Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying: Modern Techniques for Flies That Catch Fish

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  • Learn to tie 17 popular nymphs, dry flies, and streamers
  • Master fundamental tying techniques in a series of practical lessons Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying is a modern course in fly-tying fundamentals covering the essential tools, materials, and techniques needed to tie a wide range of popular flies. With 1,000 photos, Craven covers cutting-edge techniques for the more tried-and-true classics, such as the Royal Wulff, Adams, and Hare's Ear,...
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Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying: Modern Techniques for Flies That Catch Fish

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Overview

  • Learn to tie 17 popular nymphs, dry flies, and streamers
  • Master fundamental tying techniques in a series of practical lessons Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying is a modern course in fly-tying fundamentals covering the essential tools, materials, and techniques needed to tie a wide range of popular flies. With 1,000 photos, Craven covers cutting-edge techniques for the more tried-and-true classics, such as the Royal Wulff, Adams, and Hare's Ear, and shares innovative approaches to current patterns such as the Brassie, RS2, and Copper John.

With clear, concise text, Craven provides tips and techniques from his over thirty years of tying flies for fly shops on Colorado's Front Range. This book is built on Craven's successful fly-tying classes, which start out with simple flies and work toward more complex patterns, all the while teaching techniques and introducing materials by tying popular patterns that catch fish in Eastern and Western streams. This series of lessons show how flies build on one another, enabling readers to tie a wide range of patterns simply by breaking them down into parts. Craven illustrates the progression with his meticulous directions to fingerbusters like Copper Johns, Stimulators, and Humpies.

This book, which is sure to become a standard text for basic fly tying, covers 17 flies (including recipes for popular variations), including the Brassie, Black Beauty, RS2, Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, Copper John, Woolly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator, Adams, Rusty Spinner, Parachute Blue-Winged Olive, X Comparadun, Royal Wulff, Humpy, and Goddard Caddis.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979346026
  • Publisher: Headwater Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/2008
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 241,655
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlie Craven has been a commercial fly tier for more than thirty years, tying flies for almost every species of gamefish, freshwater and saltwater, though he specializes in trout flies for the Rockies. He is a signature tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants, which produces fifteen of his patterns. Craven is co-owner of Charlie's Fly Box in Olde Town Arvada, Colorado, which was the winner of the 2009 Fly Fishing Retailer of the Year Award.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    A Nearly Perfect Book for Beginners

    I'm new to fly tying, and after going through nearly every book in the library and lots of online tutorials, I finally ordered this book. It's exactly what I was looking for. Very detailed, walking through every tool, process, and technique with a good amount of information and lots of pictures. Whereas most fly tying books will give you 6-10 pictures per pattern, this one will have 40, with descriptions that walk you through string tension, material placement, and other details most other books (and especially videos) don't cover. He's a little, um, particular and throughout the book chastises tyers who take shortcuts (not necessarily time shortcuts, but quality shortcuts), but anyone following the book closely will learn how to do each of these patterns correctly. A great book and, compared the cost of classes, a great bargain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    I bought this book after reading several outstanding reviews on

    I bought this book after reading several outstanding reviews on Barnes and Noble and I'm so happy with my purchase. I HATE instructional books because they are often boring but Charley brings fun to fly tying. This book is beautiful in the hard cover and the step by step instructions are very simple and clear. If you want to start tying your own flies like me do yourself a favor and purchase this book first before buying any equipment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Recommended

    easy to understand a lot of good pictures to follow.well researched

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying is an excellent resource for fly tiers.

    I purchased this book last year on a recommendation from a good friend. The book covers approximately 17 different patterns that incorporate most if not all of the techniques you will need to tie any fly. There are detailed step by step instructions, that include wonderful close-up photography for each step of each pattern, plus a materials list with size recommendations and possible materials substitutions. What I think really sets this book apart from other fly tying books are the techniques that Charlie has developed over his many years of tying. I have been tying for about 5 years, and learned many new (and more efficient) ways of applying materials to a hook! I have several fly tying reference books, but this is the one I go to most often. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who ties flies, or is considering to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Excellent

    Originally recommended by my fly tying instructor. It is easy to follow and beautifully illustrated.

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