The Art of Fly Tying: More Than 200 Classic & New Patterns Spiral-bound – Sep 10 2007
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About the Author
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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"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.
Additionally, I enjoyed the history of the art of fly tying and found the recommendations helpful as well. I bought this book ten years ago and it's been at my tying desk since then.
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I use it all the time to look at flies then Google how to tie themPublished 9 months ago by Darrell Durling
a very good fly tying photo guide , step by step , fully illustrated. If you are a beginner , this is THE guide for you ! Read morePublished on March 9 2009 by Jean Fortin