Making Better Flies
How to Design, Develop and Improve Fly Patterns for Salt and Fresh Water
PUBLICATION DATE: February 5, 2016
CATEGORY: Fly Tying
EXTENT: 208 pages
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.
Reviews for Making Better Flies
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.