Fishing Flies

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9780007288458: Fishing Flies

The most complete guide to fishing flies Describes every type of fly - freshwater and saltwater Covers flies from around the world Every fly is illustrated with a specially taken photograph Flies are tied by some of the world's most famous fly-tiers Collins Fishing Flies is the encyclopaedic guide to the huge range of flies now being used by the modern fly-fisherman, whether they are fishing for the traditional quarry of salmon and trout, chasing bonefish on the tropical flats of the Caribbean, or stalking pike in the cold fens of East Anglia, and everything in between. Collins Fishing Flies not only describes every type of fly used to catch all types of fresh- and saltwater fish, it also describes every type from every country that is currently used. This unique combination allows the fisherman to select flies that may have never been used in their area, or never used to catch that species of fish, or perhaps both, and thus allow the fish to be offered something different. Collins Fishing Flies is divided into fourteen sections: EARLY FLIES NORTH COUNTRY SPIDERS LARVAE & PUPA DRY FLIES AND FLOATING FLIES CUT- OR BURNT-FEATHER WINGS UPWINGED FLY SPINNER FANCY WET FLIES OR LOCH/SEA TROUT FLIES STREAMERS AND BUCKTAILS FLIES FOR SALMON, SEA TROUT AND STEELHEAD SHRIMPS AND PRAWNS SALMON DRY FLIES FLIES FOR SEA-RUN TROUT: SEA TROUT, STEELHEAD, CUTTHROAT AND CHAR FLIES FOR FRESHWATER PREDATORS SALTWATER FLIES For each fly the exact recipe is given, with hints on how to tie the perfect fly, plus a specially commissioned photograph of that fly. In all over 1300 flies are covered in detail.

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About the Author:

Malcolm Greenhalgh is a fly-fisher, fly-tyer, conservationist and writer. He has fly-fished in rivers, lakes and the sea throughout Europe and North America, sought bonefish, permit and tarpon on many a tropical 'flat' and searched for toothy predators in remote Amazonian tributaries. He is author of about fifteen books on fish and fly-fishing. He has demonstrated fly-tying at many fairs, shows and conclaves and on many videos/DVDs. Jason Smalley has been a professional photographer for over 20 years, specialising on wildlife, countryside and gardens. His photographs appear in a wide range of magazines and journals, including The Field, Country Life, BBC Wildlife and Reader's Digest. He also photographs all the flies appearing in the magazine Fly-Fishing & Fly-Tying.

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Greenhalgh states he is not interested in showing us any fly-fishing flies that have not caught fish and that alone should merit this book more attention than others that show us pretty flies with no track record... Although the work does not explain how to tie flies, anyone who has taken a class from a decent teacher will be able to make flies from the descriptions given here. That said, some of the flies are formidable challenges for even the best tiers, and readers must take that into consideration. Greenhalgh's introduction succinctly describes the history and evolution of fly-fishing by recounting the flies of such luminaries as Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton. The author then describes more than 1,300 flies... Entries are organized into subsections and include "recipes" (uniform lists of parts) along with brief descriptions. Often there are three flies described and pictured on a page. Jason Smalley's illustrations are lovely color photos on white paper... The book is large and
heavy because of the paper's quality but very reasonably priced.
Greenhalgh states he is not interested in showing us any fly-fishing flies that have not caught fish, and that alone should merit this book more attention than others that show us pretty flies with no track record... Although the work does not explain how to tie flies, anyone who has taken a class from a decent teacher will be able to make flies from the descriptions given here... Each chapter begins with the history of fishing for that particular type of fish. Within chapters, entries are organized into subsections and include "recipes" (uniform lists of parts) along with brief descriptions. Often there are three flies described and pictured on a page. Jason Smalley's illustrations are lovely color photos on white paper... Any library with a large population of fishermen among its users would want this work, as would most land-grant colleges with fisheries programs. The book is large and heavy because of the paper's quality but very reasonably priced. (Clay Williams Booklist 2010-11-01)

Fishing Flies: A World Encyclopedia of Every Type of Fly is thick but not dense, offering a fascinating overview that avid anglers and fishing greenhorns alike can enjoy... I found Fishing Flies accessible, interesting and well laid out. Malcolm Greenhalgh provides engaging text nicely illustrated with lots of color photographs by Jason Smalley as well as well-chosen historical images and documents... While serious anglers will want more specialized books on particular species or regions on their shelves, this is a dependable standard guide and a good read, too... Even if you never dip a line, it's fascinating. (Kate Wallace Saint John Telegraph-Journal 2010-07-24)

Fishing Flies: A World Encyclopedia of Every Type of Fly presents a mind-boggling array of flies--more than 1,300--for use under almost every conceivable condition. Fly angler, fly tier and conservationist Malcolm Greenhalgh and photographer Jason Smiley provide an informative and handsome compendium of many of the world's artificial flies--covering dry and wet flies, nymphs and streamers for fresh and saltwater species. The volume brims with hard-won advice and entertaining anecdotes. (Robert Reid Waterloo Region Record 2010-08-28)

Fishing Flies: A World Encyclopedia of Every Type of Fly is thick but not dense, offering a fascinating overview that avid anglers and fishing greenhorns alike can enjoy.... I found Fishing Flies accessible, interesting and well laid out. Malcolm Greenhalgh provides engaging text nicely illustrated with lots of color photographs by Jason Smalley as well as well-chosen historical images and documents.... While serious anglers will want more specialized books on particular species or regions on their shelves, this is a dependable standard guide and a good read, too.... Even if you never dip a line, it's fascinating. (Kate Wallace Saint John Telegraph-Journal 2010-07-24)

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