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Beginner's Guide to Flytying

This book uses the latest techniques in computer-generated drawings to show the reader exactly how to create an artificial fly, step-by-step.

Clearer than photography, more life-like than drawings, the graphic instructions show, by subtle emphasis and exaggeration, precisely what to do.

Included are all the basic techniques for applying thread, feather and fur to the hook, and more sophisticated methods such as parachute hackling, using the dubbing loop and hairwinging.

12 key trout patterns demonstrate the most important flytying techniques.

  • Black Ghost (ribbing & hairwing)
  • Woolly Bugger (palmered hackle dressing)
  • Duck's Dun (cul de canard dressing)
  • Gray Wulff (bucktail dry fly technique)
  • Elk Hair Caddis (dubbing & hairwing)
  • Parachute Emerger (parachute dressing)
  • Ginger Quill (wet fly wings and throat hackle)
  • Black Pennell (wet hackling)
  • Goldhead Hare's Ear (weighted goldhead & natural dubbing)
  • Montana Nymph (nymph hackling, marabou tails)
  • Pheasant Tail Nymph (pheasant tail fibers & copper wire)
  • Shrimp/Scud (wire weighting & synthentic dubbing)

Author: Chris Mann & Terry Griffiths
Illustrator: Chris Mann
Photographer: Terry Griffiths
ISBN: 978 1 873674 39 0
Published: September 1999
Latest edition: April 2005
Format: 246 x 189 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 80
8 colour photographs
153 colour illustrations
Price: £9.99

Beginner's Guide to Flytying by Chris Mann & Terry Griffiths

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