Illustrated throughout, Making Better Flies is a comprehensive new fly-tying manual for designing and improving patterns for salt and fresh water. However, it is not only a fly-tying manual, but also a study in successful fly design from one of the most influential designers in the country. Learn how to make flies behave like naturals, adapt patterns to imitate numerous baits, and trigger strikes when fish aren’t feeding. It covers all important design considerations, including shape, movement and action, colour, and sink rate and balance. It also has superb advice on how to set up a fly box as well as learning how to tie 21 of the most effective saltwater patterns.
- Comprehensive fly-tying manual for designing, developing and improving patterns for salt and fresh water
- A study in successful fly design from one of the most influential designers in the USA.
- Step-by-step guide to tie 21 of the most effective saltwater patterns
- Covers all important design considerations – shape, movement, colour, sink rate and balance
- Advice for how to set up a fly box
- Illustrated throughout with over 376 colour photographs
Lou Tabory has been an outdoor writer for nearly fifty years, with articles in many major sporting publications including Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Salt Water Sportsman, Fly Fisherman, Salt Water Fly Fishing, Fly Fishing in Salt Water and American Angler. During that same period, he delivered slide shows, talks, and casting demos that taught fly casting, fly fishing, and knot tying. He is the author of Inshore Fly Fishing (978-0-7627-6434-1), Lou Tabory’s Guide to Saltwater Baits and Their Imitations (978-1-55821-361-6) and Stripers on the Fly (978-1-55821-639-6). He lives in Connecticut, USA.
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Sub Heading How to Design, Develop and Improve Fly Patterns for Salt and Fresh Water ISBN 9780811711388 Author Lou Tabory Binding Paperback Extent 280 x 216mm, 208 pages Illustrations 376 colour photographs Ebook No
"It is interesting how several of the 21 patterns covered here, while tied with sea in mind, are pictured in the jaws of a freshwater species, and Tabory, a respected American outdoors writer, is careful not to limit the arena in which some of these flies might operate with distinction. As his introduction says, "Part of the fun and enjoyment of making flies is experimenting..." Some of his patterns, he says, have taken species as disparate as barracuda, trout and freshwater bass, while bigger saltwater patterns have proved ideal for pike. One of the photographs shows a brown trout that has taken a mullet pattern in west Wyoming; a mere 700 miles from the sea ... A chapter on the key imitation and design characteristics (shape, movement, eyes, sink-rate etc) is followed by one on important baits and food types and one on equipment and materials. The book ends with a chapter on how to set up your flybox.
"In between, each pattern is accompanied by a list of dressings and step-by-step tying sequence, supporting notes on how to fish it. There are also useful sections scattered throughout the book on topics such as building weedless flies, casting big flies and surf fishing. Illustrated in full colour, the book also benefits from numerous pictures showing flies in the water, which offer a timely reminder that what you see at the vice isn't always what fish are seeing under the surface. Useful pointers appear throughout — use materials that will keep moving even when the lure is static in the water; how changes in lighting (eg sunlight to cloudy) can change the appearance of colour in some patterns; and why you should use dark patterns when fishing surf. Those who enjoy crossing a few boundaries in their fishing should have their imagination well and truly fired up." — Trout Fisherman
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