This page contains selected books I like that are different , interesting, unusual or new.
Here's a list of the titles I have on hand:
*Key: PB= Paper Back
*HB= Hard Bound
I reviewed a stack of new books and choose these titles as the ones I like the most.
New Titles : These are some books which I have been just released. I have reviewed several and I picked these to be the best of the bunch. Further down are several titles which I also picked that I think are useful to the fly fisher and fly tyer. Also be sure to check out my set of fishing maps for New York, the Sportsman's Guides, which have full color maps with loads of information at a great price
Advanced Fly Fishing for Steelhead by Deke Meyer. Describes the most effective fly fishing techniques for steelhead and the best contemporary flies to use. Chapters on fly design; spey flies; wet flies; dry fly; small stream fishing; shooting heads; winter steelheading; two-handed rods; nymphing; deep drifting flies, and much more will help you successfully fly fish for steelhead year round. All color; 8.5x11 inches, 160 pgs. $29.95 PB
Extraodinary Chickens by Stephen Green-Armytage. A unique adult book, introducing the bizarre & beautiful world of exotic ornamental chickens. Startling pictures present an international selection of breeds ranging from the Bearded Silkie & the crested Polish to the majestic Phoenix, whose tail feathers can exceed 10 feet in length. 160 color photos, 5 B&W photos; 9x10 inches, 112 pgs. $24.95 HB
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Extraordinary Pheasants by Stephen Green-Armytage. A fascinating look at the stunningly ornate plumage and surprisingly expressive personalities of more than 70 different types of pheasants-peacocks included! Showcased in glorious full-color photographs are Long-tailed Mikados, Satyr Tragopans, Bornean Crested Firebacks-each looking more exotic than the next. A brief text offers an ideal introduction to the pheasant family and an annotated index of species follows the photos. $24.95 HB
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Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die by Chris Santella. Maps out the meccas of the flyfishing world, including natural history, anecdotes, & fish tales about each site. Vicariously cast mouse patterns to 50-pound taimen in the wilds of mongolia, wrangle with wily permit off the Florida Keys, & match the hatch on Montana's Armstrong's Spring Creek, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba (tarpon), the Zhupanova River, Kamchatka (rainbow trout), & the Rio Negro, Brazil (peacock bass) are also included. Provides adventurous anglers with enough travel-&-tackle info so that you, too, can start planning excursions to go fish around the globe. 40 full-color photos; 7x8 inches, 224 pgs. Beautiful book, well done with interviews from well known fly fishers around the world. HB $24.95
Tying Emergers By Ted Leeson and Jum Scholmeyer. Two of fly-fishing's most well respected writers collaborate once again, this time discussing emergers. Emergence is itself a behavior, and it puts the tier in a challenging and rather unusual position not that of imitating a fixed and recognizable form of the insect, but rather of representing a process. This book shows you how, including: emerger design and materials, basic tying techniques, many specialized tying techniques, fly patterns, and more. When you invest in a book by these two authors you know what you will get up-to-the-minute information, well-written text, and superb photography, Tying Emergers will not let you down $45.00 PB
Tying Small Flies by Ed Engle Interest in tying small flies to catch trout is increasing, and flies are being tied smaller with finer materials that come onto the market every day. Learn to imitate midges' trailing shucks and drowned adults, tie tiny parachutes and white-winged Tricos, and create patterns that mimic microcaddis and micro scuds. Learn about the origin of the Brassie and RS-2, and such classic patterns as the Renegade, the Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear, and Griffith's Gnat. The book covers small-fly history, tying tools, and the materials you'll need to begin tying your own flies. Tips on fishing techniques come from Ed Engle's 30 years of experience fishing small flies on the South Platte River. $34.95 HB
Trout Hunter by Rene Harrop ( AKA Mr. CDC ) Fly fishing enthusiasts, the wait is over. At last - a collection of world renowned fly fishing guide René Harrop's finest, most informative articles from reputable industry magazines such as Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, as well as their Japanese counterparts Fly Fisher and Fly Rodder's Magazine. Each article is an affectionate account of nearly six decades of fly fishing. You will learn everything from casting techniques and innovations in fly tying to actually reading the water, the insects and the flies Harrop uses. $40.00 HB
Spring Creeks by Mike Lawson. Packed with solid information for fishing spring creeks from Mike Lawson's years of fly fishing experience. Important chapters cover --mayflies, caddis, midges, terrestrials, and aquatic insects. Plus, practical and proven advice on locating, stalking, playing, and landing trout and tactics for fishing dry flies, streamers, wet flies, and nymphs, from one of the best fly fishermen in the business. Beautiful book with lots of pictures and personal accounts of places fished. Contains many of Lawson's patterns. $60.00 HB
