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  1. #1
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    Default Reference Books

    What are some good books for a beginner to tying?

  2. #2
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    Since you’re primarily interested in salt water flies, as I recall, the recommendations for you will be a bit different then they might be for a lot of the other folks on the forum.

    The trick is to differentiate between:

    - books that offer good instructions for beginners that cover techniques, explain materials, and teach a variety of patterns that will give you a well rounded skill set,

    - books that are more of a "generalized pattern library" for a wide variety of salt water game fish that have pictures of flies and list a "recipe" of materials (usually but not always listed in order of tie in), but assume that the reader has a basic knowledge of tying,

    -and books that are more specialized, focus on flies for a particular species, a particular style of tying ( or a particular tyer's patterns), or more "advanced" flies.

    For someone that's just starting out, I would recommend focusing on an intro book and a generalized pattern library, and leave the more specialized stuff for a bit later. And I would also supplement the books with some of the excellent free on-line tutorials and video's available on the net.

    I'll give you examples of books in each category that i have some experience with (I'm sure there are other worthy ones out there too). In many cases it's possible to browse the table of contents on line- and to see other books that folks have recommended or bought...

    to start:

    Although primarily oriented towards North East Fly patterns for striped bass etc, you’re first stop should be the multimedia link (on the left hand side of the home page) of the Atlantic Saltwater Flyrodders. They have a series of tutorials for beginners, and step by steps of many popular flies that will translate well to Florida (clouser, deceivers etc)-- and you won't have to wait for a book to arrive to get a feel for some of the steps in tying basic SW flies. - The Home Of The Atlantic Saltwater Fly Rodders

    Next step:
    A basic intro to SW flies, and a good book for beginners:
    "Introduction to Saltwater Fly Tying" by Scott Sanchez

    This book has good hands on step by step instructions for creating a variety of flies using different techniques that you can then use on more complicated patterns. Browse through the table of contents to get a sense of the flies covered. Get a spiral bound copy so it will lay open flat on your bench while you tie. Although many of these patterns are considered a bit "old school" they still catch, and these classics will teach you a variety of techniques you'll use on other stuff.
    [ame=""] Introduction to Salt Water Fly Tying (9780871089311): Scott Sanchez: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

    I would also go the next step up from there with a book like: “Saltwater Fly Patterns” by Lefty Kreh
    This is more of a “pattern library” for a wide variety of flies, rather than a “intro” book with step by steps. But by using the Sanchez book, you should have a pretty good grasp of how to tie most SW flies by looking at a picture and seeing the recipe.
    [ame=""] Saltwater Fly Patterns (9781558213371): Lefty Kreh: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

    Another good resource for you at about the same level as Lefty's book (after you've had a bit of experience tying different styles of flies) is the “catalog” page of Saltwater Flies, a commercial site that sells a wide variety of flies. They have a listing of fly patterns by species that will give you ideas, and you can click on patterns to see a picture--- with a just little tying experience you can pretty much figure out the materials and replicate the pattern, and they've listed the popular hook sizes for each pattern.
    Saltwater Flies, saltwater flies, Saltwater Flies, SALTWATER FLIES!

    From there, I'd hold off on the next series of books, until you have a better idea of what you want to focus on. But just to whet your appetite and give you a sense of what else is out there, there are many other excellent books that cover more advanced and modern patterns like Bob Veverka’s “Innovative Salt Water Flies” that have a variety of effective flies for different SW species from some outstanding fly fishers. Often, but not always, these involve advanced techniques or specialized materials.
    [ame=""] Innovative Saltwater Flies (9780811709026): Bob Veverka: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

    Examples of other books that focus primarily on one fly designer’s style of tying like Ed Jaworski and Bob Popovic’s “Bob Popovic’s Approach to Saltwater Fly Design”
    [ame=""] Pop Fleyes: Bob Popvic's Approach to Saltwater Fly Design (9780811712477): Ed Jaworowski, Bob Popovics: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

    And there are books that focus more narrowly on one species like Dick Brown’s “Bonefish Fly Patterns” (You should be able to find a less expensive used copy, especially in Florida)
    [ame=""] Bonefish Fly Patterns (9781558213920): Dick Brown: Books@@AMEPARAM@@[/ame]

    There are, of course, many others in each category.

    There are many, many other resources on the web, including You Tube videos, more and more of which are popping up all the time, as well as personal blogs, local clubs, and specialized sites that make it very possible to google up patterns by name (ie “Fly Tying Tarpon Toad”, or suggestions for flies by species (ie “snook flies”) to get more info on tying patterns--- and of course we have folks here that fish for all kinds of stuff, so you’ll get a lot of specific advise here or get pointed in the right direction as questions come up or if you want suggestions for patterns, materials etc.

    Hope this helps--- keep asking questions as they come up.
    Last edited by peregrines; 09-05-2010 at 11:45 AM.

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Reference Books

    Thanks Mark ,those look to be a great start.

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