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This review is from: A Guide to Tying North Country Flies (Hardcover)
I've been out of touch with fly fishing for a few years now, and while doing a refresh of my fly boxes reflected on my preferred method being the use of simple spider patterns in small sizes. Imagine my surprise to find this book, and written by the very funny stand-up I saw in the late 70's.
My previous wet-fly patterns were based on the Roger Fogg book 'The Art of Fishing the Wet Fly' which, while a good read, left a bit to be desired regarding the actual appearance of the patterns quoted. No such problem with this book. It shows you in closeup detail exactly the make-up and proportions of the pattern, right down to the most appropriate hook to use.
There are so many fly patterns included (144) that you will need to pick and choose which one's are the best for you (some patterns are similar), otherwise you will need a lot more fly boxes! Mike's tips on fishing the patterns is also useful and straight to the point.
The general format and presentation is a joy to use, and as such I've no hesitation in highly recommending this book.