Two Centuries of Soft Hackle Flies By Sylvester Nemes. This is mostly a literature survey of over two hundred years of history of the soft-hackled fly is covered in this book, starting with Richard and Charles Bowlker's 1747 Art of Angling, with the first mention of the red spinner mayfly pattern, and ending with John Reid's 1971 Clyde-Style Flies, covering some of the most radical trout fly designs from Scotland's Clyde River. In between are great fishing writers of the past, such as Francis Francis and G. E. M. Skues, and The Fishing Gazette, a weekly tabloid published for nearly 100 years in England. Excellent with pictures and patterns of the flies from each piece selected. $34.95 HB
Spey Flies and How to Tie Them by Bob Veverka Veverka balances his tales of history with detailed,step-by-step, photo-by-photo tying instructions for the three kinds of patterns-Spey, Dee, and eagle. Veverka owns and features antique flies in the book and flies by celebrated tiers like Syd Glasso, Walt Johnson, Mark Walkick, and Steve Gobin. Patterns covered include the Akroyd, Ghost, Golden Pheasant Spey, and Steelhead Sunrise. 100 color photos by Michael Radencich, 12 pencil drawings; 8.5x11 inches, 144 pgs. $39.95 HB
Trout of the World By James Prosek. Prosek has dedicated his unique painting talent to bringing to life trout from around the world. He has a passion for trout and conveys their beauty with the stroke of his brush. The text provides a historical profile of each fish along with personal reflections by the author. Prosek savors the beauty of various fishing spots, along with the fate of the species. 100 full-color paintings; 10x7 inches, 224 pgs.
Poster included with each book/ $32.50 HB
Maps and Fishing Guides:
I have located a great selection of Maps and Fishing Gudie Books. Ideal for the fly fisher these are wonderful and very hard to locate. Many can also be used by hikers. hunters and paddle craft boaters.
Most Maps are in Full color. Not available at the big box stores ! These are unique items!
The Complete Guide to the Salmon River by George Douglas: This is the best investment you could make if you are headed to the Salmon River for a fishing trip. The book includes a history of the river, techniques for catching steelhead, brown trout and salmon, aerial maps and photos. Many river secrets revealed for fishing this river. $23.00 PB
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The Delaware River Fly Fishing Guide by George Spector. This is a nice book which shows where to fish on the Delware. Contains descriptions of the river and its branches and describes when and where to fish. A complete set of suggested flies is shown with a reference list of guides, shops and places to stay or eat. If you plan on fishing the Delware, be sure to get this guide. Price: $16.00
Good Fishing in the Catskills 3rd Edition by Jim Capossela: This is a river by river guide of the Catskills. Great info on lakes, rivers and streams. Has maps, hatch charts and general info on fishing the rivers. Great guide and useful for folks that would like to float the Delawares, contains info on landings and places to launch boats. $19.95 PB
Fly Fishing the Beaverkill: Eric Pepper and Gary LaFontaine: Includes a pool by pool guide to and descriptions of all the area streams, a hatch chart of the important insects & which flies to use. Contains a special section of fishing during specific seasons. Price: $12.95 PB
Fishing Flies on the Salmon River by George Doulgas: This is a guide book and pattern book for the Salmon River in New York. The book contains a list of patterns to make which can be used for all types of fishing whether you fish for steelhead, salmon or lake browns and rainbows. Price: $19.95 PB
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Fishing Eastern New York by Spider Ryabaak: This is an angler's guide to more 240 top fishing spots in Eastern New York. Includes many lakes, streams, rivers and creeks to fish. Has complete maps, directions and locations. Also shows some of the fish that can be caught in various locations. Ideal for both the fly fisher and the spin fishers, this is well done book. PB $16.95
Fishing the New Jersey Coast By Jim Freda Covering surf, bay, and near-shore waters, Fishing the New Jersey Coast identifies prime fishing locations for all seasons and species in the Garden State, plus what lures, baits and techniques to use. The author is a local authority with deep-rooted knowledge of New Jersey's generous saltwater fishing opportunities. Identifies prime fishing locations for all seasons & species in the Garden State, plus what lures, baits & techniques to use. 35 B&W photos, 15 maps; 5.5x8 inches, 192 pgs. $16.95PB
Fran Verdoliva's Guide to Flies & Fishing New York's Salmon River. If you fish the Salmon River, you must have this book. Contains info on all the great Estaz flies and how to make them. Great info for steelheaders and salmon fishermen alike. $9.00
Fly Fisher's Guide to Northern New England by Steve Hickoff Whether your target is landlocked or migratory Atlantic salmon, striped or smallmouth bass, brook trout, or even rainbow and brown trout, Flyfisher's Guide to Northern New England should be included in your travel bag.
