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Worcester Fly Dresser Reading Library Index

The following titles can be loaned from the club library – please ask a member of the committee if you wish to take out a title.

Title Author Publisher Date
Salmon – The World’s Most Harassed Fish Anthony Netboy Andre Deutsh 1980
Man’s hand is against the salmon, either directly or indirectly. Its extraordinary life cycle makes it uniquely vulnerable to human interference and depredation. The nets of the commercial fisherman and the rod of the angler are but two of the hazards it has to face in its journey up rivers that, throughout the world, have become increasingly polluted, dammed or diverted for human purposes. In this book Mr Netboy deals with the Atlantic salmon, native to Europe and the eastern seaboard of North America, and with the six species of Pacific salmon, and describes the knowledge which research has yielded of their lives in the rivers of their birth and during their oceanic wanderings. He describes the growth of industry and agriculture which reduced the Atlantic salmon in the US to a token population and seriously depleted or exterminated them in many European rivers, and the even more spectacular and radical changes in the great rivers of the American West. He also gives an account of the Pacific salmon in Asia and New Zealand. The book also describes and discusses the various means which have been adopted to rescue the salmon from man-made disaster – artificial fish ladders, the breeding and release of salmon into waters in which they had previously been seriously depleted and others (for example, the American Great Lakes) where they have never existed. This is a complete and authoritative survey of the status of one of the world’s most extraordinary – and delicious – fish and the means which can be taken to preserve it both as a resource and as a source of food and sport. Mr Netboy has travelled to almost every country where salmon are found, and is familiar with the latest research and developments in Europe, North America and Asia. The result is a book which will be one of interest and value to everyone concerned with the salmon’s future commercially, for sport, or simply as a marvel of nature.
A Rise to The Fly Bernard Venables Robert Hale 2000
A wonderfully evocative account of the subtle delights of a long lifetime of fly fishing seen through the eyes of a passionate devotee of this gentle pastime. Bernard Venables’ snapshot of fly fishing history takes the reader from the tranquil time when angling ambled along contentedly, blissfully unaware of the developments to come, through the war years which changed angling forever, to the modern day. However, despite angling’s sensitivity to such social change, its true spirit and broad principles remain constant. A Rise to the Fly is a distillation of the author’s writing in the angling press over more than half a century, and also includes some new material written especially for this volume. Luxuriously produced and illustrated with the author’s own fine drawings, this will undoubtedly become a treasured collector’s item.
Freshwater Fishing Bernard Venables Barrie & Jenkins 1976
Amongst a host of instructional books on angling this is probably the first to avoid the arbitrary separation of coarse fishing and game fishing, with its artificial distinctions that may mislead the beginner. I emphasises what must always be the real basis of angling – that it is a practical exercise in natural history, and so much the more fascinating for that. Once the pattern of life for all fish, of whatever kind, is understood, a logical basis is provided from which to develop and use techniques of fishing for the greatest success. Bernard Venables deals impartially with every angler’s fish in our freshwaters, relating each fish species to its environment. Freshwater Fishing introduces the beginner to the sport, and leads him on to quite advanced methods, providing a very full account of the tackle that may be used, including the most modern innovations. A universal textbook for the all-round angler, it is also an excellent guide for the aspiring specialist. ‘One of the best to come off the press in the past twenty years or so’ – Country Life.
The Pursuit of Stillwater Trout Brian Clarke Adam & Charles Black 1975
This is a fisherman’s book – one of those rare books with which anglers everywhere, expert and beginner alike, will be able to identify from the first chapter to the last. It is about one man’s frustration at catching little by the ‘chuck-and-chance’ methods he inherited on the reservoir bank, about his intimidation by entomology and its Latin names, and about what he decided to do to achieve not only greater success, but greater pleasure from his fishing as well. In writing this book, Brian Clarke has set out in a logical, and absorbing, way the thought processes which resulted in his being able finally to tie on one fly in preference to another – and to know that it was bound to be a sensible choice for the particular moment. The unique photographs, taken by the author, of the most important rise forms on Stillwater, and the commentary which will enable anglers everywhere to interpret them, are a major new contribution to the literature of Stillwater fly-fishing. Brian Clarke is a writer as well as a fisherman and his descriptions of the capture of some of the key fish in his life have all the excitement of a thriller.
