Reviewed by James Castwell
A few days ago I was in a fly shop, (where
else you might ask) waiting for a guy to
finish a phone call. I had not been in this
place before and so was giving it a good
visual once over. Fun to do every time I
get a chance. On the wall to my right was
a row of wire racks with about ten feet of
various books, most of which I was more than
familiar with. Except one. This one.
I have tried for some years now to help the
guy just starting out. Our sport is confusing
enough when you have been at it for years, but
can easily discourage a newbee in a heartbeat.
Especially when it comes to tying flies. There
are a few pretty good books out for them, but
I am always ready to give a nod to anything new.
This is not new, (2002) just new to me. No idea
how I missed this thing, but at least I can
bring it to you now.
The beginner is already intimidated, no need
to produce a huge book and scare him off forever.
This is just about right, 64 nice shinny pages,
easy to read print and more than adequate pictures.
Here is a shot of page 39, it has some of the
pictures needed to tie a nymph. Clear, simple
instructions. Many of us feel we have moved well
beyond the flies and methods Randall Kaufmann so
nicely presents here. Perhaps, then again, maybe
I do know this. If you are yourself new to the
game or know someone who is, you have my opinion
on this, the book will get you started and
started very well. About two dozen flies are
detailed, step by step along with several pages
of types and styles of flies and methods of tying.
Included are pictures and information on materials,
feathers, hair and all the normal things used in
fly tying. One feature is the price, the low price,
$12.95 How about that? About time someone produced
a darn good book at a very fair cost for the beginner.
Know a friend who is just getting into tying? This
is the book for him. ~ JC
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Western Fisherman's Press
P.O. Box 357
Moose, Wyoming 83012
400 concise macro color photos