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Tying Small Flies Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 Jan 2004

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  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; illustrated edition edition (31 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811700828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811700825
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 624,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ed Engle began writing a column about small flies for Fly Tyer magazine in 1996. His previous books are Splitting Cane (0-8117-0008-9), Fly Fishing the Tailwaters (0-8117-2343-7), and Seasonal: A Life Outside (0-87108-780-4). He lives in Colorado, where he guides and instructs fly fishers on the South Platte River.

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Very interesting book remarkable for its analysis of materials suitable for small flies. Good advice as to flies that will catch fish and how to tie them. Quite hidden gem probably the best book I have read on small flies. Delivery of the book was the usual efficient service one has come to expect from Coch y Bonddu
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O.k. it is difficult to tie a fly this small (less than size 20) my eye sight and fingers were not designed to do this. However after reading this I felt that I could have a go. My flies aren't going to win a tying competition but they do catch the odd trout. I have to confess that I do keep it on the shelf and not by the vice but I do refer to it when I want to tie small.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tying Flies for Spring Creeks and Tailwaters 16 Jan. 2004
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This is a very nicely done book on small (size 20 and down) flies of the variety typically used for selective trout on tailwaters and spring creeks. It reviews familar patterns like RS2's for example, but has ample new material surveying hooks, fine threads and tying techniques. I like Ed's style of writing as it seems to convey years of experience fishing tiny dries for selective trout in a low key writing fashion. Fills a gap along the lines of a modern Koch's Fishing the Midge, only wider in scope and greater in detail. Will become a permanent part of my collection. This along with Lawson's Spring Creeks are a couple of recent "must haves"......
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mariano, Martin, Koch & Holbrook and now Engle 21 Mar. 2004
By Former Rater - Published on Amazon.com
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There are a few really sound books that address tying small patterns. Vince Mariano's In the Ring of the Rise, Darrel Martin's Micropatterns, Holbrook & Koch's Midge Magic and now Ed Engle's Tying Small Flies.
If you followed Mr. Engle's column in Fly Tyer Magazine then you know how clearly Mr. Engle writes. His writing style (like his flies) is brief, concise and well thought out. This book is much more than a collection of the Fly Tyer articles (though it does contain updated versions of those articles) - it is an exploration of how a "regular guy" ties these little flies for tailwaters.
I recommend adding this book to your collection along with the predecessors. Any fly fisher wanting to explore these flies will benefit from all of these books. I know I have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good selection of easy to tie flys! 4 Aug. 2005
By James E. Hurley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm not as cordinated as I was when I was younger and this book has many quick and easy to tie flys. It focuses on simplicity and flys that work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To be a classic on the subject 2 Jun. 2008
By Wonder Az I Wander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In recently purchasing Tying Small Flies and Fishing Small Flies, I am struck by how some of the most comprehensive works of complex and rich subject matter may be presented under the most seemingly inauspicious of titles. Stephen Timoshenko's "Theory of Elasticity" likewise comes to mind.

For those having read any of John Gierach's books, the name Ed Engle will be quite familiar, as will the high esteem in which Gierach holds him. This is not without cause: "Tying Small Flies" is extremely well-conceived, devoting much attention to tying technique and material handling for an outstanding selection of small flies through step by step tying instructions and their accompanying photographs. Much more than a simple how-to book, it is rich with background information about the flies' creators and the history of small flies over the past century. In supplying this history and background and inviting the reader to take a considered look at the design aspects of these flies, Mr. Engle has produced much more than the cumulative effect of several "fly of the month" magazine articles. As the simple and definitive title suggests, it is a comprehensive treatise on the subject, the scope covered ensuring its current and future relevance.

Among the basic topics covered is that of hooks and threads, subjects I gave little thought to prior to reading these chapters, but now feel sufficiently informed to intelligently order the more esoteric hook and thread selections online or via mail order when not available at the local fly shop(s). Weighting the flies with wire, beads and dubbing, selection of CDC and snowshoe hare's feet - it's all here. Allusions to days spent guiding on the river and guide considerations when tying also provide a rare glimpse into this side of the sport.

To be clear, this is not a book for the casual or beginning fly tyer, or anyone prone to being overwhelmed by a myriad of fly choices without an understanding of their use. It is a book for the spring creek or tailwater devotee driven to small flies and their application as these special waters demand.

The companion volume, Fishing Small Flies, is no less well-conceived, and while demonstrating the applications and techniques in fishing them, also provides an answer to the question implicitly begged at the topic of small flies: why are they so necessary at certain times and on certain waters? As Gierach aptly notes in the introduction to "Fishing Small Flies", the two volumes stand independently from each other, but comprise an authoritative handling of the subject when taken together.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ed Engle's book is worth having... 9 April 2013
By chewie - Published on Amazon.com
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I had purchased Engle's other book "Fishing Small Flies" and I liked it so much, I got this one. There are some great patterns here that actually work, and I like the fact he gave credit to the original creators of the flies. The Devil Bug, is one that comes to mind. The info on micro caddis was especially important to me because we have micro caddis hatches all winter long here on the Farmington River. The patterns are all fairly easy to tie as well, and don't require name brand and patented materials as some fly recipes do. Worth the money.
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