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#1 Fish For Life

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:31 PM

What are some good pattern books out on the market.I have been tying my own creation flies for a while know and its time to make some actual flies.


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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:40 PM

Probably the best book I have purchased, but I do have plenty of others, it also assists with technique and other aspects, rather large book also


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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:00 PM

I don't think a better midge pattern can be found than Rick Takahashi's Modern Midges, it contains a binder full of over a 1000 patterns. When you ask for a pattern book, this is a true pattern book in that it eliminates all but 2-3 how to tutorials. It is simply a book full of pattern recipes.

Other good books

Secret Flies of Czech and Slovak anglers, available through Jan Siman (excellent source of materials as well)

Randall Kauffman's book on Nymphs is really good, the name escapes me.

Charlie's Fly Box is pretty good as well

Essential Trout Flies- Hughes is good

Fly Pattern Encyclopedia by Beatty is good, has over 1600 recipes

These are several of the many that I own. A good starting point is to buy a big generalized one, work your way through that, and then mix in the specialized ones as you need or see fit.

Another good place to view flies is Charlie's Fly Box. He has a website with many pattern tutorials, and is one helluva fly tyer. YOu will learn alot.

Also- Davie Mcphail and others via youtube is a good place.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:00 PM

The Randall Kaufmann books are pretty good - "Tying Nymphs" and "Tying Dry Flies". Good Step-By-Steps and photos.
Also "Fly Pattern Encyclopedia" from the Federation of Fly Fishers. Over 1600 patterns with Photos and recipes, no Step-By-Step. These are not your standard patterns, but rather a compilation of patterns from the Federation of Fly Fishers Conclave.
"Good Flies" by John Gierach. My favorite :D . Recipes and comments about each pattern. No Step-By-Step. Hand drawn pictures of each pattern. Kind of a "no nonsense" approach.
"Flies, Ties,& Techniques" by Charles Jardine. 50 patterns with recipes,with Step-By-Steps and comments on tactics and behavior for each one.
"Fly Tying Bible" by Peter Gathercole. 100 Trout and Salmon flies with Step-By-Steps and good photographs.
You might also take a look at some videos.
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:47 PM

Essential Trout Flies by Hughes is outstanding, as is AK's fly box by AK Best.
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Posted 05 December 2012 - 10:47 PM

Some that I have which feature plenty of recipes include:

The Flies of Umpqua Feather Merchants by Kaufmann
Flies: The Best 1000 by Stetzer
Flies for Trout by Stewart/Allen
Flies for Steelhead by ditto
Flies for Bass and Panfish by ditto
Trout Flies: The Tier's Reference by Hughes
Wet Flies by Hughes
The Book of Fly Patterns by Leiser
Western Trout Fly Tying Manual v1 & v2 by Dennis
Tying Flies with Jack Dennis & Friends
Dry Flies by LaFontaine
Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing by Bates
Fly Patterns of John Goddard by Goddard
Micropatterns by Martin

I have a good number of other general tying books with a variety of dressings, too. Most of my "pattern guides" are for steelhead and Atlantic salmon, though, and I didn't bother to list them.

Most of what you'll see available are specialized (e.g., nymphs, dries, streamers, tiny stuff, saltwater, etc...). I don't own either, but Saltwater Fly Patterns by Kreh and Modern Midges (mentioned by HdV above) are two excellent examples of such books.

You can find recipes for most of the old standards at various websites, including some retailers. If you have good libraries near you, a visit there should be on your list.


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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:04 PM

"Trout Flies of the East" & "Trout Flies of The West" both by Ted Leeson & Jim Schollmeyer
"Inshore Flies" a saltwater pattern book by the same two fellows. :)

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:51 PM

“The Fly Tier’s Benchside Reference” by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer is the most comprehensive reference manual the fly tying world has ever seen.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 04:55 AM

“The Fly Tier’s Benchside Reference” by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer is the most comprehensive reference manual the fly tying world has ever seen.

I copied and pasted the above.

Yes, but that book consentrates on different tying techniques, not patterns. Excellent book and I recommend that to all fly tiers :)

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:39 AM

Perrault's dictionary of fly patterns, a little different in the way it printed (no sbs) but with over 16,000 patterns.



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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:40 AM

I would add FISH FLIES The Encyclopedia of the Fly Tier's Art by Terry Hellekson. This is a compilation of his two volume FISH FLIES into one book.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:34 AM

“The Fly Tier’s Benchside Reference” by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer is the most comprehensive reference manual the fly tying world has ever seen.

I copied and pasted the above.

Yeah, no patterns in this one, but definitely the most comprehensive fly tying book I have ever seen. I also highly recommend this book.

As far as patterns, I own a few books, but mostly these days I have just been Googling the patterns that I am looking for. Sometimes, I also purchase a fly from my local shop to copy.

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:00 AM

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 11:24 AM

plenty of books to choose from here. all of them are good, some better than others


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Posted 06 December 2012 - 01:19 PM

Some from the shelf of my library. These books can be found on the internet...cheap!

Fishing Flies and Fly Tying, Blades
Trout, Bergman
Fly Tying, Sturgis
Flies, Leonard
How To Fish From Top To Bottom, Gordon
Noll Guide To Trout Flies, Noll
Match The Hatch, Schwiebert
Nymphs, Schwiebert
McClane's New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia, McClane
Selective Trout, Swisher and Richards
Art Flick's master fly tying guide, Flick
Salt Water Flies: popular patterns and how to tie them, Bay
Streamers and Bucktails the big fish flies, Bates
Hatches, Caucci and Nastasi

I don't know how many patterns in this list, but it's a bunch!

BTW...Someone got me a copy of "The Fly Tiers Reference" for xmas one year. Cost them something like $100 bucks. I brought it back. I didn't find a thing in there that was new. You can buy all the books I listed for less than that one book. YMMV.
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