Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple—here's the grandaddy of fly-tying books for beginners. The proof is in the reprints—twenty-three to date. It's a rare fly-tying book
that even gets to its third printing.
This book has been adjusted and updated from time to time over the years making it ever-better.
Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple takes you patiently by the hand and walks you through the tying of fifteen excellent fly designs, from the elemental to the challenging—such flies as the Woolly Bugger, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail nymph, Partridge and Orange Soft Hackle, Adams, and Parachute Light Cahill.
The first chapter teaches you the techniques needed to start tying your first fly, and as you progress through the book, each chapter builds on the previous one, so you learn the techniques and lessons in the first chapters that you'll need for the following chapters (and for the rest of your life, for that matter).
There are sections throughout Fly Tying Made Clear and Simple titled "Problems, Solutions, and Suggestions" that help you figure out how to work out a snag or mistake when you run into one, and how to avoid them in the future.
These sections are a boon for the beginner.
At the end of the book is a collection of excellent fly dressings you can tie using your new skills.
These fly patterns were specifically selected for this book because the techniques you learned can be applied to tying any of these additional patterns.
Above: sample step-by-step tying pages, the kind provided for each of the fifteen main flies. Clear, detailed tying instructions, plenty of
color photos and captions, and sections on how to improve—or save—a tying step are included.
Top left: illustrations help clarify tying techniques and expand on the photos
Top right: included is a collection of additional fly designs you now know how to tie.
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