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Best Beginner Fly Tying Book
Posted 11 October 2006 - 05:22 PM
Posted 28 December 2006 - 12:11 AM
Posted 04 January 2007 - 08:05 PM
"Universal Fly Tying Guide" by Dick Stewart - a great, inexpensive (though out of print - look for it on Amazon or abebooks.com) comprehensive guide for a beginer.
Randall Kaufmans' books "Tying Dry Flys" and Tying Nymphs belong in everyone's library - beginner to advanced tyer
Again, an out of print title well worth looking for is Dick Stewart and Farrow Allen's "Flies for Trout". While not a "how to" book, it is a great reference containing 540 flys in color photos and their patterns (available on AMason
"The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying" (Spiral-bound) by Ted Leeson, Jim Schollmeyer - although a little on the expensive side ($45 list, $31.50 on Amazon) this is by far the best beginer's book I have found. The new style of cut pages showing each technique (as shown in their Benchside Reference) is revolutionary and works... Take a look at it and I hope you will feel the same.
Posted 07 February 2007 - 04:36 PM
I'm a newbie and I did a little search for the most popular books from this topic. All of them look great but I think I'll give a pass on the Randall Kaufmann books. Amazon.ca shows most of them (used and new) staring at $107.00.
Yep, that decimal is in the right place. They go up to over $200.00 per book.
Wow, two books or a pair of Simms G3 waders, what should I choose?
I think I'll stick with this forum and some of the great stuff here for now.
Posted 03 March 2007 - 08:57 PM
Books are terrific,and I have my share...BUT... If I were you,I'd check out some videos!! I have been tying for close to 40 years...About 7 years ago,I found a fly shop in my area,that had an extensive library of videos that they would rent out. Naturally,I sampled them all!! I've got to tell you,I learned more watching a two hour video than I had in YEARS of trying to learn from books!!!! It was truly remarkable!! I had always had trouble with upright-divided hair wings....watched Jack Dennis's video on tying western patterns,went into my tying room,and turned out a dozen Humpy's and Wulffs,that were "proffesional grade"!! As good as books are,and there are many good ones out there,NOTHING can beat actually watching an acomplished tyer DO his thing,up close!
I would most certainly agree with this. I have my share of books as well but recently I have been getting the DVDs such as Hooked on Fly Tying and have found them to be worth their weight in gold. Truly good stuff.
Posted 06 March 2007 - 12:35 AM
Posted 10 March 2007 - 11:29 AM
Damian's Flytyer.ca Profile
Damian's Classic Salmon Fly Website
Fly Tyer's Daily Blog
"Neither is there a right way nor a wrong way to tie a fly---sometimes just a better way."
J. Edson Leonard (Preface to his 1988 Edition of Flies, 1950, A.S. Barnes, NY)
"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." Henry David Thoreu
Posted 09 May 2007 - 08:05 AM
I saw some people thought the FAOL guide should be a book, so I put the beginners section in a pdf for everyone.
*right click_save target as*
Posted 19 May 2007 - 06:46 AM
Cause I am still not good enough.
Posted 17 July 2007 - 11:26 AM
I hope this helps.
Posted 19 January 2008 - 10:46 AM
Posted 19 January 2008 - 11:02 AM
This should be a reasonably priced book and Eric's writing is excellent. I forgot how good the book was until I recently consulted it for the Wulff swap. The book also has an added Chapter on the Angus fly which was afforded special treatment by the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum. I'm also keeping a promise to Eric to put the word out for him on the reprint.
Posted 24 January 2008 - 10:40 PM
Posted 02 February 2008 - 05:31 PM
Posted 16 September 2008 - 11:09 PM
However, I DO like Peter Gathercole's book, and recommend it highly to any beginner who just has to have at least one book (like me). Like many others have said, though, videos are pretty much a necessity if you don't have someone to show you how or if you're not in a class. The few clips I've watched of the FAOL series have been great, because they're very "basic," which is what I need. I also like how they didn't edit out all the parts where Mr. Beatty "messed-up" or didn't do something perfectly. It's just comforting/reassuring to see that you're not the ONLY person who struggles with some of the most basic things. Even the PROS don't thread the bobbin perfectly and effortlessly every time, or cut the thread on the hook!