The Trout and The Fly – A New Approach Brian Clarke & John Goddard Ernest Benn Limited 1979
“An absolute milestone of a book” is how it has already been described. And so it is. The Trout and the Fly is perhaps the most brilliant and original book to appear in the past fifty years. It throws open, literally, a window in the watery frontiers of the world of the trout. It concentrates on the trout, and on the conditions that govern its existence. In that concentration it pays particular attention to the trout’s visual perception of its environment; how it reacts to what it sees; and how a certain special image – a fly – might produce a desired reaction – a rise. But before the reader reaches that point he looks through the window with the authors. Their particular study of trout behaviour, backed by hundreds of hours of underwater observation, and thousands of close-up and high-speed photographs taken from both above and below the water, is distilled in this volume to provide a startlingly clear, new understanding of: what the fly looks like, not to the angler but to the trout (one result of which is a series of new fly patterns designed for especially difficult fish); the clues that some trout leave on the river bed, marking their favourite lies; the analysis of rise-forms, in relation to the trout’s food of the moment (and it’s implications to the angler in choosing his fly); what the angler and his tackle really look like from below the water (and what lines to use and not to use). All this information and much more is available in this handsome volume, fully illustrated with photographs and line illustrations. It contains a spectacular colour section, a book within a book, a breathtaking view which, in pictures, confirms the ultimate truths of the world of the trout and the fly.
Salmon on a Dry Fly Derek Knowles H F & G Witherby 1987
This is the first book to be published for thirty years on dry fly fishing for salmon. Since the publication of the author’s letters in Hugh Falkus’s Salmon Fishing, there has been a renewed interest in this method. The author describes the special techniques he has developed, based on the experience he has gained whilst fishing his own river in Scotland. Derek Knowles carried out many experiments which eventually led him to invent a dry fly of his own which he called the Yellow Duffy. It has proved successful in catching salmon, and he gives full details of its tying. He describes in detail the techniques of fishing the fly under the varying conditions of water and temperature, and shows why the summer months in low water conditions are most suitable. Indeed those who have experience in dry fly fishing for trout may well find themselves drawn to fishing for salmon, perhaps when on holiday, and using the lighter equipment they already have.
Famous Flies and their Originators T. Donald Overfield Adam & Charles Black 1972
Here, for the first time in angling literature is a book devoted to the life histories of those men whose names are famous in the history of artificial fly-tying. The author examines the life stories, tying techniques and the patterns of twenty famous fly dressers, Ogden, Wright, Woolley, Ronalds, Rogan and Marryat are but some of the British dressers covered by this volume, in company with such overseas masters of the craft as Theodore Gordon, Leisenring, Jacobsen, Flick, Hidy and Jennings. The book is profusely illustrated with many previously unpublished black and white photographs of the subjects of these biographies. Twelve superb colour photographs of the flies actually tied by the master craftsmen, from the historic collection of the author, are reproduced larger than life-size so that the detail work can be seen, along with eight colour drawings showing the various stages in the tying of the famous flies. All these make for a volume that the fly dresser of today has long needed. Researched and written by one of this country’s leading fly fishing and fly dressing historians, and himself an expert fly-tyer, Famous Flies and Their Originators occupies a unique position in the long history of fly-fishing literature.
The Book of The Hackle Frank Elder Scottish Academic Press 1979
There are numerous books about almost every aspect of fly fishing and while every book dealing with the artificial fly must of necessity make reference to the hackle, few deal with the subject in any detail and no book has ever been written before on this all-important part of any dry fly. Frank Elder has remedied this and in seeking to answer the fundamental question of what makes a good hackle has produced an authoritative and original work which deals systematically with all aspects of the hackle – its purpose, shape, quality and colour as well as valuable notes on breeding for hackles and their commercial supply. This important addition to angling literature will be welcomed and enjoyed by all those with an interest in the sport.
