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There are two Benchside books, both by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer.

"The Benchside INTRODUCTION to Fly Tying" (green cover) and the "Fly Tyer's Benchside REFERENCE" (blue cover).

As FlyfishnakedInc says, "The Fly Tyers Benchside Reference" is an excellent book but might be a better one after you have some experience tying IMHO. It covers techniques in depth-- if you want to know 47 different ways dubbing, this is the book. It has a an enormous amount of information on different techniques, but it doesn't walk you through tying a pattern from start to finish. Because of all the info it might be pretty hard to piece together the steps to tie a particular pattern if you're just starting out.

The "Benchside Intro" is more of a beginners book, walking you through different techniques pattern by pattern, as well as the materials you need, and doesn't assume any tying experience.

Another excellent book, once you've mastered the basics, is "Trout Flies" by David Hughes. It covers a ton of different fly styles for imitating various stages of mayflies, caddis etc, with step by steps and pics, but again it assumes some basic tying experience and familiarity with materials-- equivalent to what you would have after working your way through a beginners tying book with a representative sampling of a few different nymphs, wets, dries and streamers and basic techniques.

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Thank you, I do have a fly shop close by and I'm taking a class Sat.

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How'd you make out with your lesson Sat.
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While I have the "Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying" and the "Benchside Reference, " I second the recommendation of Charlie Craven's new book, "Basic Fly Tying." It comes with an incredibly rich set of instructions and 17 patterns to tie starting with the simplest techniques to progressively more complex techniques. While there are 17 patterns, the variations suggested for each are extensive.

The book starts off with a brassie pattern, then progresses to a black beauty (midge) and zebra midge variations. Each fly tied in sequence builds on the techniques from the previous fly. This is a great way to learn. Also, the details on techniques such as dubbing, choosing hackle, and properly preparing peacock herl are very informative.

Certainly, take some lessons first. Then, buy Craven's book for a personal instructor that will easily take you through an advanced intermediate stage. The book is that good and is valued by beginner and experienced tiers alike. The tips & methods provided go beyond any book I've read to date. And, no, Charlie and I are not related.
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Class is this sat the 7th can't wait.
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How was your first class?
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Class was cancelled, Going to try and find another one. The Tu chapter that I was put in no longer exists so I have to wait to get placed in another chapter. I'm hoping that they will be running a class.
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Class was cancelled, Going to try and find another one. The Tu chapter that I was put in no longer exists so I have to wait to get placed in another chapter. I'm hoping that they will be running a class.
Just noticed you're located in Spencer, MA. Have you heard of The Lower Forty in Worcester? They've got novice fly tying classes for a reasonable price over the next few weekends. Give it a shot, and strike up a relationship with a shop that could potentially be your local material provider. Now, if that's where you were originally scheduled to take your class, all bets are off. But I know there are others in that general vicinity that are very good for people getting started.

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http://www.thelowerforty.com/

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Hope that you find a new class. I just attended my first out of four beginners class. It was well worth it. These veteran tyers have some tricks and skills that left me spellbound. AND, sure enough our first fly was a #6 Black Wolley Bugger. I've tied nine since last Sat. and only broke my thread twenty times, lol.
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Just noticed you're located in Spencer, MA. Have you heard of The Lower Forty in Worcester? They've got novice fly tying classes for a reasonable price over the next few weekends. Give it a shot, and strike up a relationship with a shop that could potentially be your local material provider. Now, if that's where you were originally scheduled to take your class, all bets are off. But I know there are others in that general vicinity that are very good for people getting started.

Here's the link:

The Lower Forty - Central New England's largest flyfishing specialty shop

Best of luck!
I've talked to the people at the lower forty, Very nice and knowledgeable.
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Hope that you find a new class. I just attended my first out of four beginners class. It was well worth it. These veteran tyers have some tricks and skills that left me spellbound. AND, sure enough our first fly was a #6 Black Wolley Bugger. I've tied nine since last Sat. and only broke my thread twenty times, lol.
Sounds like your having fun.
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