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?