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  • Hardcover: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (1 Feb. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039440047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394400471
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,756,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
Disappointing book - no colour pictures, making it very difficult to use as a reference when tying. Almost impossible to visualise what the end result should look like, you need to cross reference with a modern book to ensure the tying is correct.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb. 1999
Format: Hardcover
I had just started tying and this was the first book I bought. Leiser takes through the steps of tying very clearly and in a relaxing manner. From the beginning you get the feeling of a patient yet light hearted instructor. The book covers a variety of methods and patterns. Everyone that has seen my copy has said only one thing, "I need to get this one, it's great!" Include this in your tying book library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jun. 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is a bible on fly patterns and has some tips on how to tie them better
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book but pictures need to be updated 12 May 2000
By V. Richard D'Angelo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found this book very helpful. I am new to fly tying and had to learn the basics. The author dose a great job of doing that. There is also a very good selection of flies. You can tie almost any major pattern for trout, fresh water or salt water fishing. Lots and lots of little tying secrets that are great for the beginner. "You can't judge a book by it's cover". The only major problem with this book is it's illustrations. Don't judge them by the excellent graphics on the cover. It is the last one you will see. All pictures are black and white and must have been taken when the book was originally published. They are not even good black and white illustrations. With new color detailed pictures, this book would be unbeatable. In spite of the poor illustrations, this book is definitely worth buying. I hope the author reads this and updates them.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic for the beginner and the expert! 17 Feb. 1999
By John T. Suhr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had just started tying and this was the first book I bought. Leiser takes through the steps of tying very clearly and in a relaxing manner. From the beginning you get the feeling of a patient yet light hearted instructor. The book covers a variety of methods and patterns. Everyone that has seen my copy has said only one thing, "I need to get this one, it's great!" Include this in your tying book library.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Art of Fly Tying 7 Feb. 2000
By Josey Wales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent tool for a beginning fly tyer. All the techniques for a variety of flies is walked through step by step. From small trout dry flies to salt water flies and tandem hook streamers, the procedure for each fly is demonstrated. These techniques can then be used for a number of flies listed at the end of each section. The only drawback to the book that I found, is that you need a lot of material to tie the flies. I found myself going back and forth from the fly supplier in my area to get the materials needed to finish a fly. This is probably unavoidable if one is going to tie flies, though. Overall, an excellent book.
a fly tying guide for the novist 16 July 2011
By jonnyfly69 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
this is a good book for thoes who wish to learn to fly tying or wish to better thair skills.
thair is no color in this book, so you get to see what the thread is doing.
and the two nots the half hich and whip finish are bouth tough in this book, as some only want to teach the whip finish.
if you take a basic class at a sproting goods shop that offers them, thay only teach what thay want or have time for .
my only request would have been a color shot of the finish fly. but thats me this is a book that if you wish to fly ty it is a must have and you will
go back to it time and time again, and you will still find somthing you missed or so you thought.
Excellent Instructional Book 20 Feb. 2000
By Charles J. Shuster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Have recently moved from the Texas coast to western Pennsylvania, this book was particularly helpful learning how to tie a variety of trout flies. This book is extremely helpful learning a variety of techniques and patterns. If you are a beginner this is the book for you as it will instruct you in the various techniques and tricks necessary to become an accomplished tier. Book is set up well with respect to the fact that it teaches you how to tie one fly and then gives the recipe how to tie any others. Good Stuff.
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