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Oliver Edwards' Flytyers Masterclass: A Step by Step Guide to Tying 20 Essential Patterns for the Flyfisher Hardcover – 1 Sep 1994

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books (Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1873674082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873674086
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,184,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A classic flytyers guide of 20 river patterns. Each one features step by step instructions, photography and clear diagrams. Additionally, and wherein the book's real strength lies, is the salient entomology and also rationale behind each pattern's design. This book is the benchmark by which all others of its type are measured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise and very effective 23 April 2002
By Former Rater - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mr. Edwards little guide was recommended to me by the good folks at the Los Pinos fly shop in Albuquerque. I am grateful.
This book shows how to tie very effective and substantially more representative flies & nymphs with about as much time at the vise as the common dressings require.
The best thing about the dressings and their descriptions is that any tier can master the techniques due to their clarity of illustration and step-by-step instructions in the text.
I finally have a "killing" Rhyacophila (green caddis) larva that I can lose to rocks and other debris (fished correctly, this will always happen)without regret. I can tie 20 of these in an hour and the hook costs more than the dressing!
E. H. (Polly) Rosborough's pioneering work is clear in this dressing.
There are twenty different dressings included in the Masterclass and dozens of clear illustrations penned by Mr. John Roberts. A first class addition to any library.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Edwards Really Knows His Bugs! 6 Nov. 2001
By William Scott Bowler - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a life long fly fisher, I really have to hand it to Oliver Edwards respecting his first book on the subject of fly tying. Mr. Edwards is a professional fly tier and is a regular contributor in several British periodicals and web sites focusing on fly-fishing. The stories are noteworthy regarding how he came to develop the patterns in his book. He is very through in his description of each pattern including well-drawn step by step instruction. I also have been tying flies since I was a child and find his wit and experience a benefit. In his words, "90% of the fish are caught by 10% of the fishermen". His book will help you to be in the top 10%.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master The Masterclass! 29 Nov. 1999
By Darren Swales - Published on
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All I can say is Brilliant. I have been tying for over half my life and still love learning! Oliver produces not only beatiful, but extremely effective creations. Its a pity there are only 20 patterns! I would encourage any tyer to have a go at these patterns and produce tight lines !
5.0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot from this book 24 Sept. 2012
By Michael J. Edelman - Published on
Format: Paperback
While the patterns in this book are oriented towards the British fly fisher, most if not all of of patterns in this book are suitable for American waters as well. His Ephemerella is useful just about anywhere, his Large Stonefly is a nice take on a classic on both continents, and his Foam and Hair Beetle should be great for warm waters as well as spring fed streams. Ditto the Freshwater Shrimp pattern. What really makes this book tremendously useful are the drawings, which are perhaps the best illustrations of tying technique seen in any fly tying book. I suspect even the most experienced tiers will learn a lot from Edward's patterns and techniques found in this book. Unfortunately, it's been out of print in this country for over a decade; I found mine at a remainder sale around then. But you still may find a reasonably priced copy in a used book store.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Work 9 Jan. 2007
By MW Robertson - Published on
Format: Paperback
O. Edwards is a master. This book fastracks a tyers ability.

Maurice W. Robertson

South Africa
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