Beginner's Guide to Flytying

by Chris Mann

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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)


153 Colour illustrations, 8 Colour photographs


Apr 30, 2017


About the Author:

Chris Mann, who died in 2015, had a peripatetic upbringing in which his parents moved constantly and he attended ten different schools. He learned to fish on the gravel pit ponds of Essex, and on moving to live in Scotland at the age of twelve, he discovered the joys of flyfishing. He trained as a graphic designer, before specialising in computer software development in Germany. After many years working all over Western Europe, he moved back to England where he now combined his graphic design commissions with website design and writing books on flytying.

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