Successful Sea Trout Angling – The Practical Guide Graeme Harries & Moc Morgan Blandford Press 1989
This book is a detailed, fully illustrated, guide to every aspect of fishing for sea trout. The text explains the migrating patterns and feeding behaviour of the species and highlights the essential skills of the sport, from wetfly and dryfly, to spinning, worming and dapping. Moc Morgan and Dr Graeme Harris, both acknowledged experts in their fields of sea trout angling and research into sea trout behaviour, have combined to write this informative guide to one of the most demanding and rewarding branches of angling. Using both extensive, previously unpublished data and original sources, Successful Sea Trout Angling examines in detail the lifecycle of this fish, its conservation and the skills and knowledge needed to ensure its capture. Illustrated with over 80 line illustrations, carefully drawn to provide essential information, 60 black and white photographs and 8 pages of colour giving details of the main flies and lures, Successful Sea Trout Angling is a major source of reference for the fishing expert and enthusiast alike.
Trout Problems H D Turing Adam & Charles Black 1948
The trout fisherman, as Mr Turing points out, is particular. “He wants his trout of a creditable size; he wants plenty of them; in most cases he wants them to feed extensively on the winged insects which breed in the water; to feed on them during daylight which necessitates good hatches of fly that will change into the winged stage during the daylight hours; and both of them – the trout to feed and the insects to hatch – on those days when he is on the riverbank – all the spring and summer in fact.” Many problems have to be solved to bring this about, and it is some of the most fascinating of these problems which are examined here. The author’s earlier books and his contributions to The Salmon and Trout Magazine and The Field have established for his writing a reputation for soundness and practical sense, for stimulating thought and clarity of style. All those qualities are apparent in this book, his most important contribution thus far to angling literature.
A History of The Fishhook and The Story of Mustad The Hookmaker Hans Jorgen Hurum Adam & Charles Black 1977
When one considers what an important part the humble fish hook has played in the life of Man, it is surprising that so little has been written about it. From the very earliest times, and from all parts of the world, comes evidence that man has expended a great deal of intellectual thought, knowledge of metals, craftsmanship, and even low cunning, in the improvement of a tool for catching fish. In this book the story of the hook is traced from the caveman of a million or more years ago to the fisherman of today. The story of the modern hook, which is the greater part of this book, is told partly through the history of a Norwegian firm whose name is familiar to all anglers – O Mustad & Son. The closed world of family and factory is contrasted with the life of the roving adventurers who made up the sales force, embarking on month and year-long journeys into sometimes unexplored territory, sending back samples from the far corners of the earth. In addition to presenting much hitherto unpublished material the author has provided a fascinating collection of illustrations which bring the subject vividly before the reader’s eyes.
Fly Fishing – Memories of Angling Days J R Hartley Stanley Paul 1991
J r Hartley’s best known catch to date is the public imagination. But here is his elusive fishing recollections told in a series of sometimes vividly comic chronological cameos, ranging over period and location – from Yorkshire schooldays in the early 1930’s, through memorable outings on chalk stream, spate river and loch, to a startling conclusion half a lifetime later on a Scottish summer night. Complemented by his protégé Patrick Benson’s evocative illustrations, and with his angling expertise lightly threaded throughout, J R’s story will touch every fly fisherman’s experience. But it is a book, too, that will appeal to everyone, even those who never held a rod, for the engaging portrait that emerges of the ultimate reluctant hero.
The Trout Fly Patterns of John Goddard John Goddard Merlin Unwin 2004 – Signed Copy
John Goddard is one of the world’s premier fly fishermen. His scholarship parallels his fishing skills. These are pragmatic patterns. Goddard passes on what his extensive hours on the water have helped him develop. Most of his time is on the classic British chalk streams where selective brown trout are hard to fool. Yet his patterns are not particularly complex, not difficult to tie. For those of us who do not fish frequently enough to develop our own statistically proven flies this is a wonderful source on what flies to tie and how to fish them. Good recipes with helpful accompanying text.
