When she’s threatened with exposure, she turns to investigator Benjamin Hazlit to keep catastrophe at bay. But Maggie herself intrigues Benjamin more than the riddle she’s set him to solve. As he uncovers more and more of her past, Maggie struggles to keep him at a distance, until they both begin to discover the truth in their hearts…


The Devil’s Fire: A Pirate Adventure Novel

Action & Adventure > Historical Fiction
Author: Matt Tomerlin
The Devil's Fire: A Pirate Adventure Novel

Katherine Lindsay, the pampered young wife of a wealthy ship captain, has left her leisurely life in London to accompany her husband to America. So far, their journey has been uneventful, even boring. But when ruthless pirates suddenly storm on board to plunder her husband’s riches, Katherine is one of the treasures they steal, sparking a bloody chain of events that will change the Caribbean forever. Pirate lovers will find no shortage of treachery, cutlass duels, ship-to-ship battles, buried treasure and much, much more.

Street Without Joy: The French Debacle In Indochina (Military History)

History > Military > Vietnam War
Author: Bernard B. Fall
Street Without Joy: The French Debacle In Indochina (Stackpole Military History Series)

Originally published in 1961, before the United States escalated its involvement in South Vietnam, this book offered a clear warning about what American forces would face in the jungles of Southeast Asia: a costly and protracted revolutionary war fought without fronts against a mobile enemy. In harrowing detail, it describes the brutality and frustrations of the Indochina War, the savage eight-year conflict-ending in 1954 after the fall of Dien Bien Phu-in which French forces suffered a staggering defeat at the hands of Communist-led Vietnamese nationalists.

With its frontline perspective, vivid reporting, and careful analysis, Street without Joy was required reading for policymakers in Washington and GIs in the field, and is now considered a classic.

I Hope You Find Me

Horror > Ghosts
Author: Trish Marie Dawson
I Hope You Find Me

Life for Riley ends when her young children die in her arms…victims of a global viral outbreak that claims the lives of everyone she’s ever known. Left to fend for herself with only a dog as her companion, she sets out on a journey to find others, leaving notes everywhere she goes…hoping that one day someone will come looking for her.

When Riley meets the handsome yet mysterious Connor on the streets of Downtown San Diego, they form a bond unlike either has experienced before. When the things that go bump in the night turn out to be more than nightmares, the trio sets off for the mountains in search of an isolated resort where they can hunker down, away from the ominous shadows of the dead city streets.

Tough Cookie (Maggie Sullivan mysteries)

Mystery > Historical
Author: M. Ruth Myers
Tough Cookie (Maggie Sullivan mysteries)

When Depression-era private eye Maggie Sullivan is invited to dine with a millionaire, she doesn’t expect the first course to be a gun in her face. It draws her into a gold-plated web of theft, revenge, double crosses and murder.

A big-time swindle has made fools of some of the city’s wealthiest businessmen. The man behind it has vanished. When Maggie begins asking questions, he reappears – dead in the river. But she’s already learned too much. Someone’s out to silence her too.

Armed with her .38 and a nip of gin, Maggie closes in on a killer as a mobster offers a hint, a cop unsettles her with his chemistry, and a woman with deadly potential plays a game by her own rules.


The Contract of Love

Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National
Author: José Chaves
The Contract of Love

Growing up with a Colombian father for whom magical realism was a way of life made ordinary reality feel like an immigrant experience for author Jose Chaves, who was born in the U.S. but—as his father would insist—“made in Colombia!”That experience comes alive like a movie on the page in this memoir about family that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Chaves’ straightforward style turns the familiar exotic and makes the unfamiliar feel like home as he takes readers on a cultural journey from small-town, muscle-car America to the Chaves family farm in Colombia, where the cow is named Lyndon Johnson, and an emotional journey from his father’s volatile world where unrequited love is sung out loud in restaurants, to a fraternity where the most important rule is to never reveal your feelings to another guy in public.

Man On Top: Lose Fat, Get Fit, and Control Your Weight For Life

Health, Fitness & Dieting
Author: Galina Ivanova Denzel, Roland Denzel
Man On Top: Lose Fat, Get Fit, and Control Your Weight For Life

You’ve tried diet and exercise before, and you’ve always stopped. Diets are hard and restrictive, and who has time to go to the gym five times a week or train for a marathon just to slim down? You shouldn’t have to change your whole life! This is more than just a diet book, it’s a lifestyle manual that doesn’t force you to change who you are.

  • Make a few small changes on Day 1 and only add changes when YOU need to.
  • The ‘Kickstart’ chapter lets you start NOW, without having to read to the end of the book!
  • Learn to make changes to YOUR life without effecting your family’s life.
  • Learn to cook simple, delicious meals that work for YOUR diet and still let your family enjoy your cooking!
  • A short and simple workout plan that even lets you workout at home WITHOUT creating an entire home gym.

Voodoo Dues (Lian and Figg)

Science Fiction & Fantasy > Contemporary
Author: Stephany Simmons
Voodoo Dues (Lian and Figg)

From the beginning of Figg’s employment, there is something not quite right about the bar. There are few customers, a parade of neighborhood psychics and pentacle adorned visitors, all coming to hold court with her enigmatic boss. Figg is not sure what is going on, but she is determined to find out!

When the local voodoo queen shows up, and the next morning her grandson ends up dead outside the bar things get interesting.

Figg pesters Lian into telling her the truth about his former life, and is thrust into a world where the things that go bump in the night are real. There’s a murder to solve, zombies to lay to rest and a villain that neither of them saw coming.

A Rose Blooms Twice (A Prairie Heritage, Book 1)

Religion & Spirituality > Fiction > Historical
Author: Vikki Kestell
A Rose Blooms Twice (A Prairie Heritage, Book 1)

Rose Brownlee must choose whether she will bow to conventional wisdom or, like Abraham, follow where God leads her . . . even to a country she does not know. Set in the American prairie of the late 1800s, this story of loss, disillusionment, rebirth, and love will inspire, challenge, and encourage you.

Tell Me No Lies

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Rachel Branton
Tell Me No Lies

Two days before her wedding, Tessa Crawford’s world crumbles, leaving her hurt and betrayed. Worse, if Tessa doesn’t marry and receive her trust fund, her younger sister will lose her house and the homeless girls she helps will have nowhere to go.

But Tessa can’t marry just anyone, can she?

Gage Braxton, the guy from next door, is willing to help her out, but rumors hint that he’s an ex-con. Tessa soon finds herself attracted to a man who has no intention of ever falling in love or of passing on his terrible legacy.

… See the rest of today’s Editor’s Picks and the Kindle Daily Deal here on page 2