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Fly Tying for Beginners: How to Tie 50 Failsafe Flies Spiral-bound – Nov 2005

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  • Spiral-bound: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; Spi edition (Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764158457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764158452
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 16.4 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,899,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2005 Pages: 256 Publisher: Barrons Educational Series any Angler who takes up the art of fly tying will discover an added Dimension to The wonderful sport of fly fishing. This profusely illustrated instruction book shows beginners how to craft 50 professional-looking flies for trout and salmon fishing. Each fly-tying project consists of step-by-step instructions accompanied by close-up photos of the work in progress and a large photo of the finished fly. Beginners will learn how to make dry flies. wet flies. bugs. nymphs. hairwings. and streamers. They'll also get advice on which flies are best for catching which variety of fish. Author Peter Gathercole is the ideal fly-tying instructor. offering a thorough grounding in the core techniques required for fly tying. while assuming no previous knowledge on the reader's part. As he instructs. he also demonstr...

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Clive Edwards on 24 Dec. 2008
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This is the best book that I have read to get anyone tying flies. Loads of information of tools, materials and flies. Simply written with lots of illustrations so that anyone can tie 50 different simple flies. Read carefully and you will be able to tie loads of variants of those flies. Little heavy on still water flies but this is a very minor point. I still have it on my fly tying bench and still refer to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avidday on 6 Dec. 2011
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I am a complete novice when it comes to tying flys come to that I have done no fly fishing at all yet but intend to remedy the situation in the very near future. So this very well defined book will help me on the way, I found it to be worth every penny for the amount of information that it has given me.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Wadsworth on 14 Feb. 2010
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Excellent book containing everything the beginner would want to know about fly-tying, including practical examples.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian on 3 Oct. 2010
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What a delightful book! In simple terms each fly is presented from hook-to-hackle and tips on how to use it.

Flies are arranged as 'wet' or 'dry' and indications for which fish they seem best.

The use of tools is kept to a reasonable limit and knots are explained well: most finishing is done by pulling ends through preceeding turns.

Considering the size of book, a considerable range of flies are presented and from the plates, own should be able to easily design your own by selecting a suitable 'base fly' to work from. The flies would seem to fit a variety of hook sizes.

The photographs, taken I think by a macro lens, are nice and sharp, focussing on the detail being described. I think that anyone that fly fishes will find this a useful book to have in their library.

Recommended.

Ian, Hampshire
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jools on 22 Aug. 2012
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I am new to fly-tying and in fact to fly-fishing but I have found this book easy to follow with very clear photographs. The 'ingredients' for each fly are listed like a recipe, so that you know what you need before you start each fly. The general processes are shown toward the front of the book, which again you need to understand for tying fifty of the most commonly used types of fly. Very good, so give it a go!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Viktor Miske on 9 July 2010
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i think it is a great book for beginners i tried some of flies work perfect even had some nice fish on my own flies
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roger Sharp VINE VOICE on 18 Dec. 2009
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Hard to think how this book could be improved. It's beautifully made and would make a lovely present. From a practical point of view the way it is bound helps the fly maker keep his place, and the step-by-step guides are virtually perfect. Outstanding in every way.
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I bought this book after quite a lay-off from tying. I thought I could do with a refresher course on basic techniques. I know the author has a big reputation in the flydressing world and the reviews were good so I bought this one.

It does a fair job but for me the balance is wrong. Bear in mind this is a pretty small format book. It has 4 pages on tools and materials, 31 pages on core techniques, and the main part of the book of 203 pages on tying specific patterns.

I was disappointed that the discussion on tools and materials was so brief. Likewise, to run over the basic techniques in a small format book like this including photographs and to only give it 31 pages made me feel we were missing out a lot of the detailed instruction that novices need. The use of the dubbing tool is cursory for example, and really not very clear for a novice. Instructions on using the whip finish knot relied on the person buying a tool to do it! But if you buy a tool, you get instructions with it. What happened to the use of hands and fingers?

The result is a very basic and not sufficiently detailed overview of tools and materials, a rather more detailed but still disappointing overview of some techniques, followed by a long list of flies you can tie. The truth is if more time is spent learning techniques and materials then you can get a very cheap catalogue of fly "recipes" and construct them using the techniques you already have learned. You can even pick up patterns from forums and anywhere else you fancy.

Maybe I was spoiled because I had already read the excellent Jacqueline Wakeford's "Fly Tying Techniques." This is a truly masterful work and gets the balance completely right in my view.
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