I like Charlie Cravens book as he explains, with pictures illustrating each step. He begins the book with the techniques of tying on thread, the use of dubbing, etc.
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Best Beginner Fly Tying Book
Posted 12 November 2016 - 09:03 AM
New to fly tying myself. As I read all the post here on this topic. Im going with Fatman's advice on the online... Fly Anglers On Line fly tying series. ITS FREE! and at has advice for the beginner to advanced. Take a look at it. http://www.flyanglersonline.com/ There is alto of great info here.
Posted 18 May 2017 - 02:24 PM
Posted 04 August 2017 - 12:06 AM
I have to agree, these are great books with great instructions, Later on I would get the bench side reference though. Can't say enough about Skip Morris and Kaufman books. Spent the last week thumbing through them and am still learning new things and brushing up on some other techniques.
Posted 04 August 2017 - 12:09 AM
Skip Morris and the Kaufman books. Great starters, am still learning stuff from them.
Posted 04 August 2017 - 06:23 PM
Posted 27 September 2017 - 05:23 PM
I have to disagree that books are outdated at this age. My first book I bought was The Complete Book Of Fly Tying by, Eric Leiser. Since then I added a quit a bit more. Like the Trout and Salmon Fly Index, by Dick Surette. Has 90 color flies and tells the history and origin. Take the Adams fly? Leonard Halladay, of Mayfield, Michigan in 1922 first tied this fly and named it in honor of a good friend, Mr. C. F. Adams an ardent angler on the Boardman River in Michigan. Or a Grasshopper, There has to be a 1,000 ways to tie one. The first one appeared in 1653 in The Complete Angler by Walton. You don't find this stuff on the web. I do watch all the YouTube vids also. And have a laptop right by my bench. But reading from different great tiers. You learn a lot more than just going at it.
Posted 28 November 2017 - 03:21 PM
Posted 10 May 2018 - 12:33 PM
Simple Flies, by Morgan Lyle
Step-by-step beginner fly tying, by Ryan Keyes
They really sped up the learning curve for me.
Hope this helps.