Need Recommendation for a Good Fly Tying Book

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Need Recommendation for a Good Fly Tying Book

Post by northhouguy » Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:47 pm

I'm a novice tyer just getting back into the hobby after 35 or so years. I'm looking for a good book with patterns/recipes as well as a basic tutorial.

I'm 3 hours from the Guad, 15 hours from the Pueblo Tail Race, 24 hours from Yellow Creek in PA and 6 hours from the Little Mo in AR.

So I'd like a book that would include streamers and flies for trout & pan fish, (I don't care about bass right now).

Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks,


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Re: Need Recommendation for a Good Fly Tying Book

Post by moorerust1 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:34 pm

Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies by Pat Dorsey is my favorite...lots of great patterns that have helped me tremendously this year! I'd also suggest getting on the web and going to Youtube for video tutorials!

Good luck!


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Re: Need Recommendation for a Good Fly Tying Book

Post by Alex Argyros » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:04 pm

Just take any hook, dub a nicely tapered body of dark brown fur, and then spend the rest of your time worrying about presentation. It will be time well spent.

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Re: Need Recommendation for a Good Fly Tying Book

Post by weightforward » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:46 am

My absolute favorite (free/youtube) fly tying videos are from DavieMcPhail is a great resource too.

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Re: Need Recommendation for a Good Fly Tying Book

Post by lhill » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:50 am

Alex is probably right. But as far as books with basic tutorials/instructions I use Tying Trout Flies by C. Boyd Pfeiffer I got at Half Priced Books, Essential Trout Flies by Dave Hughes, and Nymphs Tying and Fishing by Larry Tullis has some basic information.

I really like Barr Flies by John Barr, designed the Copper John, and flies that Ron McAlpin ties, esp. the BWO emerger.

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Re: Need Recommendation for a Good Fly Tying Book

Post by sgbaker » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:05 pm

I’ve only been tying a couple of years but have really jumped in. I agree with Alex that K.I.S.S. in the beginning is a really good idea. Resist the urge to buy a lot of exotic, expensive materials until you get skills developed; it’s cheaper just to buy #20 Adams. Excellent flies for the Guadalupe may be tied with very basic materials; i.e. Zebras, G.E.M.’s, Pheasant tail nymphs,RS2,WD40, Buggers, Squirmy Worms, eggs, etc.

My favorite book is Dave Whitlock’s Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods. It isn’t just a pattern book; it deals with all aspects of understanding trout feeding, including why flies are tied as they are.

My Youtube subscriptions are:

Scflytying , great for beginners: ... Y6MhtfKgbg


Jim Misiura: ... 5M_3P2dBig

InTheRiffle ... awn5lMrIsg

My most productive approach has been to get pattern names from here on the forum; look them up on Youtube and,( if I can find them,) buy a couple from a local shop to use as samples.

I buy Sabre hooks, and some other supplies ,from

They are much less expensive than brand name hooks

Hope it helps,
So much to learn, so little time

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