Klausmeyer has Classic Freshwater streamers, a book about rangeley streamers, how to tie them and it contains a bunch of cool patterns. One thing the disappointed me about that book was the quality of the finish on some the flies contributed to the book...some are just plain awful, at least in my opinion. If i'd tied those flies, i wouldnt be happy to see them in print as they were finished - poor heads, some poor material placement etc.
I'm far from a perfect tyer, but i believe there should be some vetting of quality when it comes to publications. That book is hard to find now for under $30 (i was lucky and got one) as its out of print.
I've purchased a couple Fly Tyer mags and enjoyed them. My only issue is that a lot of the patterns in the one I have are rather exotic. Perhaps not exactly exotic, but a bit too much for a newb tyer like me. Plus when 90% of the fish near me are smallies and cats, I don't need too many different patterns.
I tend to spend more time looking for web sites that have instructions that allow me to duplicate the pattern for myself.
I subscribed for a long time too. Eventually I let my subscription lapse because it was becoming increasingly hard to imagine situations where the exotic new patterns they were highlighting were likely to work better than old stand-bys.
I wold like to see them publish more articles on tips and techniques for developing broadly applicable skills -- say, how to set doubled quill wings or how to solve problems in spinning and stacking deer hair -- and less on some next-creative-genius-wannabe's new nymph patterns inspired by superhero costumes.
At one time or other I subscribed to all 4 of the American Angler magazines. American Angler, Saltwater Fly Fishing, Warm Water Fly Fishing, and Fly Tyer.
For some reason, whichever one happened to have Art Scheck as it's editor was my favorite at the time.
I've got hundreds of old fly fishing magazines. Once in a while I'll read the early issues of Fly Fisherman, but mostly they just take up space.
90% of the content in the glossy fishing rags is recycled material, and not very informative, unique or even helpful.
90% is a low-ball estimate IMO!
In all seriousness, not much has evolved in - fishing tactics, stream dynamics, trout behavior, or aquatic insects - since the glory days of angling literature... so anything that falls under these categories is almost definitely a re-polishing of old findings.
If you're a gear junkie there's always the latest-and-greatest gadgets to read up on.
I don't subscribe to any, but I always take a peek inside; Fly Fisherman, Fly Tyer, The Drake, and/or American Angler when I see them on the stands... if something catches my eye I'll pick it up... Gotta read something on the crapper.
Yeah, they are mostly vehicles for advertisers to sell more "better" stuff! The gear reviews are for all intents, paid for by the company that makes the gear. So I take any "recommendation" with a grain of salt.
And one of my favorite streams was "discovered" and exposed by one of the glossies a couple years ago in one of those "how to get there" articles. "Get away from the crowded Montana rivers by going to this one that the 'locals' fish..." Great, thanks for that. Ugh.
I had a subscription to Fly Fisherman magazine... I received like 4 issues... I mentioned it to a rep when he asked me to join last year at a fishing expo... And he just gave me this look and was like "Well your postal person must have been stealing them" and was just very rude about the whole situation... So I have no interest in giving the conglomerate any more of my hard earned cash... Plus there are plenty of really good Ezines out there these days that are FREE