The Tier's Reference
PUBLICATION DATE: January 16, 2003
CATEGORY: Fly Tying
EXTENT: 480 pages
Trout Flies is the definitive book for trout fisherman who tie flies, with a step-by-step reference for tying 500 patterns that will catch trout everywhere in all conditions.
Dave Hughes is an accomplished fly tier and a student of entomology, but he is a fly fisherman first, and one with a gift: the ability to organise and explain in clear, readable language what can be a bewildering complex subject. It follows that his master work is aimed at fishermen who want their fly tying to support their fishing, and not the other way around.
"That the trout flies in this book are tied to catch trout, not to place on display for awed trout fishermen, set our thinking off in a certain set of directions. We're after beauty in the eye of the trout, not in the eye of the collector. Form follows function. The most beautiful fly is one that catches trout, and not always the most visually appealing. our goal is a fly that looks alive in or on the water, not while clamped in the tying vise. Your fly tying should be directed by what you learn while you're out fishing."
Hughes's systematic approach to tying evolved from a lifelong study of trout food forms and cast experience on the water. Dave Hughes understands trout and their prey. And that is the heart of the difference between this book and the countless others on fly tying: Trout Flies: The Tier's Reference is organised around a close look at food forms and the pattern styles that match them.
"What's important is that you have a sound understanding of the concepts of fly pattern styles ... If you think only in terms of individual fly patterns, then your thinking and your fly boxes are both going to become tangled."
Tying instructions for the most useful or most used pattern in each style are presented in beautiful step-by-step colour photographs and detailed captions and are followed by the pattern's most useful variants.
The patterns are divided into two main groups: searching flies, for those times when trout are feeding non-selectively, and imitative flies, when trout are taking a specific food form and nothing else.
A concise guide to tying techniques, tools, and materials is presented in the opening section, along with Hughes's extraordinarily lucid "Unified Theory of Trout Flies."
Dave Hughes is one of the most respected and widely published writers in fly fishing. He is the author of 20 books and contributes to all the major fly-fishing magazines. He is the founding president of Oregon Trout and received the Lew Jewett Memorial Life Membership from the Federation of Fly Fishers.
Meet the author Dave Hughes
Dave Hughes began fly-fishing for trout in his early teens and for the last thirty-six years, he has made a study of trout streams and lakes, the natural foods on which trout feed, and the flies that take trout in the widest variety of circumstances. Dave has fished for trout around the world, is founding president of Oregon Trout, and a life member of the Federation of Fly Fishers. He has written regularly for Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Flyfishing, American Angler, Field & Stream, and Gray’s Sporting Journal and is a respected author with over 20 books to his credit. He lives in Portland, Oregon.