Creative Fly Tyingby Ted Fauceglia (Photographer), Greg Pearson (Illustrator), Mike Mercer
As fly fishing for trout becomes an ever more popular outdoor pursuit in North America, many enthusiasts are fueling their passion by learning to tie their own flies. This complete creative process, from concept to finished pattern, is lavishly represented here in hundreds of close-up, color photographs, demonstrating the beautiful feathers, tinsels, and other
As fly fishing for trout becomes an ever more popular outdoor pursuit in North America, many enthusiasts are fueling their passion by learning to tie their own flies. This complete creative process, from concept to finished pattern, is lavishly represented here in hundreds of close-up, color photographs, demonstrating the beautiful feathers, tinsels, and other materials that comprise trout flies and the step-by-step methods used to assemble them.
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Mike Mercer is one of America's best-known designers of original trout flies. His patterns are consistently among the top-selling flies distributed to fly shops in North America. He lives in Redding, California.
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In the sport of flyfishing and its allied avocation, fly tying, there are those who have made 'names' for themselves ¿ reveling in the fame, encomia, and appellations from students of the sport. At the same time, there are those rare individuals who quietly change the very nature of the sport by steadily and generously sharing their genius with those who prefer to spend their time on the water. Mike Mercer falls into this latter category. After having published uncounted articles in virtually every flyfishing/fly tying journal on the newsstand being one of the most prolific 'Signature Fly Designers' for Umpqua Feather Merchants and after having made numerous, but all too infrequent, 'standing room only' personal appearances, the author has finally put together his first, long awaited book - an 160 page compendium providing detailed instructions, complete with fantastic color photographs, for tying 12 of his choicest patterns. These twelve unique designs are: Gold Bead Poxyback Green Drake Nymph, Copper Bead Micro Z-Wing Caddis, Profile Spinner, Rag Sculpin, Micro Mayfly Nymph, Alaska Lemming, PMD Trigger Nymph, Gold Bead Biot Epoxy Golden Stone Nymph, Sac Fry, Rag Hex Nymph, Zebra Midgeling, and the Glasstail Caddis Pupa. In his typical easy to understand style, Mike Mercer provides 126 pages of text providing step-by-step instructions. Just as significantly, Mercer spins the often humorous, occasionally serious, but always entertaining stories behind his creative designs. For the multitude who have relied on his expertise for decades, but are more familiar with his patterns than with the tyer, an eight page, biographical 'Introduction' is provided demonstrating that kids who come home with wet pants and smelling of fish a bit too often for their mother's taste, can still accomplish big things in life. Mike Mercer shares it all including the 'not as successful as one would like an expert to always be' moments. Example: 'So it was a few short weeks later that I sat down to my vise, certain I had the perfect answer...Unfortunately, within a dozen casts I watched that perfect taper disintegrate into something resembling Elmer Fudd's exploding shotgun.' [p. 122] The experience of reading this book and assimilating the information contained within its pages is best summed up by part of the story behind the development of the PMD Trigger Nymph: '...in one of those strange, 'ah-ha' moments that sometimes seem to arrive uninvited, I pulled out the fly...and flipped it above the trout. My cast wasn't particularly good. So when the fish casually moved three feet off the bank and inhaled my first presentation, I was shocked, and completely farmed the strike.' [p.88-89] Both the expert and beginning fly tyer will be continually confronted with 'ah-ha' moments as they read 'Creative Fly Tying.' Such is the depth of this resource, one should not be shocked to find it make take numerous readings to properly 'farm' the wealth within.