Fort Mill Times

New book a catch for novice fly fishers

“The 24 Greatest Flies You Don’t Leave Home Without,” by Robert J. Sousa is aimed at helping beginner and intermediate fly fishers by simplifying the process of finding and catching fish. Sousa is widely acclaimed for initiating the Fly Fishing Merit Badge for the Boy Scouts of America.

His new book outlines a clear fly selection procedure and discusses extensively where feeding fish are holding. Sousa has a Ph.D. in fisheries sciences and has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 30 years.

“The book provides you with a simple process that will improve your catch rates,” he said.

In the book, Sousa distills from the thousands of flies available to modern anglers today and reveals 24 of the highest performing flies for any fish in any situation. The guide is aimed at helping beginner and intermediate fly fishers take the guesswork out of fly selection.

“If you got all of the best fly fishermen in the same room and asked them about their best flies, there would be a lot of commonality among them, and most of their favorite flies are in my group of 24,” says Sousa. “Knowing about these 24 commonly available flies is a big help, but this knowledge is only the first part of the puzzle. My book also teaches the most effective way to fish these flies, where fish are likely to be and reveals why fish can’t resist them, unlocking many mysteries of fly fishing.”

“The 24 Greatest Flies You Don’t Leave Home Without” (ISBN: 978-0-615-32120-2) is published by Warren, RI, publisher Husking Bee Books. The book is sold at bookstores, fly fishing shops and online at