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The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies Paperback – 19 Apr 2012

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books; First edition (19 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906122458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906122454
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.8 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is by far the most comprehensive directory of salmon flies ever published, with more than 1,800 patterns featured in its 468 pages. This is a first-class book for fishers and tyers and Chris Mann should be applauded for completing such a mammoth task for our delectation.' --Trout & Salmon Magazine

'The sheer scope and ambition of the Directory is enormous and it works brilliantly. Honest, well-ordered information.... If you like salmon flies, if you fish for salmon and are seeking inspiration treat yourself!' --Flyfishing & Flytying Magazine

'The ultimate collection. The body of work shown in this book is breathtaking in its breadth and imagination and beauty.' --Fieldsports Magazine

An absolute masterpiece and is correctly billed as the most comprehensive directory of salmon flies ever published. This beautiful book enables the salmon-angler to identify and learn about every salmon fly that was ever assembled. A must for the Christmas stocking. --The Irish Times

This is the most prolific directory of salmon and steelhead flies ever published. From intimate full-dressed featherwing patterns, to bombers, to speys, to simple hairwings; this book has you covered for a lifetime of inspiration at the tying bench. The illustrations are breaktakingly realistic. --Hatches Magazine

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Chris Mann had a peripatetic upbringing in which his parents moved constantly and he attended ten different schools. He learned to fish on the gravel pit ponds of Essex, and on moving to live in Scotland at the age of twelve, he discovered the joys of flyfishing. He trained as a graphic designer, before specialising in computer software development in Germany. After many years working all over Western Europe, he moved back to England where he now combines his graphic design commissions with website design and writing books on flytying.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PJ SMITH on 25 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book offers everything the keen salmon fisherman could want or ask for. It has a huge collection of flies - at over 1,800 the publishers' say it's the largest collection ever published and I for one believe them.
The layout is very clear and the illustrations are superb. Moreover there are three separate indexes which enable you to find flies by name, creator and type so there is no excuse for not finding the flies you are looking for.
This is a terrific achievement by Chris Mann and at a very competitive price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. E. Browne on 17 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This directory is an important and most welcome reference book. It will be essential not only for fly tyers but for all salmon fishers. We have all at one time or another been told about or read a river report which gives the names of successful fly patterns with which we are unfamiliar, this book will put an end to our blank looks and, perhaps it is too much to hope for, our blank days. It is well illustrated and excellently indexed, I consider it a major work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Feebs J on 16 Oct. 2009
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I bought this book for a friend who is passionate about fishing and has been making his own flies for years, he was extremely pleased and was looking forward to the challenge of making flies that he had never come across before. It is beautifully illustrated and a wonderful gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Simpkins on 3 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A fantastic directory of Salmon Fies. A great credit to Cris Mann for publishing such a great informative book. I would recomend this book to any one interested in fly fishing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taysalmon on 7 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies has to be the best comprehnsive book available today for Salmon Flies. The patterns and photographs are clear. There are so many patterns in the book that the Salmon angler will have no problem finding the pattern that they want to tie. I would recommend any Salmon Angler who ties their own flies to buy this book. Truly superb
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simmo on 13 Feb. 2013
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An absolutely superb book, the illustrations are fabulous and although a sizeable section of this book deals with flies for Steelhead, which we dont have in the U.K., I dont feel that this detracts from the relevance to the U.K. angler. I would highly recommend this book to both fly anglers and fly tyers.
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By Bri on 2 Mar. 2013
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hi just wanted to say what a great book this is it has some great flies in there which also can be used for seatrout fishing.this book has very good pics of salmon and steelhead flies with all materials listed which is great.all flies show great colour aswell.if any of you want a good book or any books amazon is the place to go looking around on here you will be amazed what you can find and get for a great price all the fishing books i have found which have all bin used have all bin in very good condition like new.also they do good fly fishing tackle just have a look around and you will find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Chisholm on 1 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Excellent book, only improvement I could suggest is slightly more narrative on how to tie the flies.
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