Book of Fly Patterns

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A Milestone in angling literature: the most complete and practical pattern book ever compiled for the fly tyer and angler, a lavishly illustrated catalogue of recipes for the most effective and popular flies that are fished in fresh and salt water. Drawing on the designs and innovations of the best fly tyers past and present, Eric Leiser, a master fly tyer and teacher and author of the immensely popular Complete Book of Fly Tying, gives us a consistent representation and interpretation of more than 1,000 classic ...
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A Milestone in angling literature: the most complete and practical pattern book ever compiled for the fly tyer and angler, a lavishly illustrated catalogue of recipes for the most effective and popular flies that are fished in fresh and salt water. Drawing on the designs and innovations of the best fly tyers past and present, Eric Leiser, a master fly tyer and teacher and author of the immensely popular Complete Book of Fly Tying, gives us a consistent representation and interpretation of more than 1,000 classic and contemporary fly patterns. Here, as well, is all the information (hook sizes, materials, etc.) needed in order to dress the pattern in the manner intended by its originator, with professional tips for solving specific problems. Anyone who can tie a simple dry or wet fly will need this book.

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— More than 1,000 patterns for all manner of surface and subsurface flies (including dry flies, terrestrials, caddis flies, midges, spinners, parachute flies, stoneflies, wet flies, emergers, and nymphs, as well as attractor patterns and bait fish imitations) that are fished for trout, salmon, steelhead, bass, tarpon, bonefish, and many others
— More than 400 black-and-white drawings and photographs showing new tricks and improved procedures for solving specific tying problems
— More than 130 silhouette drawings showing the correct proportions of flies
— Twelve plates in full color, showing more than 300 flies (including photographs showing how certain dry flies appear to the trout)
— A useful discussion of different types of hooks
— A glossary of materials, including the very latest innovations (what it is, whetherit "breathes," floats, or sinks; where it can be obtained; what can be substituted for it)
— A glossary of fly-tying terms
— A list of dealers for fly-tying materials
— A bibliography of fly-tying books

An indispensable reference and a classic work of its kind, The Book of Fly Patterns is a must for every professional and amateur fly tyer.

A richly illustrated compendium of more than 1,000 classic and contemporary patterns for the most effective and popular fresh and saltwater flies.

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Leiser, a highly respected author and flytier, provides over 1000 patterns for the construction of artificial flies in this amply illustrated book, which will become the standard in the field. In addition to ingredients, Leiser provides frequent notes on alternate materials and techniques, and/or the history of the pattern. Libraries with minimal demand can stand pat if they hold Terry Hellekson's Popular Fly Patterns (LJ 3/15/77). For a quality flytying collection, consider Leiser; with Helen Shaw's classic Fly-Tying (Nick Lyons, 1987. reprint), it constitutes a basic collection on this craft. Outdoor Life Book Club selection. David J. Panciera, Westerly P.L., R.I.
The New York Times
“Lavishly illustrated…Often enlivened with historical tidbits.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394543949
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/12/1987
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 10.63 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Leiser is a master fly tyer, teacher, and expert on the materials of the craft. He is the author of Fly Tying Materials, The Complete Book of Fly Tying, 2nd edition, as well as coauthor with Larry Solomon of The Caddis and the Angler.
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