Merlin Unwin Books

"Merlin Unwin Books are lively, innovative countryside book publishers.

Their well-produced range of rural, wildlife, fieldsports and fishing books never fail to inform and entertain."

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This is the most comprehensive directory of salmon flies ever published.

It is the fruit of 30 years’ research by renowned international flytying author, Chris Mann. He has corresponded with countless expert salmon fly tyers throughout the world – seeking out all their most popular and enduring salmon flies, adding these to all the classic patterns. Now his research is complete.

Over 1800 salmon and steelhead flies – each one illustrated in colour and with its full dressing provided – make this the definitive reference, the all-in-one volume for salmon anglers and flytyers throughout the world.

Chris Mann’s vibrant illustrations of the flies show them with a clarity, accuracy and consistency seldom achieved through photographs.

The flies are ordered alphabetically, making it easy for the reader to find the exact fly and to check the precise dressing. Mann gives a brief introduction to each fly, noting its originator when known and the reputation it has achieved. A full, cross-referencing Index is included.

So, when you next find yourself wondering what exactly a Cascade looks like, and whether there is something similar in your own box which will help you catch a salmon – then you will reach for this indispensable book.

* Spine width: 4cm/1½"


Full leather edition, hand-bound in elegant midnight blue goatskin leather, by the finest English craftsmen in Ludlow, Shropshire. All the elements of beautifully bound books have been incorporated, including:

• Hand-marbled endpapers by Ann Muir   
• Gold silk ribbon marker
• Gold head & tail bands   
• Raised bands on spine
• Set head and tails
• Gilt edges          
• Gold blocked on spine and front    
• Rounded and backed           
• Protected in top quality dark blue slipcase   
• Bound-in limited edition flyleaf


These books are individually crafted and the materials are hand-made to order – nevertheless, we aim to deliver books within, on average, six weeks of receipt of payment.

Author: Chris Mann
Illustrator: Chris Mann
ISBN: 978 1 906122 01 0
Published: October 2008
Latest edition: November 2008
Format: 276 x 210 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 480
1800 colour illustrations
Price: £250.00

Directory of Salmon Flies LIMITED LEATHER FIRST EDITION by Chris Mann
The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies hand-made Ann Muir endpaper
The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies hand-made Ann Muir endpaper

Reader reviews

Reviewed by Brian O' Donohoe in August 2009

A superb edition of a superb book. This book becomes the reference for all serious salmon fly tiers. I find myself continually referring to it for patterns and other relevant information on the flies.

Press reviews

Reviewed in Belfast Newsletter in October 2008

'Once in a while along comes a book which merits all the superlatives one can think of. Such a book is The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies: it is simply a unique and beautiful work of art.'

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