Trout Flies of Stillwater John Goddard Adam & Charles Black 1972
The enormous increase in the popularity of reservoir trout fishing in the last fifteen years has placed a new and vital importance on the study of Stillwater insects. In fact for centuries men have observed the lake flies which make trout rise but never before has a study of this kind been undertaken in such depth. John Goddard brings exceptional talent to his work. To begin with, he is both a skilled and experienced trout fisherman and one as well armed in the techniques of Stillwater as in those used on a river. He also has the gifts of acute observation and great patience, and has used these to extend existing knowledge by practical study at the lakeside, by breeding many insects in his tanks at home and by long hours spent at the microscope. Above all he has been able to reinforce these studies by his skill in photography. The splendid colour plates are not only a valuable aid to identification: they reveal too the quite extraordinary beauty of some of these insects. This is essentially a practical book and the reader can wade in as deeply as his fancy decides. For the serious student of entomology there is much food for thought, much of it new. As a work of reference for the growing army of reservoir fishermen it is an invaluable aid to identification and to the selection of the right artificial. Not least important is the sound advice it contains on the strategy and tactics of Stillwater trout fishing. John Goddard’s previous book earned him his rightful place among the great angling entomologists of the past – Ronalds, Halford, Skues, West, Mosely, Dunne to mention but a few. This place in both the literature and the history of angling is further secured by this fine book.
The Grayling Angler John Roberts H F & G Witherby Ltd 1982
The attraction of grayling fishing has caught the eye of both fly and bait angler alike. The grayling is a sporting fish which offers a challenge to an increasing number of anglers. In this volume John Roberts describes the fishes life-cycle and feeding habits, and gives much practical and valuable advice on angling methods and techniques, devoting chapters to dry fly, traditional wet fly and bait fishing. Over the years the grayling has been much maligned, and its numbers considerably reduced in some waters by netting and pollution. In his book the author enters a strong plea for a more enlightened attitude to the conservation of this elegant and truly game fish. John Roberts’ section on artificial flies, where he gives details of over 60 patterns, is supplemented by two plates in colour which reproduce many of these. Other colour plates and over 30 photographs in the text illustrate many aspects of interest to the grayling (and trout) angler. Arthur Oglesby in his Foreword says: – “For those who love grayling as I do, John Roberts has added a noteworthy contribution to our comparatively scant knowledge of this lovely fish. I commend his work to all game fishermen.”
Fly Tying Development and Progress John Veniard & Donald Downs A & C Black 1972
Book currently out on loan
Fly Tying Problems and their Answers John Veniard & Donald Downs A & C Black 1970
Book currently out on loan
Modern Fly Tying Techniques John Veniard & Donald Downs Adam & Charles Black 1973
In the world of fly dressing the names of John Veniard and Donald Downs have become famous for the lucid description and clear illustration of the art of fly dressing. The combination of John Veniard’s text and Donald Downs’ illustrations has been largely responsible for the growing popularity of fly-tying, not only through their books, but also their many lecture tours. They started their monthly Fly Tyer’s forum articles in Trout and Salmon magazine in February 1970, in which they sought the ideas of amateur fly dressers. The response was tremendous, and from the first 14 Forum articles came the book ‘Fly-Tying Development and Progress’. Now the rest of articles have been adapted to make this present book, so that many good ideas from the forum are not lost and can find a permanent place on the book shelves of fly-tying enthusiasts.
Flytyers Masterclass Oliver Edwards Merlin Unwin Books 1994
Oliver Edwards is famous for his perfectionism when it comes to tying flies. But he does not tie for show cases – his aim is purely to create flies that catch fish. The fly patterns described step-by-step in this book are 20 key ones for the Flyfisher. With a good range of these flies in your box, in differing sizes and colours, you will have an irresistible menu for the most pernickety of trout. This is the art of imitative flytying, and it comes from an expert whose clear illustrations make even the trickiest of techniques – from parachute hackles to dubbing loops – seem straightforward. As every flytyer knows, a good fly becomes an excellent fly when the right materials are used, and when the fly has good size, weight and profile (the latter being a crucial ’trigger’ to the fish). Here, Oliver will save you hours of trial and error by directing you immediately to the most effective patterns. This book is the result of 30 years of field research into insect-life, using jars, nets and marrow spoons, and a similar length of time spent experimenting with techniques and materials at the tying vice. He has left no stone unturned in his quest to find out what the trout eat and therefore what fly dressing might be best suited for the job. This Masterclass includes: 20 superb patterns for the Flyfisher; clear step-by-step tying instructions; tips on how to fish these patterns; how to master new tying techniques; the best materials to use – including modern synthetics; fascinating entomological background to help the flytyer.
