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Fly-Tying for Beginners: How to Tie 50 Failsafe Flies: An Introduction to Tools. Techniques and Materials Plus Instructions for Tying 50 Failsafe Flies by Gathercole. Peter ( 2005 ) Spiral-bound [Spiral-bound]

Peter Gathercole
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  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd (1000)
  • Language: English
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fly Tying for Beginneers 30 Jun 2011
By alan
This is an excellent book in perfect condition and exactly matched the description. The spiral binding is ideal because the book lays flat and enables you to continually refer to the pictures when tying without having to hold the book open.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 3 Mar 2006
By A. Gonzales - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book. It is for beginners and that is exactly what I am. The photographs are in bright full color and take you step by step through the tying of the fly. There are a lot of fly tying books out there and I have looked through dozens and dozens of them. Not one of them came close to being as good as this book.

The wire o' binding that lets the book lie flat is just an added bonus.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but ... 23 Jun 2006
By M. Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
There are some truly great things to say about Mr. Gathercole's book, "Fly Tying for Beginners." First, it is laid out in a very sensible manner. Starting with tools and techniques up front, followed by a list of flies, all in awesome crystal-clear color photos. The book's size and wire wound binding makes it so easy to use on at the tying bench.

That said, as a novice to fly tying, I found myself going to other resources to research techniques such as tying hair wings. In addition, it would have been MORE helpful (for me) if some of the techniques I needed to use were found in the same pages as the fly I was tying at that time. One other point is that I found myself having to guess several times on tail lengths, hackle sizes,and occasionally material placement.

Overall, I'm very glad to have this book as a reference, but I'm also glad I have OTHER references to assist me with the gaps of information I found missing in this one.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fly tying for beginners 1 Mar 2006
By Roland D. Sabourin - Published on Amazon.com
The book is as user friendly as is possible. It's ringed binding allows it to lie flat on the table and the size of the book is just right, not too small nor too big. The diagrams are easy to follow and unique in their design. I like novel designs and compliment the author on his creativity. If I were to design a book, this would be it.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great first fly tying book 12 Dec 2007
By A. Marker - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the best three fly tying books I've found for beginners. I can't say I've been tying flies for a long time - I'm clearly in the beginner category. However, I've been writing documentation for a living and teaching how to design instructional materials at a university so I tend to be picky about these kinds of "starting guides." This book has a great deal to recommend it for beginners.

The beginning portion of the book is devoted to a comprehensive section dealing with the basic fly tying skills and each of the individual fly "recipes" refers back to those relevant skills by page number. Pretty handy.

The photographs are clear, relevant and in color. You would think that color wouldn't make a difference but in fly tying it does. So much of the material is colored that selecting and using the right one is far easier when the images are in accurate color.

The step by step instructions are simple and concise. Boy, does that make a difference when you're looking back and forth between the book several times when you're first starting.

It uses a spiral wire binder which means it lays open to the page you're working on without your having to use soda and beer cans as paper weights. This is a bonus because none of the flies I've found so far recommend adding a sugar coating to the feathers.

Finally, the book not only includes a list of materials needed for each fly, making trips to the fly store for materials easier, but it also includes in the description the kind of fish that fly is good for. Again, this is a handy bonus for beginners. I want to tie flies I'll use for particular fish and tend to stay away from those that won't be useful to me.

My only disappointment is a minor one. It doesn't include instructions on using the Matarelli whip finisher but that's something I can live without.

All in all, a great book for those just starting out in fly tying.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for your Fifth Fly! 8 Feb 2007
By R. Kroytz - Published on Amazon.com
Fly Tying for Beginners by Peter Gathercole is an excellent Fly tying book. I have been fly tying for about six months now and I have searched for the best Fly tying books around. As far as Fly tying books goes for a beginner, it probably doesn't go in detail far enough. But after your first couple of flies(Four or Five), this book would be excellent. To start off with this book covers a lot of flies, 50 in all. In addition it has a spiral binding, so you can open it up as you tie, which I feel is mandatory for a fly tying book. The description of each fly is four pages long, highlighting the most difficult parts. On the first two pages it gives a detailed picture of the fly as well as pictures of the material needed to make the fly; this is particularly helpful to a beginner. It also tells of the type of fish that this fly would presumably be used to catch. As far as the general info on the book it has the usual Pictures in the front of the book to show particular techniques as well as the basic tools and material used. One of my favorite parts of this book is on page 47. It has a fly selector with pictures of all 50 flies in the book which is very helpful, especially when you only have limited abilities and material. Over all this is one of the best books I have seen on fly tying so good in fact that I bought it for my own Reference.
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