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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
... For someone like me, somewhat rusty and very unsure of modern materials (i.e. glitzy, ice yarn, micro flash etc) this book is a godsend, two pages devoted to each of 100 patterns across the fly fishing range - it will lie flat on the desk (it is ring bound) everything about the fly and the materials required, including degree of difficulty (and quarry!) is on the first page, precisely how to tie the fly is beautifully and clearly shown and explained on the second page.
Verdict - no beginner should start tying without it, improvers will love it, experts (I think) will enjoy it - buy it as soon as possible.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2003
this has to be one of the best fly tying books about,spiral bound so it lays flat on the table when im tying flies makes it easier to look at and follow the patterns unlike other books which keep flicking back a page or two,the content is extremely useful and the photographs and descriptions are very good and clear to understand.in general i would recommend this book to novices and pros alike to add as an addition to your other books.i can guarantee you will not be disappointed and when you tie your first fly from the book and catch your first trout your grin will be seen for miles around.i do not rate it 5 stars i rate it about 100+,have many hours of great fly tying and tight lines
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2003
what a great book for a beginer, it has taught me lots & lots. good step by step pictures and instructions.well worth the money!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2011
I have been tying fishing flies for over 30 years and bought this book out of interest to see if I could 'improve' on any of the latest techniques, materials etc. The book is beautifully produced in an excellent loose leaf ring binder style so it will be very durable. However my overall impression was disappointment because the book is not entirely comprehensive as it leans heavily to stillwater angling and I fish a rain fed river in North Yorkshire. I found that the progression of some of the dressings did not follow on effectively and missed steps and on this point alone it is definately not a beginners book. The difficulty rating shown for some flies is way off the mark both ways. If you fish stillwater and have been tying your own flies for some years then you will be pleased, but sadly I wasn't.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 30 September 2004
I first saw this book at a branch meeting of the Fly Dresser's Guild but only had time for a brief scan. I am certainly glad I took the plunge and bought my own copy. The instructions and photograph sequences are top notch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2009
on first opening this book i was very surprised . at last a fly tying book for the not so expert amongst us . its very well thought out, the lay out is spot on each fly has a difficulty rating step by step guide on how to tie every bit of the fly .the patterns are Good all round general covering ,this gives you flies for every water for every game fish .the book is on a ring binder so the book can stay open when its lay flat every thing about this book is well thought out this is very highly recommended book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2014
I've been away from trout fishing and tying flies for 25 years but have just dug my tackle out again and opened up the moth-massacred ruin that was my fly tying cabinet. The bugs had even chewed through plastic wrappings to get at my fur and feathers!

Tip: keep some kind of moth-proofing in your fly tying kit. If you don't want the smell of some chemical to waft up at you when you open your box, a manly bar of sandalwood soap should do it, and it will last very much longer than moth balls, which 'evaporate' over time.

I had to look around for up-to-date instruction on fly tying because I'm sure that many of the materials I used to use - jay's wing feather for the throat hackle of the 'Invicta' is an example - are no longer available. This book provides the answer.

The book has been superbly designed as an instruction manual - spiral bound, lay-flat, sharp, well-lit photographs, succinct text - in that respect it cannot be faulted.

The only quibble one might have is in the choice of patterns - not by individual fly but by groups of fly which many British anglers will feel are irrelevant to them. Gathercole has chosen a number of patterns that are intended to appeal principally to American anglers or British anglers going to the US on one of those 'blow the kids' inheritance' mega-buck float plane and fishing lodge holidays [which we would all like to take, it's true]. I think I saw mention in one nymph pattern that it was a go-to in Australian waters ...

But I guess a British rainbow or brown trout would find a Mrs Simpson, an NZ pattern, just as tempting under the right conditions, as they do the Diawl Bach or good old PTN.

There are enough patterns here to keep anybody busy all winter, even if they never tie things like The Alaskabou nor venture into the salmon fly section at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Peter knows his onions when to comes to making fur and feathers look attractive to the fish. I was self-taught but I would urge anyone who wishes to gain insight into this rustic old craft to read books such as this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2009
Hi all

If you are new to fly tying and fly fishing this book is great value.

gives just enough tips and clues to get started and gets you tying a range of good fish catching patterns.

with a few basic lessons under my belt and a few tips (youtube is good for this) this will get you underway nicely.

like the format and the folder arrangent props up my desk and is easy to follow.

tight lines and happy new year for 2010.

The Fly-tying Bible
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not a fisherman myself - I gave this book to a friend and he has praised it ever since. I can see that his fly-tying efforts have improved immensely over the last month - thus I have only the good fortune to have given this product as a gift, but whether for yourself or as a present to one of your fly-tying friends I can highly recommend this book!

The Fly-tying Bible
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