By G. Randolph Erskine

A stunning and accomplished manualcarefully detailing for you the way to tie one hundred sixty flies—listedin order from easy to advanced In learning the paintings of Fly Tying, one of many world’smost skilled fly-tying teachers unearths thatthe actual mystery to fly tying isn't really studying to tie eachfly separately, yet studying and development upon thenecessary talents and strategies. The one hundred sixty flies in thisstunningly photographed advisor are geared up fromsimple to advanced, instead of by way of form of fly as inother books. each one new fly teaches you one other techniqueand builds your ability and self belief, besides an exceptionalcollection of flies.

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Spider hook #9523 This method is quite handy if you've has a 5XS (where the '"S" stands for short) mislaid your tweezers. short shank and is made of lightweight forged wire; it can float high as a spider fly on long, stiff hackle and tail. Do not confuse spider hooks with '"egg hooks," which have a reduced/simplified flies. The length of the similar shape but are made of very heavy #36890 hook is adequate for sunken flies and wire and are used on flies representing is generally available by mail order for a rea- salmon roe.

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It and other tinsels come in large, in a short space-as is the case for larger medium, fine, and very fine. Gold and silver streamers, hair bugs, and salmon flies-flat are readily available, and copper can be ob- waxed nylon thread eliminates the need to tained from some dealers of salmon fly mate- tie off heavier thread and finish the head rials. To complete the salmon flies in this with 8/0, and produces a head of acceptable book you will need both gold and silver in size. When used as a foundation for tinsel large, medium, and small or very fine oval bodies, it will cover a hook shank effectively tinsel.

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