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The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference: To Techniques and Dressing Styles [Hardcover]

Ted Leeson , Jim Schollmeyer
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  • Hardcover: 460 pages
  • Publisher: Frank Amato Publications (Dec 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571881263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571881267
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 22.2 x 28.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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While a comprehensive discussion of fly-tying materials is well beyond the scope of this book, the structure and selection of some materials have a direct bearing on the ease and success with which certain tying techniques are executed and on the quality of the finished fly. Read the first page
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference Guide 5 Aug 2002
Format:Hardcover
If there is one book any serious amateur fly tier has to own it is this one. Brillantly illustrated with clear directions and photographic sequences. Excellent chapter on what to look for when buying fur and feathers etc, a subject matter often ignored in most other fly tying books. The book lists the many different methods which can be used to achieve the same effect e.g. winging, hackling etc etc etc and leaves you to make up your mind which one you choose to use in your tying.
A must have.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
This is not a book that provides patterns and technique; this is a book of techniques that may be applied to patterns.
This wonderful book has very clear illustrations of just about every dressing technique I've ever seen, or heard of, or wondered about. The most obscure technique for winging I know of, the "reverse hackle" or as the Brit's call it, "wonderwing" is clearly shown. I'd never run across anything about this winging style, save for a few photos in European journals. I find the inclusion of this obscure technique amazing.
This book has something for everybody: beginners will have choices for tying that are easier (or, more sophisticated) than the guide they are working from; and, intermediate and advanced tiers will find interesting new methods or new uses for existing materials.
I simply have never seen a survey of technique this extensive anywhere in the (already voluminous) fly tying literature.
Mr. Schollmeyer's photos are sharp, well oriented and highly illustrative. Mr. Leeson's text (which is a substantial departure from his superb prose work) is a model of clarity and concise description.
Overall this is a fine work and one which will, I predict, become a standard in the field.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Class 18 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Although this book may seem expensive, it is worth every penny. Every tying technique is beautifully illustrated, and excellently cross-referenced. It ouses quality, and is clearly written. From basic thread management to expert level, it is all here. It has helped me enormously. What more can I say - BUY it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is 16 Nov 2006
Format:Hardcover
The best book there is if you want to tie flies.

Every tyer should own this regardless of their level, it will provide you with the methods to tie any fly you wish. The book is an easy to follow reference work on techniques and as such does not contain recipes for tying full flies, instead it goes through the processes for constructing a fly. It gives several methods for any part of the fly eg attaching of types of tails, making bodies etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A clear, concise guide to fly tying techniques 1 Aug 1999
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Format:Hardcover
The book clearly and concisely describes all the techniques required by fly tiers of any skill level (from novice upwards).
Where there are alternative methods to achieve a particular end result, effective use is made of different coloured backgrounds to ensure the reader is in no way confused.
A worthwhile addition to any serious fly tier's library
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered! 20 May 1999
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Format:Hardcover
Just picked up my first outfit(Ross/St. Croix) and plan to ply the same smallmouth streams I've fished with spinning gear for years. The initial learning curve was steep enough (casting, tackle, etc., etc.) and the last thing I needed to do was boil down my fly list to 6, maybe 8 patterns I could fill a box with and get on the water (buying them wasn't an option as far as I'm concerned). I'm thinking major food groups: a big mayfly or damselflies/dragonflies, mini-deceivers and clousers, leeches, hellgies, crawdads and whatever else sounds good. You buy books, magazines, and search the web; some show enough detail for a rookie and some just list the pattern elements. That's where I was stuck. Anyhow, I'm at the flyshop picking up my Thompson "A" and a fellow afficionado points this book out. Bing! The techniques are all there; us warmwater guys can skip the foundation patterns that we might never use and go for the meat. With this "cookbook" I'll be able to tie the patterns I don't have detailed, photographic instructions for because it'll show me the basic steps. Parachute anyone?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The Fly Tier's reference is the most thorough work in any field I have ever read. The quality of the print, the content and the enormous number of photo's make every technique immediately accessible and even as a beginner I have the absolute confidence to try something new. I purchased a few other tly tying books and have returned them all, this is the single most usefull purchase I have made since buying my vice!!! - Get it, you will not be dissapointed
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I have been tying flies for three years now and one of my biggest challenges is working with new tying techniques. Often, the source books for patterns show step-by-step methods for a limited number of patterns. This book however focusses on the techniques themselves - ALL of them - that can be applied to every pattern you could ever tie. The writing is concise and the photography outstanding. A must-have book - this definitely will be the standard-bearer for many years to come. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reason to purchase
This book was ideal to improve my hobby and also introduced me to more modern methods and bought my knowledge of materials up to date
Published 13 months ago by James T Erwin
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
for all fly tiers. Incredibly instructive and a greate help in all phases of the noble art of fly tying. Highly recommended!
Published 16 months ago by Svein Rokne
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy this one...
Yes it's expensive... but if you bought all the other books that have half the information that this one does - you would need to spend far more money. Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by R. Leeson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
This is a superb Book,If like me you are new to fly tying then this is the book for you....
Published on 3 April 2011 by Portknockie
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My first (and wrong) impression was poor. It is a big book with quality paper but the photographs seemed to be very small. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2010 by R. A. P. Rudd
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fly Tyiers Benchside Referance to Techniques & Dressing Styles
A fantastic informative and illustrated fly tying reference book.

The book covers all aspects of tying, what materials to use and how to use them, and removes the many... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2009 by W. Simpkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent depiction of techniques for novice & expert alike.
The book concentrates on the techniques used for tying the various parts of a fly rather than how to tie a particular pattern. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2000 by robbie.jones@breathemail.net
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the doctor ordered!
Just picked up my first outfit(Ross/St. Croix) and plan to ply the same smallmouth streams I've fished with spinning gear for years. Read more
Published on 20 May 1999
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