Learn to tie 17 popular nymphs, dry flies, and streamers Master fundamental tying techniques in a series of practical lessons "Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying" is a modern course in fly-tying fundamentals covering the essential tools, materials, and techniques needed to tie a wide range of popular flies. With 1,000 photos, Craven covers cutting-edge techniques for the more tried-and-true classics, such as the Royal Wulff, Adams, and Hare's Ear, and shares innovative approaches to current patterns such as the Brassie, RS2, and Copper John. With clear, concise text, Craven provides tips and techniques from his over thirty years of tying flies for fly shops on Colorado's Front Range. This book is built on Craven's successful fly-tying classes, which start out with simple flies and work toward more complex patterns, all the while teaching techniques and introducing materials by tying popular patterns that catch fish in Eastern and Western streams. This series of lessons show how flies build on one another, enabling readers to tie a wide range of patterns simply by breaking them down into parts. Craven illustrates the progression with his meticulous directions to fingerbusters like Copper Johns, Stimulators, and Humpies. This book, which is sure to become a standard text for basic fly tying, covers 17 flies (including recipes for popular variations), including the Brassie, Black Beauty, RS2, Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, Copper John, Woolly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator, Adams, Rusty Spinner, Parachute Blue-Winged Olive, X Comparadun, Royal Wulff, Humpy, and Goddard Caddis.
Learn all the essential tying techniques for the top streamer patterns from master fly tier Charlie Craven. The 18 featured patterns with recipes and complete step-by-step instructions include a mix of classic and modern patterns to showcase not only fish-catching flies, but also the best range of techniques. Includes tips from other top tiers, the latest information on new materials, 50 additional top patterns and recipes, and more than 800 color photos. Featured flies include Baby Gonga, Black Ghost, Clouser, Dirty Hippy, Double Bunny, Game Changer, Heifer Groomer, Lead Eyed Bugger, Matuka, Mickey Finn, Muddler, Platte River Special, Platte River Spider, Sculpzilla, Slumpbuster, Sparkle Minnow, Tequeely, and Thin Mint.
"Forget everything you thought you knew about tying nymphs. Charlie Craven always seems to find more efficient ways to produce sexier flies. Not only does he have a critical and a creative mind, he is the best communicator in fly tying today, with a neighborly, engaging writing style and clear, detailed photography that will drag you kicking and screaming into the world of better fly tying." -- Ross Purnell, editor, Fly Fisherman magazine
Barr is the most successful designer of commercially distributed flies in the world. The Barr Emerger is an unrivaled pattern for western mayfly situations, and the Copper John has evolved into the most popular fly of the millennium. Learn Barr's methods for tying his favorite flies, with step-by-step instructions and clear color photos so even inexperienced tiers can create the Copper John, Barr Emerger, B/C Hopper, Tung Teaser, Slumpbuster, and more.
Carp are the fly rodder's ultimate gamefish. This is the first comprehensive book on tying the best flies for carp, featuring patterns and techniques from anglers around the United States. With over 600 step-by-step photos and over 20 patterns by tiers ranging from Barry Reynolds to Bob Clouser to author Jay Zimmerman, including fishing information, this book is the definitive fly-tying resource for those who love the challenge of fooling carp on the fly.
What if you could peer into the fly boxes of the guides who make their living helping people catch fish, day in and day out? With this comprehensive guide to the best patterns for Colorado rivers and reservoirs, now you can. Not only are these patterns effective for Colorado, but anglers from around the world will discover new flies for their home waters. • 600 patterns from the state's top guides and fly tiers • Complete hatch information for the state • Interviews with 20 of the state's top guides
If you are looking for a sport that combines an outdoor adventure with patience, creativity, and perseverance, get ready to fly fish! The techniques for fly fishing are simple to learn and can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Fly fishermen can fish in many locations, including saltwater and freshwater environments. They can fish for bass, trout, salmon, and many other species. Anglers will learn to cast and move a handcrafted fly expertly to fool a fish into going for a favorite meal. This thorough resource will help readers develop their fishing skills and enjoy a safe outdoor experience in nature.