Reviewed by Deanna Birkholm (LadyFisher)
I love getting books. For that matter, I just love books.
It's fun going through book stores, and from time to time
we've found wonderful books in re-sale shops. If you
haven't started a personal library yet, you really should
give it some thought. The rewards are many, and regardless
of how much information we provide here on Fly Anglers
OnLine (FAOL), it's hard to cuddle up with a good computer
(or have it in the famous 'tile library' either).
Personally I don't buy fly tying books any more, because I
no longer tie. But I was just tickled when the newest book from
Al and Gretchen Beatty, Innovative Flies and Techniques
showed up in our mailbox this week.
The book is in some ways, an extention of their Fly
Tying Encyclopedia in that it expands on the ideas
and techniques which weren't possible to include. Since
the publication of the 'encyclopedia' Al and Gretchen said
they were approached by other tiers who had innovative ideas
or techniques which they felt should be available to other
The book is presented a bit differently. Instead of being
presented by fly types, or even flies listed alphabetically,
the tiers represented are listed by their names. I'm sure
you will recognize many of the names, and the flies they
tie are great examples of their originality and creativity.
As a prefix to each section you will find an interesting
biography of each tier. Some include how they got started,
or their favorite flies - a nice touch in an already
There are all sorts of flies, from biggies to tiny, fresh,
saltwater and warmwater offerings too.
" Some of the ideas are very simple and you may wonder why
Gretchen and I included them. One such fly is a Ken Magee
pattern presented by Clint Smith. The reason it's important
is because stillwater trout have an incredible attraction
to it. I can't explain why, but the darned fly really
catches fish. On the other hand, we were really impressed
with a new fur hackle technique (at least it was new to us)
presented by Britt Phillips. Innovative fly tier John Newbuy
brings an interesting mix of two worlds to the fly dressing
We do have permission to excerpt information from any book
from Frank Amato Publications, and since such care has been
given to produce this book in excellent step-by-step photos
and text you can be sure you will see parts reproduced here
on FAOL. In fact, if you check out
Kim's Cased Caddis
you can see an example of the Beatty's expert work.
Innovative Flies and Techniques is not
just a pattern book. It is an excellent resource for
techniques and new ideas which should get your juices
flowing. We highly recommend it; it lives up to it's
name. ~ DLB
Innovative Flies and TechniquesPrevious Reviews
By Al and Gretchen Beatty
Published by Frank Amato Publications, Inc.
P.O. Box 82112
Portland, OR 97282
Softbound, 8.5 x 11 inches, 195 pages, color
Price: $35.00 US