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101 Innovative Fly-tying Tips: How to Tie Flies Quickly, Easily and Professionally [Hardcover]

Charles R. Meck

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Believing that simplicity is the surest route to tying a successful fly, Charles Meck offers some of his best tips from 50 years of practising the art. You won't find any woven bodies here. You won't find any complicated classic salmon patterns. What you will find are tips on making easy-to-tie, highly productive flies. Some of the techniques make tying flies faster. Some of them just make it easier and more straightforward. Some of them make patterns stronger and more durable. Meck also goes over using synthetic materials like Z-Lon, poly and Antron, as well as giving advice on using the classics. In addition to general tips, Meck shows fly fishers exactly how to tie more than 25 highly productive patterns, like the Beadhead Glo Bug, the Deer Head Caddis, and the Twisted Dun. Each pattern highlights some of Meck's new techniques. Techniques covered include: how to make a whip finish and half hitch with ease; tying legs on nymphs and emergers; how to tie terrestrial patterns for specific streams; anchoring synthetics; an easy way to prevent a wing from slipping forward; and many more. Mecks's manual should find an important place on every fly tyer's bench.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Meck Opened His Book of Fly Tying Secrets and Let Us In. 19 Nov 2002
By Steve K. - Published on Amazon.com
After reading "How to Catch More Trout", the practical fly fisher's "bible", I awaited the publication of "101 Innovative Fly Tying Tips" with much anticipation. It was well worth the wait. Meck's latest effort is the practical fly tyer's bible. Meck collected years of tips and innovations and shares them in this book. He takes many of the "top" patterns discussed in "How to Catch More Trout", and tells us the easiest, quickest, and most durable way to tie them. He also adds his tips for fishing many of the patterns. Meck also gives away some of Pennsylvania's local secrets learned from great guides like Kurt Thomas. If you ever wanted to find out how some of the country's best guides and fly fishers tie their patterns, and which ones they consistently use, this book provides answers. If you love fly fishing for trout as much as me, and are at the stage where you want to cut to the chase, you'll love this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great text, mediocre illustrations 7 Jan 2003
By Roger M. Mills MD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have heard Charlie Meck talk, and I know what authority he brings to his subject. I bought this book with the expectation that I could pick up some of his tricks. Unfortunately, the illustrations are small, dark, and very poorly reproduced. The publisher obviously skimped on quality to keep the price down, and it was not a good decision!
Compared to some of the other excellant tying books on the market, this is not a volume that will help the intermediate tyer in search of advanced techniques. I was disappointed.
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