What is the best, full-color, fly tying book I can buy?

Discussion in 'Fly Tying' started by anthonylevine, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. anthonylevine

    anthonylevine New Member

    I have been trying to find a really detailed fly tying book about how to tie a great number of different patterns. I would like a book with a ton of patterns and pages. Thank you!!
  2. Roadkill

    Roadkill Old feather bender

    The first tying book that comes to mind for me is The Fly Tyers Benchside Reference by Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer. If you can learn everything in this book you are a master tyer IMO.
  3. caddis fly

    caddis fly New Member

  4. Bob Jones

    Bob Jones Still truckless now farther away

    I agree on the above This is a great book and willl show you the most ways to do things. Two others are Randy Stetzers 1000 of the best flies and I think its Randal Kaufmanns Flies of the Umqua feather merchants about 1600 patterns. Tale a look at these. Good lluck
  5. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    I agree, it is the largest and most comprehensive fly tying book in my collection. I use it quite often and am a very very long way from mastering anything or everything in that book. I have a number of others, but you asked for detailed and lots of patterns and pages...I'd look into that one.
  6. Thomas Mitchell

    Thomas Mitchell Active Member

    That's a great book for use as a reference for specific techniques but it doesn't really have any full patterns like the original poster requested. A good alternative by the same authors is:

    The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying

    This one has many of the same techniques but each is in the context of instructions for tying a complete pattern.

    Most tying books with patterns are fairly fish-specific. If you tell us what you're fishing for, you should get more recommendations.
  7. Rob Ast

    Rob Ast Active Member

  8. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

    This is an "excellent" book I don't have yet!!! I have been wanting it for awhile now. Maybe I'll get it for a Xmas present for myself. Rob is right on. This is a great illustrated book for fly tying.
  9. BakerSean1

    BakerSean1 New Member

    The first full color book I purchased for fly tying Trout Flies The Tier's Reference by Dave Hughes. Lots of patterns and variations of each.
  10. 1morecast

    1morecast Active Member

    Some really good sugestions above. You might want to be more specific as to what type of patterns you want to tye.
  11. unrooted

    unrooted Member

    I have this book:http://www.flyfishohio.com/fly_tying_made_clear_and_simple.htm
    It only has 18 patterns, but it shows every step really well. The selection of flies give you a variety of techniques. In the back there are a lot of patterns with recipes and tips on tying.
  12. scottflycst

    scottflycst Active Member

    One of our best locals- Skip Morris has a new book out, pretty darn good. You should check it out. Local patterns after local fish.
  13. Duane J

    Duane J Member

    Anthony: Good question; all answers helpful but...started buying/collecting books on fly fishing in the sixties; numbered now over 600. About 40% have to do with fly tying patterns. Still looking, still adding. I wish and maybe could be more helpful if I knew what and where your tying efforts are going to be put to the "test." Duane J
  14. Bert

    Bert Registered Potamophile

  15. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Tying Emergers by Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Leeson is also very good.
  16. dryflylarry

    dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

    Oh yes!!!!!! :thumb:
  17. Dabhoy

    Dabhoy New Member

    A very good book may I also suggest Jim Schollmeyer's Nymph fly tying techniques and also Tying flies with cdc by Leon Links.
  18. Grant Richie

    Grant Richie Member

    For a general pattern book I have enjoyed "Trout Flies" by Dave Hughes. It is not a step by step, but does give some steps and is pretty comprehensive. I also like John Barr's book. He has 20 pretty darn good patterns in there with excellent step by step photos taken by Charlie Craven.
  19. Rob Ast

    Rob Ast Active Member

    I agree John Barr's book is good, but it is only his patterns. I recommended Charlie's book simply because it is equal to John Barr's book in terms of quality, but with a lot more general patterns and many more of those "beginner" flies.

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