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Looking for good fly tying book?

Started by Fire-Fly, January 08, 2007, 19:20:19 PM

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Fire-Fly

I am going to start tying some of my own flies, i did some tying a few years ago but stopped, i want to get back into it but i need to find a good book with a lot of good patterns to go by. I also was wondering if it is really worth the money to get a rotary vice or is a cheap one just as fine.   Thanks


Gofisher

January 08, 2007, 19:55:01 PM #1 Last Edit: January 08, 2007, 20:42:05 PM by Gofisher

http://www.amazon.com/Benchside-Introduction-Fly-Tying/dp/157188369X/sr=1-1/qid=1168300876?ie=UTF8&s=books&tag2=kbrcommunication

This cameout after the Benchside Reference book and is great for a new tyer. Pages are cut in half to show techniques for different steps in a pattern (hard to explain, but really neat to see) and is spiral bound to lay flat. Look at one in person and you'll want it.

Thanks for "fixing" the link WB.  ;)

Yankee by birth, Rebel by choice.

troutphisher

Fire-Fly:

A good basic book you might take a look at is The fly tying Bible. You can get this book on line or at most books stores for around $24.00, it covers the basis patterns with step by step color photos. It's limited in tyeing techniques but covers the basics pretty good.

Another good book is The Fly Tiers Bench-side Reference. It does not covers patterns, but more rather technique from beginner to advanced tying. It's very comprehensive in all materials and fly pattern styles. This book was pricey at around $100, but you can now find them for $60.

Both are good books to start with. The list gets endless after that with many older books covering (old school) patterns with traditional materials. Some books cover certain type of flies and sizes only.

If you order books though the link above in the banner, Woolly gets credit.
Amazon prices are pretty good too. Both books are available at Amazon.

Hope this helps

TP

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Woolly Bugger

There are a ton on tutorial on-line with good clear step by step instructions, some are video as well so you can get a clear picture of how to tie that pattern.  But then you've got to have the computer next to you tying station.

Randall Kaufmann has a couple of great books one on dry flies and the other on nymphs, these spiral bound books lie completely flat so you don't have to worry about the pages turning...

http://www.amazon.com/Tying-Flies-Third-Randall-Kaufmann/dp/1885212186?tag2=kbrcommunication

It's a bit pricey but well worth it.

Other option is to take lessons and or go to the lying and tying in Charlotte

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troutjedi

January 08, 2007, 20:39:17 PM #4 Last Edit: January 08, 2007, 20:51:07 PM by troutjedi
Quote from: troutphisher on January 08, 2007, 19:57:36 PM

Fire-Fly:

A good basic book you might take a look at is The fly tying Bible.

The heathen reads the Bible after all  >:D

I learned to tie mainly by using this website: http://virtualflybox.com
There's a gazillion patterns and some good step by step tutorial.


Trout Maharishi

http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Tying-Made-Clear-Simple/dp/1878175130

Very good book for beginners. Useful flies, good step by step photos. Look at this link. The online flytying lessons are from this book.

http://www.ozarkangler.com/education/index.html

There's more B.S. in fly fishing than there is in a Kansas feedlot.

Lefty Kreh

Trout Maharishi

Almost forgot, get a rotary if you can afford one. It makes tying so much easier. Not just wrapping the materials, but being able to turn the fly in any position makes tying in materials much easier at awkward angles. It also helps to be able to turn the fly to see that materials are tied in where they should be in relation to the hook shank.

There's more B.S. in fly fishing than there is in a Kansas feedlot.

Lefty Kreh

troutjedi


troutphisher

Fly-tire:

I forgot the vise question also.
Rotary does make it easier to view the fly in different orientations quickly.

I have been using the Danvise for about 4 years now, no problems with it.
I bought the tyeing station option with it, spent around $140.00

From Cabela's

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Fire-Fly

Thanx to everyone for your help i am looking at all of the ideas and i probably will get a rotary vice, sorry it took me a while to thank everybody but my wife just had a baby last week and things are hectic.


Woolly Bugger

Quote from: Fire-Fly on January 15, 2007, 19:22:49 PM

Thanx to everyone for your help i am looking at all of the ideas and i probably will get a rotary vice, sorry it took me a while to thank everybody but my wife just had a baby last week and things are hectic.

Forget about fly fishing or fly tying for about 3 years....

ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!

Al

Quote from: Gofisher on January 08, 2007, 19:55:01 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Benchside-Introduction-Fly-Tying/dp/157188369X/sr=1-1/qid=1168300876?ie=UTF8&s=books&tag2=kbrcommunication

This cameout after the Benchside Reference book and is great for a new tyer. Pages are cut in half to show techniques for different steps in a pattern (hard to explain, but really neat to see) and is spiral bound to lay flat. Look at one in person and you'll want it.

Thanks for "fixing" the link WB.  ;)

BJ - just now saw your post. Sorry-I have been busy. The book suggested by Gofisher is a good one. I have it and would be glad to bring the next time I come to my cabin in Bassett if you would like to see it.

For an economical vise that will serve you well I suggest the EZ Rotary vice sold by Hook & Hackle. http://www.hookhack.com/vises.html#anchorezrotary

I have one that cost me $32 on sale. You can add a pedestal vase for $10 more. Works well for me.


troutjedi

Quote from: Woolly Bugger on January 15, 2007, 20:36:07 PM

Quote from: Fire-Fly on January 15, 2007, 19:22:49 PM

Thanx to everyone for your help i am looking at all of the ideas and i probably will get a rotary vice, sorry it took me a while to thank everybody but my wife just had a baby last week and things are hectic.

Forget about fly fishing or fly tying for about 3 years....

Truth  :-\


Stone-Man

Fire Fly
there will be tons of good tyers at the Fly show in Charlotte----feb 3rd
I will be at the FFF booth doing some basic instructionals along with some other good tyers.
Like Woolly said-- Then there is the Tying and Lyin  get together at the Marriot in Matthews

JT


Silver Creek

I have a pedestal Renzetti Traveller true rotary vise for sale if you want to start with the best beginner's vise.

Send me an Email if you are interested.

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