. I believe a serious fly tier would be denying himself if he/she did not read it.
If you have read the reviews and the online interviews you know the book has nothing to do with flytying. It is about one man's obsession with another man's crime. Although it seems the author may be disparaging toward Classic Flytyers, maybe even towards Serious flytyers.
I will say this, I don't feel a bit bad about not having read this book and I really have no intentions of reading until after I have read the hundreds of serious books About flytying.
It's not really about fly tying, as an instructional or a pattern book. It's not even about the serious fly tyers on this site. It's about a guy who stole a lot of rare bird skins to feed an obsession and make a reputation. Before him, the salmon fly tiers would shop for rare feathers in 19th century clothing and hats. Classic Fly Tying is mentioned, since there is apparently more of a tolerance for his theft than elsewhere. I didn't feel offended in reading this book as it has nothing to do with me, and likely, you.