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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 ...
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.
Posted July 21, 2012
What a great book. I really wish that i had this when starting to tie as it covers a huge range of techniques and doesnt skip over things that might be obvious to an experienced tier. If you are just starting you really should pick this up. Even for more experienced tiers this is a really valuable resource that illustrates a wide variety of techniques through detailed step by step tying instructions. Definitfely a classic that belongs in every fly tiers library.
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