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    I would like to get some good no nonsense fly tying books lots of illustration of how to tie. I'm not a complete noob at tying, but river fishing has not been my game, but I'm planning on going to fish rivers next season, so I need lots of info on dry flies, nymphs and so on. I'm planning on getting Charlie Cravens book, but other than that, is there any other books worth reading?


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    If you don't know a lot of techniques, I will recommend the fly tyers benchside reference. find it on amazon

    I also recommend tying books by the following authors

    A.K. best

    Gary lafontaine

    David Hughes

    Terry Hellekson

    Shane stalcup

    John Barr

    Mike valla

    Dick talleur

    Schollmeyer and Lesson

    Mike mercer

    + too many more to list
    Poor quality materials and tools are destined to discourage beginner tiers and cause greater expense when the time comes to replace them.


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    Tom Rosenbauer = Fly-fishing & tying Jedi

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    Trout Flies Proven Patterns by Gary LaFountaine

    The Dry Fly New Angles by Gary LaFountaine

    Barr Flies by John H, Barr

    Micropatterns Tying & Fishing the Small Fly by Darrel Martin

    Tying flies with Foam, Fur and Feathers by Harrison R. Steeves

    Flytyers Masterclass by Oliver Edwards

    Steamers and Bucktails by Joseph D. Bates

    Wet Flies by David Hughes

    And two books that almost no one has but every fly tyer and fly fisher should have:

    Tying Flies the Paraloop Way by Ian Moutter

    [ame=""]Tying Flies the Paraloop Way: Ian Moutter: 9780881505542: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

    Imitative Fly Tying by Ian Moutter

    [ame=""]Imitative Fly Tying: Techniques and Variations: Ian Moutter: 9780881505740: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]


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    Thank you very much for all the suggestions.


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    Hi Kim.
    I haven't any Books yet ??? by Charlie Craven however at The last count I think had 200-250 Books on Fishing most of which cover Fly Tying.
    I believe the most helpful Book for any newcomer is without a doubt The Fly tiers Benchside Reference Book.
    Also as I've mentioned many times before You- Tube is also Very Good & popular.

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    I've been fly fishing for a long time, and I used to buy alot of fly fishing books. I've never counted them, but I have at least a couple hundred, maybe close to half of them are related to some aspect of fly tying.

    So while I enjoy looking books, it's been a while since I actually went to a book for an actual reference. There is just so much good materials in videos and forums like the fine one you are reading now.

    It is so handy to be able to do a search in google/bing, and quickly find exactly what I may want to tie, along with several variations, and with great videos showing detailed step by step sessions.

    So by all means, if you enjoy books, indulge. But if you don't have a book handy, there is a overflowing wealth of information at your keyboard.

    But to answer your question, my favorite books are by Gary LaFontaine, Dave Whitlock, Gary Borger, Richards/Swisher. These folks are all both innovative, and excellent authors.

    have fun,

    The more you know, the less you need.

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    I'm a new fly tyer myself. After tons of research and recommendations, I decided to go with Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying. It is outstanding. There is a good explanation of what you are supposed to learn in making that particular fly, then detailed pictures and explanations of how to do it, what to look out for, and finally variations you can make. He also makes specific recommendations for tools, which I found helpful.

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    Lightbulb Re: Best fly tying books.

    The answer to this question is a 'No Brainer.'

    "The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference" by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer. 400 plus pages, all the pictures are in colour and if there's 5 ways to do 'something' each is demo'ed in great detail.

    Pages of 'what are the materials and how they're used,' etc. God only knows how many hours it took just for the thousands of photo's. There may be 'other ways' but these two fellows have 98% of it covered.

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    Then I guess there's no way around that book.


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