Matching The Hatch – Stillwater; River & Stream Pat O’Reilly Swan Hill 1997
Book currently out on loan
The Angler’s Sedge – Tying and Fishing The Caddis Taff Price Blandford Press 1989
The sedge, also known as the caddis, is one of the most fascinating patterns for the trout fisherman. It is also one of the most rewarding and versatile. It can be fished as a nymph early in the season, as a pupa or wet-fly in mid-season, and as one of the great dry flies on both still water and river from mid-season onwards. The revolutionary book by Taff Price follows the life cycle of the sedge, from caddis larva through the pupa to the adult sedge fly, and gives numerous fly-tying patterns and detailed fishing hints for each step of the life cycle. The book is international in scope, embracing not only sedge and caddis patterns from Britain but also successful American patterns and winning patterns from Scandinavia, Germany, Spain and Yugoslavia. Topics covered in detail: the natural history of the sedge; caddis larva imitations; fishing the caddis larva; imitations of the pupa; tying the adult sedge; tying the dry sedge; fishing the adult sedge; index of natural sedges; index of fly patterns. The Angler’s Sedge is illustrated with over 300 drawings showing life cycles, where to fish a water at a particular point in the season, the flies needed for success, and numerous illustrations showing how to tie the patterns. Also included is an invaluable colour section.
The Blameless Sport – Some Piscatory Excursions in Prose and Verse Wilfred Walter Morris Methuen & Co Ltd 1929
A volume of intermingled prose and verse depicting the various phases of the angler’s year, with character sketches of quaint anglers, descriptions of days spent in the pursuit of trout and other fish, and some discussion of topics of interest to the salmon and trout fisher. The author has something to say, too, about the natural life that the angler sees in the woods and by the river’s side. In short, the book is an angler’s ‘mixed creel’.
The River Windrush Wilson MacArthur Cassell and Company Ltd 1946
The Windrush is one of the gentle northern tributaries of the Thames that flows down from Gloucestershire through the quiet meadows of Oxfordshire. Yet it is, in its way, the expression of rural England, and in the pages of this book and the many photographs with which it is embellished, Nr MacArthur has captured the spirit of the countryside. Starting from the riverhead he follows he Windrush from bridge to meadow, from meadow to tow, through Northleach and Witney and Bourton-on-the Water to where it meets the Thames, telling its story as he goes, and bringing before us the people, the places, the adventures he encountered on the way.
Salmon Flies – Their Character, Style and Dressing Poul Jorgensen Stackpole Books 1978
“The most remarkable and the most beautiful fishing flies an angler can tie to his leader are those created for salmon,” says master fly tier Poul Jorgensen. His new ‘Salmon Flies, their character, style and dressing’ gives today’s tier complete information and techniques for tying over 60 traditional and modern salmon fly patterns – and the opportunity to participate in a true fly tying art. Patterns like the legendary Jock Scott, the Blue Charm and the General Practitioner are the most elaborate and colourful in the fly tying world, flies befitting the magnificent “King of Fish” – the Atlantic and Pacific salmon. They are among the oldest of fishing lures, having been tied and fished continuously from early 19th century England and Scotland up to today, when they have been joined by the Rat series, the Spey flies, salmon dry flies, and modern tube flies. The tying techniques for early salmon flies have been handed down over two hundred years with very little change to the few remaining practitioners of the art; perhaps foremost amongst them is the American master, Poul Jorgensen. Now, fly tiers and salmon fishermen can know the satisfaction of tying patterns like the Block Doctor, Ranger Wing, Grey Heron, or the Hairy Mary – patterns that are a joy to tie, to display, and to use on salmon expeditions. Despite their reputation (and the expense of the commercially tied flies) Jorgensen maintains that salmon flies are not difficult to tie, and “anyone who can tie a decent trout fly can learn to dress a salmon fly.” ‘Salmon Flies’ opens the door to this ultimate fly tying experience. For the tier who takes pleasure in working with new patterns and materials, here are the special salmon winging and body techniques, and many ties not recorded before, including Jorgensen’s original Blue Rat and Sir Conrad, as well as new nymphs, prawns and dry flies. For the salmon angler the pleasures offered by ‘Salmon Flies’ are doubled in fishing the fall and spring migratory runs, perhaps to land a brawny thirty-pound fish on a fly tied by his own hand. This book is a truly modern approach to tying flies for salmon using today’s tools and materials. In crisp step-by-step tying sequences, Jorgensen takes the willing tier from basic low-water patterns and simple Dee-strip flies, to prawns, grubs, and tube flies, Spey flies, and the magnificently fully dressed patterns. It is international in scope, bringing together the traditional ties of the British Isles and the best of the later American influences. Moreover, it is a work of a true angling craftsman, a chance for today’s fly tier to learn the way of salmon flies from the finest of teachers. Poul Jorgensen preserves one of angling’s finest traditions with care, simplicity, and style. It is a sincere invitation to all anglers to join in this celebration of the fly tier’s art.
