The Complete Book of Fly Tying

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Here at last is a book for fly tiers, beginners and experts alike, that provides foolproof directions for tying all types of flies. In this book even the beginner knows where he is during every step in the process, from the moment he ties in the waxed thread until he ties off the fly with the whip finish knot.

But unlike the specialized books on fly tying that describe particular types or styles of flies, this book covers them all — all types of both freshwater and saltwater ...

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Overview

Here at last is a book for fly tiers, beginners and experts alike, that provides foolproof directions for tying all types of flies. In this book even the beginner knows where he is during every step in the process, from the moment he ties in the waxed thread until he ties off the fly with the whip finish knot.

But unlike the specialized books on fly tying that describe particular types or styles of flies, this book covers them all — all types of both freshwater and saltwater flies. Whether you are talking about dry flies for trout, streamers for tarpon, or hair bugs for bass, you will find them here. Eric Leiser teaches the basic methods for tying all basic flies. Standard dries? Yes. Hair dries? Yes. Parachute dries? Yes. Hackleless flies? Again yes. Wets, nymphs, streamers, Jassids and other terrestrials, bucktails and Muddlers, Spuddlers and Matukas? Yes, everything! This book provides all the basics for the different types and styles of flies, and patterns are given for the most important flies in each category.

The drawings are the work of another master fly tier, Dave Whitlock, who knows the processes himself and supplements Leiser's detailed instructions with step-by-step illustrations. In addition, there are clear and useful photographs by Gus Nevros.

In sum, this is truly The Complete Book of Fly Tying. It will clarify the mysteries for the beginner; it will reveal tricks of the trade for the expert who seeks to improve his method or who wants to tie types of flies he has not attempted before. It also covers, of course, the necessary tools and is filled throughout with immensely helpful discussion of materials, and their special uses and characteristic behaviorduring the process of tying. And there is specific advice on how to master difficult or obstinate materials such as deer hair, which often baffles beginning tiers of the hair-bodied fly. Throughout, Eric Leiser not only describes each step in detail, but shows how to avoid some all-too-common mistakes.

This book is a complete education — and one that will leave you well prepared to tie any kind of fly for any fish taken on the fly rod.

Teaches the basic methods for tying all types of freshwater and saltwater flies. For the beginner or expert.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394400471
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1977
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 1.10 (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.
C. Boyd Pfeiffer is an award-winning outdoor journalist widely known for his expertise in fresh- and saltwater fishing, tackle, fly tying, fly fishing, and outdoor photography. He is the author of The Complete Book of Tackle Making, Tying Warmwater Flies, and Complete Photo Guide to Fly Tying: 300 Tips, Techniques, and Methods (The Freshwater Angler).
Jack Gartside is considered one of the most innovative and prolifically inventive fly tiers of the modern era. He is the author of Fly Patterns for the Adventurous Tyer, Secret Flies, The Fly Fisherman’s Guide to Boston Harbor, and Original Salt Water Fly Patterns. He died in 2009.

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