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The Fly-Fisher's Craft: The Art and History

Martin, Darrel

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ISBN 10: 1510703640 / ISBN 13: 9781510703643
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Num Pages: 304 pages, Color photos throughout, color illustrations throughout. BIC Classification: WSXF. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 280 x 216 x 30. Weight in Grams: 1497. . 2016. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781510703643

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Title: The Fly-Fisher's Craft: The Art and History

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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An illustrated guide to historical and modern flies, hooks, lines, and loop rods.

Whether looking for a back-to-basics approach to fly-tying or a better understanding of its history, The Fly-Fisher?s Craft is the perfect volume to educate the curious angler as well as to provide tips of the trade. A detailed history of fly-tying and historical flies are coupled with the author?s personal modern fly patterns, satisfying the fisher?s desire for the pastoral and practical.

In The Fly-Fisher?s Craft, experienced outdoors writer Darrel Martin provides thoroughly researched history and careful instruction accompanied by color photographs throughout. Chapters cover a wide variety of topics, such as:

Tying in antiquity
Fly design
Personal patterns
Hooks and lines
And much more!

In a newly augmented edition, new readers will have the chance to discover the roots of fly fishing and fly tying from antiquity up through the modern era. With forewords by Ted Leeson and by John Betts, both respected angling authors, this book is a complete source for the fly-tier.

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The act of deceiving a fish has beguiled mankind such that it became an art form passed down the millennia. When considering angling?s rich history, all anglers eventually wonder how we ever managed to fish without graphite rods, synthetic lines, and nylon leaders. But up until only the past few decades, we have gone a-fishing solely with a variety of painstakingly handcrafted devices constructed of natural materials: hand-wrought steel hooks, carefully selected furs and feathers, gut leaders, furled horsehair lines, and wooden loop-rods lashed together.
In The Fly-Fisher?s Craft, noted angling author Darrel Martin brings his decades of research, hundreds of color photographs, and years of experimentation to bear on the fascinating evolution of fly fishing contrivances, from the practical to the fanciful, from the dawn of written history until today. Martin shows where these technologies were first documented, why they came to be, and details how even today we can burnish our own handmade hooks, furl a horsehair leader, and fashion a functioning rod from readily available wood. He also documents the intriguing art and evolution of fly tying in particular detail, from the earliest documented methods and materials to some of today?s most modern patterns, which still inevitably draw on the pedigree of their ancient forebears. What?s more, all of these natural marvels still work today, just as they did when Izaak Walton retired to compose his classic treatise, The Compleat Angler. In The Fly-Fisher?s Craft, we discover that everything old is new again, that good ideas never die, and that the surprising sophistication and wisdom of those who came before has never been more relevant for today?s practitioners of the gentle art of fly fishing.

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