Fly Dresser Magazine The Fly Dressers Guild Winter 1994 to Spring 1997
A bound selection of the Fly Dresser Magazine covering the period from the Winter issue of 1994 through to the Spring issue of 1997.
Fly Dresser Magazine The Fly Dressers Guild 1998 – 2000
Publication currently out on loan
Fly Dressers’ Guide John  Veniard Adam & Charles Black 1968
Fly tying goes back for at least five centuries in this country, but only during the past hundred years has there been such a keen interest in the art as there is today. During the leisurely period of the last half of the nineteenth century and the early years of the present one, many famous fishermen contributed with their knowledge and experience to make fly-fishing the grand sport we know it to be. Such men as F. M. Halford, G. E. M. Skues, H. G. McClelland, T. Gordon, Dr. V. Baigent, J. W. Dunne, Major J. H. Hale, A. Courtney Williams, L. West and many others have all played their part, and the good work is still being carried on by those who have followed in their footsteps. Special mention should be made of T. E. Pryce-Tannatt, Major Sir Gerald Burrard, E. Taverner, T. R. Henn, R. L. Marston, Editor of The Fishing Gazette, E. Marshall Hardy, Editor of Angling, and those fine professionals, Roger Woolley, T. J. Hanna, Ray Bergman, and W. Lunn. To all these, and many others, together with famous fishing tackle firms such as Hardy’s, Allcock’s, Milward’s, Farlow’s, etc., who gave them encouragement, we owe the pleasure of the infinite variety we have today. Although intended primarily as a textbook and book of reference for the amateur fly-tier, it is hoped that fly-tiers of all kinds will find something of instruction or interest in its pages. Instructions will be found to cover practically every known type of fly, both trout and salmon, etc., I say practically, because to include every type would not only be a monumental task, but the book would never be up to date. New materials and ideas are always cropping up, and it is this constant interest, and the search for new ideas and materials, which makes fly-tying the fascinating and absorbing pastime which many of us know it to be. The emphasis will be on materials and fly-tying, as the entomological side of the subject has been dealt with successfully by others more versed in this than myself. Two of the most up to date entomological works, both of outstanding merit, are An Anglers’ Entomology by J. R. Harris, and Trout Fly Recognition by John Goddard. Both give graphic details of those natural insects which are important to fly-fishing, and both have helpful coloured plates of the larval, nymphal and adult stages of these insects. The imitation of the natural fly and the patterns required for specific waters, must he left to the ingenuity and knowledge of the fly-tier himself, but these cannot be applied unless he has the ability to tie his flies, and the necessary materials at his disposal. I hope this book will simplify this part of his work. Much of the information contained herein has already been dealt with by other authors, but no book of this kind would be complete without it. I can think of no better conclusion for this introduction than to continue the quotation from the pen of Coombe Richards which is on the fly-leaf of this book “Fishing, to my mind, is incomplete until the angler does that, be they for Salmon, Sea, or Brown Trout, for each one brings with its fashioning a wealth of pleasure, anticipation, and delight.”
