An excellent introduction for the novice fly-tier, this straightforward guide shows you how to tie effective flies for trout and salmon fishing, focusing on several categories of flies: nymphs, bugs, wet flies, dry flies, streamers and hairwings.
Gathercole offers expert advice on the tools and materials required and explains the basics of securing thread to the hook, lacquering the head and applying a whip finish, before guiding readers through 15 techniques central to the practice of fly tying.
He provides descriptions and step-by-step instructions for 50 fly patterns, supplementing the text with close-up color photos of each step in the fly-tying process and listing the fish species each pattern is designed to attract.
Spiral bound to lie open flat while you tie the fly of your choice, this guide is a useful reference for fly fishing enthusiasts and a must-read for anyone wishing to craft their own flies.
Hardcover, 6 1/2" × 8", 256 pages, 2006.