Learn to tie 17 popular nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. Master fundamental tying techniques in a series of practical lessons.
With clear, concise text, Craven provides tips and techniques from his over thirty years of tying flies for fly shops on Colorado's Front Range. This book is built on Craven's successful fly-tying classes, which start out with simple flies and work toward more complex patterns, all the while teaching techniques and introducing materials by tying popular patterns that catch fish in Eastern and Western streams. This series of lessons show how flies build on one another, enabling readers to tie a wide range of patterns simply by breaking them down into parts. Craven illustrates the progression with his meticulous directions to fingerbusters like Copper Johns, Stimulators, and Humpies.
This book, which has already become a standard text for basic fly tying, covers 17 flies (including recipes for popular variations), including the Brassie, Black Beauty, RS2, Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, Copper John, Woolly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator, Adams, Rusty Spinner, Parachute Blue-Winged Olive, X Comparadun, Royal Wulff, Humpy, and Goddard Caddis.
What the Experts Are Saying
"Charlie Craven is the best fly tier I have ever known. I've sat in on one of his tying classes and I also have to say that he is the best instructor I have ever seen. Buy this book--your flies depend on it." --John Barr, creator of the Copper John and Barr Emerger and author of Barr Flies
About the Author
Charlie Craven is President of Charlie's Fly Box in Old Towne Arvada, Colorado. He designs flies for Umpqua Feather Merchants and was the fly tier and photographer for Barr Flies.