Trout & Salmon Flies of Wales Moc Morgan Merlin Unwin Books 1996
This illustrated guide to the fishing flies of Wales features the trout, sewin (seatrout) and salmon patterns currently in use on rivers and lakes throughout the country. It includes all the traditional, and the best modern, Welsh flies, plus the ‘imported’ flies which are particularly successful on Welsh waters. The book contains colour photos of the flies and a list of the materials used to ties each one; the rivers and lakes on which they are most frequently used; who invented them, for what purpose, and why they have endured; and , most importantly, the book discloses which flies the locals use, from Conway, to Usk and to Teifi. Coch-a-bon-ddu, Pry-copyn, Wil Harry, Welshman’s Button, Conway Blue, Teifi Terror – these are among the better-known Welsh flies. But this book also features flies which are perhaps less familiar (yet no less effective at the right place and time) such as Evan’s Usk March Brown, Lewi’s Killer, Pryce Tannatt’s Gravel Bed and the Bongoch. Wales has a rich collection of flies, from bushy bob flies for the rivers, to small emergers for the trout lakes, from silvery lures for sewin, to streamlined hairwings for salmon. The invaluable reference work will appeal to all anglers in Wales, whether locals hungry for background information about their regular flies or visitors in need of some sound local advice.
Trout & Salmon Flies of Ireland Peter O’Reilly Merlin Unwin Books 1996
This comprehensive, illustrated guide to the fishing flies of Ireland critically assesses the trout, salmon and seatrout patterns currently used by anglers in Ireland. In alphabetical order, it features the traditional Irish flies, plus the tried and tested flies that have been imported by anglers to Ireland- what the look like and the materials used to tie them; the loughs and rivers on which they are most frequently used; at what time of the year and in which conditions to use them; and, most importantly,  the book discloses which flies the locals use, from River Bann at Coleraine to Lough Currane at Waterville, recommend. Connemara Black, Green Peter, Murrough, Kingsmill, Beltra Badger – these are among the better-known Irish flies. But this book also features the more obscure, yet equally effective contenders, such as Mosely’s Mayfly, the Ballinderry Black, Purcell’s Peter and the Dabbler. The flies that you will find here are as varied as the fishing of Ireland itself, from tiny dries, to emergers, to wet mayflies for the big loughs; and hairwings, tubes, mini-tubes and fully-dressed patterns for salmon. Peter O’Reilly, an expert flytyer, has produced the flies photographed in this book, and – for added interest – he has included some regional patterns tied by local masters. This book is an invaluable reference work for all anglers in Ireland, whether locals or visitors.
The Flytier’s Manual Mike Dawes Collins 1989
There is nothing more satisfying, writes Mike Dawes, than catching a fish on a fly that you yourself have tied. In this attractive and practical guide for the fly fisherman, the author presents exact instructions and illustrations for nearly 400 varieties of fly patterns. The book briefly outlines the essential equipment for flytying and discusses the basic methods of fishing with nymphs, dry flies, wet flies, lures and streamers. The main part of the book is devoted to fly patterns. Here the reader will delight in the detailed tying instructions, carefully illustrated with over 300 line drawings by renowned fly fisherman Taff Price. The scope of fly patterns is truly international, with national and regional variations also given. Over 200 colour illustrations – all specially taken by the author – complement the step-by-step instructions, to make this one of the useful reference books ever to be published for the fly fisherman.
Fly Tying for Trout Eric Taverner Seeley Service & Co 1947
To catch a fish with a fly of one’s own tying adds immensely to the pleasure of fishing. Anyone who has had the use of his hands can learn to do so in an astonishingly short space of time. Moreover, it is one of the few things in fishing that can be learned from a book. Every detail of method and material is given in this copiously illustrated book. It will carry the beginner from his first fumblings with silk and feather till he is able, at the riverside, to tie the fly he wants in a few minutes. And, as well, there are precious few expert fly-tiers who will not find that there is a great deal that they can learn from Mr Taverner’s experience. The dressings of all trout flies in common use today are given, including what was for a long time the closely guarded secret of the Tup dubbing.
Fifty Salmon Fly Dressings E Veniard Ltd Wavell Press Ltd Not listed
Booklet Number 4 – This booklet has been printed to meet the demand due to more exhaustive works on the subject being out of print. The beginner should endeavour to obtain the following ‘How to Tie Salmon Flies by Major J H Hale’; ‘Fly-Tying: Principles and Practice by Major G Burrard’; ‘How to dress Salmon Flies by T Pryce-Tannatt’ or ‘Fly Dressers Guide by John Veniard’ – not illustrated.
