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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; New edition edition (22 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186126545X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861265456
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 18.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book succeeds through the superlative quality of the photography, meticulous production and attention to detail. Peter Gathercole is undoubtedly both an expert photographer and an extremely accomplished fly dresser." Fly Dressers Journal "Anyone contemplating starting fly tying could do no better than have a copy of this book to follow. Great for all levels." Trout Fisherman "A fine example of the "how to do it" type, and all aspects of fly tying are covered. Fine colour plates show each operation from a position behind the tyer's hand, with a clear and understandable text throughout." Tackle & Guns

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Peter Gathercole is the author of "The Fly-Tying Bible" and "Fly Tying for Beginners."

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By edward tomley on 28 Feb 2013
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a beginers book .the easy to follow pictures and photographs are clear and precise. discribes the different tying techniques from wings and hackles to heads, bodies and tails. wet and dry flies covered.would recommend.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Best fly tying book I've found yet 10 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was an avid fly tier and fisherman over 5 years ago. Recently, I decided to start up again, and spent quite a bit of time looking for a fly tying book I could use to remind me of the basics. I found Peter Gathercole's book to be, far and away, the best. It isn't a book full of recipies, it's a book full of techniques. Some of the techniques he presents are new and unusual, most are traditional. Great photography and clear language lead you through the methods step by step. I am very impressed with this book, and would suggest it to anyone from a complete novice to a more experienced tier. If you already have some experience under your belt, he will give you the little tips that clean up your flies, give them that little extra bugginess or movement, and especially be more durable and longer-lasting. An excellent book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great for beginners 19 Aug 2001
By Douglas Terry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a particularly good book for beginners. I've had mine for a while and refer to it often. Mr. Gathercole breaks the book up in chapters on how to tie the various parts of the fly, body, tails, hackle etc. which I think makes it easier for the beginner to learn rather than simply showing the steps to tying a number of different patterns. This book is the best I've seen for getting started. It shows you how to tie as opposed to just recipies for known patterns.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Glad I bought the book 9 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
An excellent book for the beginner and I assume for the intermediate. Excellent patterns and instructions. Lots of color pictures to guide you though step by step and excellent detail of the specifics of a particular pattern or tying tips. Well worth the money.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A must for beginners serious about fly fishing 21 Jan 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The combination of Peter's astounding color photography and easy-to-follow lessons has lead to a beginners fly tying book that not only teaches, but inspires further study. Lessons are uniquely organized to lead the student through all necessary aspects of the art while providing a sound basis for some of the most important insect imitations still proving their usefulness today. As the student learns more about the art and applies the teachings of others, he/she will return to Peter's book time and time again for basic understanding and interpretation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 2 July 2005
By Donald A. Guthrie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am a beginning fly-tier and this book was of great use. The explanations are easy to understand, the pictures are of high qaulity and easy to follow, and with it being spiral bound it will stay open so you can follow it with ease. I highly recommend this book for anybody who wants to learn how to tie flies.
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