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The Art of Fly Tying: More Than 200 Classic & New Patterns [Spiral-bound]

John van Vliet
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Sept. 10 2007 The Freshwater Angler
Bonus CD-ROM included!

From trout to salmon and from panfish to bass, catching fish on a fly that you have tied is exciting and rewarding. A classic for every flyfisherman's library, the easy-to-understand text and hundreds of full-color, step-by-step photographs in The Art of Fly Tying will teach you how to tie flies like an expert. This book will help you choose the right tools, select the right materials, identify aquatic insects and understand the eating habits of your intended catch, and to tie all the basic elements of any fly pattern. The book contains over 200 classic patterns from the original edition as well as 16 new saltwater fly patterns and a new section on saltwater fly tying techniques. Offered in a new easy to use, wire-o binding, the new edition also comes with a companion CD-ROM on which the author demonstrated his tying techniques and instructions live.

  • New, easy-to-use lay-flat wire-o format with CD ROM companion
  • Includes 16 new patterns and a new technique section dedicated to saltwater flies
  • Remains the classic instruction book for beginning and novice flytiers
  • Over 200 classic patterns for beautiful and effective flies

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John van Vliet grew up fishing in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and honed his skills on the creeks of Southeastern Minnesota, An accomplished flytier and fly-fishing instructor, he has written extensively on fishing for trout.

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By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
No longer limited to stuffy old Englishmen and elitist trout snobs, fly fishing has come to the masses.

"The Art of Fly Tying" provides an easy entry into the mysterious world of imitation insects, minnows and other critters that fish eat. The book's sharp and colorful closeups are typical of the macro lens and high-intensity light photography that Cy De Cosse and company have become known for in their many other "how to" guides...from microwave cook books to sewing primers.

This book actually combines the two latter themes by giving "recipes" of thread and other ingredients used to make the most common flies. It introduces each major type of fly pattern with a precisely photographed, step-by-step example using the basic tying techniques. If the fictional Betty Crocker had fished instead of cooked, this is the book she would have written.

"The Art of Fly Tying" also includes some science: A simple introduction to insects and other aquatic dwellers' life cycles. And to the welcome relief of readers feeling overwhelmed by the presumptuous jargon of more advanced fly tying guides, Van Vliet illustrates and explains fly tying equipment. A simple photograph of five types of bobbins, for example, saves the rookie from embarassing himself at the fly shop...since none resemble what you'd find in a sewing machine.

With its handy spiral binding, the book stays open and the pages lay flat for easy reference while you work, typical of the common sense approach the author takes throughout.

It's one book you can't WAIT to put down, so you can pick up your tying tools and start cooking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fly Tying Cookbook Oct. 3 2000
By "jiml5"
Format:Hardcover
This book is great to see step by step how to tie flies. The pictures are well done. It is easy to see what is going on at each step. You can even determine lengths of materials from measuring against hook length. The book leaves very little to guessing. What you guess is really more of a show of creativity and style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding for the beginner and the novice Jan. 10 1998
Format:Hardcover
I have reviewed a number of books on this subject and this one by far is the most easily understood. The illustrations are clearly printed and the subject matter is thorough from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book for those truly interested in learning to tie flies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Beautiful Book Sept. 11 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
In The Art of Fly Tying, fly fishermen find many ways to tie high-quality, well-crafted classical flies, and most popular fly patterns. The book itself is a work of art. All color pages full of beautifull photographs.
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