Hair Wing Flies and Streamer Flies Compiled by John Veniard Wavell Press Ltd Not listed
Booklet Number 5 – For river, lake and reservoir fishing in Great Britain (Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown and rainbow Trout) and for Salmon, Sea Trout and Cutthroat Trout in both hemispheres – not illustrated.
One Hundred and One Fly Dressings E Veniard Ltd Wavell Press Ltd Not listed
Booklet produced giving recipes for One Hundred and One fly dressings for Trout, Sea Trot and Grayling – not illustrated.
Sea Trout Flies James Waltham Adam & Charles Black 1988
Sea Trout Flies is the result of James Waltham’s lifetime experience as a dedicated fly-fisherman and within its pages are to be found flies for every sea trout fishing occasion. Anyone who loves angling will be delighted to discover the wealth of new ideas and innovative thinking behind so many of the patterns, all backed up by sound advice on how and when to use the flies to their best advantage. Some patterns included have even proved deadly for brown and rainbow trout; others are extremely good takers of salmon. There are chapters on fry imitations, sunk lures, moths, nymphs, tube flies and dry flies, and there is also a section on the American Steelhead flies. A large proportion of flies from the author’s newly introduced Sea Trout Killing range are his own inventions; others are the creation of modern thinkers on this subject; such as Robert McHaffe, Hugh Falkus and Ernie Massey. To assist the fly-dresser, detailed instructions are given on how to dress the more complicated patterns, many of which the author has illustrated with easy-to-follow line drawings or with his favourite photographs.
Guide to New Fly Patterns Bob Church The Crowood Press 1993
In his Guide to Trout Flies, Bob Church classified 400 of the most popular traditional fly patterns. Now, in this Guide to New Fly Patterns, he introduces 400 brand new flies, making use of modern materials that have revolutionised the art of fly-tying in recent years. Each fly is described and illustrated in full, including dressing and comments regarding when to use it and how to fish it effectively. These are patterns for reservoirs, lochs, small fisheries, gravel pits and rivers; and for grayling, salmon and sea trout. Further guest contributions from internationally renowned fly-fishermen and fly-tyers make this the most remarkable collection of fly patterns ever assembled. With colour photographs throughout from Peter Gathercole, including a sequence showing how to tie a fly, Bob Church’s Guide to New Fly Patterns will be essential reading for today’s fly-fisher or fly-tyer.
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Fly Tying for Beginners Peter Gathercole Aurum 2005
The ability to tie your own flies gives an added dimension to the angler’s sport – there is nothing so satisfying as seeing a trout rise, or feeling the tug of a salmon or sea trout, when you are fishing a fly that you not only chose but actually tied yourself.
This book is addressed to newcomers to the art and craft of fly-tying and assumes no prior knowledge or experience. It starts by introducing readers to the tools, materials and basic techniques before going on to give clear, foolproof instructions for tying fifty tried and tested patterns, ranging from classic dry and wet trout flies to nymphs, hairwings and streamers as well as a selection of salmon flies suitable for use in all conditions.
The instructions for each pattern are given on a single spread accompanied by step-by-step photographs showing each stage in the process and the book’s spiral binding means that it will lie open on the bench for easy reference, leaving both hands free. As well as suggesting the quarry and conditions for which each fly is suitable, the author also provides advice on how, and at what depth, it should be fished.
The Fly Tying Bible Peter Gathercole Aurum 2003
With a double-page spread devoted to each pattern, featuring step-by-step instructions in full colour, and ring-bound so that it will lie flat on the bench or table top beside the fly-tying vice, this is the ideal reference book for anglers who wish to tie their own versions of the most successful patterns in current use.
Peter Gathercole starts with an introduction to fly-tying basics, materials, equipment and techniques. He divides the flies themselves into five categories: Dry Flies, Nymphs and Bugs, Wet Flies, Streamers, and Hairwings and cover patterns that have a proven success record in catching trout, salmon and grayling in rivers and lakes throughout the world.
On each spread there is a key indicating which species the fly is designed to attract, a brief description of when and how it should be used, a full-colour photograph of the finished fly indicating the materials used for the body, rib, hackle, etc., the range of hook sizes for which the pattern is suitable and, on the facing page, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for tying.
A craft requiring patience, practice and the right instruction, this comprehensive guide has remained a highly popular choice among fly-fishermen since its original publication in 2003.