The authors lead you through a detailed description on all major waters in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Content includes timing of seasonal trout, striped bass and salmon runs, suggested flies, site-specific maps and hatch charts, motel suggestions, and listings of fly shops and guides, area campgrounds, restaurants, auto rental, car repair, and hospitals for each region. Bonus sections include fish descriptions, catch and release tips, and travel and tackle hints. Contains detailed descriptions of major waters; timing of seasonal trout, bass, and salmon runs; suggested flies; maps & hatch charts, & much more. 70+ photos, 130+ maps;6x9 inches, 418 pgs. $28.95 PB
Flyfisher's Guide to New York by Eric Newman. From the fabled Beaverkill and Willowemoc and Delaware rivers in the Catskills and the great fly fishing waters of the Adirondacks to the outstanding fly fishing in the Great Lakes, Eric Newman covers all of the many fishing opportunities in the great state of New York. 130 maps, hatch charts. $26.95 PB
Fly Fisher's Guide to Pensylvania by Dave Wolf Pennsylvania has one of the highest per capita populations of flyfishers in the country, and much of the sport's early history in America came from this wonderful state. In this guidebook, the ninth in our series of Flyfisher's Guides, veteran angling author Dave Wolf highlights the best flyfishing opportunities throughout the state in great detail with an extensive selection of maps. Previous guidebooks on Pennsylvania have invariably focused only on trout. In this comprehensive book, Wolf covers all those trouting opportunities in great detail and all of the wonderful warmwater flyfishing available as well. Rivers like the Susquehanna have long been known among the best smallmouth bass waters in the country, and flyrodders throughout the mid-Atlantic states annually fish this river and many of Pennsylvania's countless rivers and streams for trout, bass, and other species. This is a true travel guide, as well, covering where to stay, restaurants, fly shops and sporting goods stores, and much more. $28.95 PB
Fly Fisher's Guide to Virgina: West Virgina and Virgina by David Hart This is the most comprehensive book to be printed on flyfishing in both Virginia and West Virginia. This book covers lakes, streams, creeks, and rivers. Includes detailed maps and hatch charts, along with all the essential information for traveling through the Virginias to fish these fine waters.
Reviews:WASHINGTON TIMES REVIEW by Gene Mueller...."What a wonderful flyfishing guide- Nothing is left to chance. Float trips are measured; fly selections given; accommodations listed; and maps provided, including the upper James, Tye, Appomattox, Staunton, Dan and Rockfish rivers, as well as stocked trout waters."
ROANOKE TIMES REVIEW by Mark Taylor The real meat of the guide is in the descriptions of the lakes, ponds and streams. Hart covers hundreds upon hundreds of them, from the largest reservoirs and rivers to some tiny trickles that many fishermen would never even consider trying. Detailed, easy-to-read maps accompany descriptions of many of the larger waters. Descriptions of the waters themselves are short and to the point: where they are, available species, best flies, best tactics, best seasons. $28.95 PB
Fran Better's Guide to the Ausable River. Contains maps, river guide, hatch chart, fly patterns, techniques and info about fishing this river. Excellent guide for those that would like to fish this river and explore the Adirondacks. $14.95 PB Sorry out of print
Mid Atlantic Budget Angler by Ann McIntosh. This is a concise guide to all the necessary details to plan successful trips to proven fly-fishing spots in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Features travel-planning aids: maps, directions, places to stay and eat, practical information ranging from state regulations to descriptions of each stream & its unique features.Fishing tips, maps, directions, places to stay and eat. 7 B/w photos, 27 maps; 6x9 inches, 272 pgs.$16.95 PB
New York Fly Fishing Guide: For those that are wondering just where Ithaca is and how to come see me, this guide will show you! Just kidding! New York is home to mountain streams, the Catskills, spring creeks, trout, Atlantic salmon, steelhead and land locked salmon, pike, smallmouth and much more. If you are interested in fishing in New York this book is a must! Contains maps, flies info on guides, camping and parks. $19.95
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Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing guide by Barry and Cathy Beck. Very nice travel guide to PA. Contains many of the top streams with a description of the streams and what to expect. Beautiful photos and great layout from one of the most famous couples in fly fishing. The Becks take us on a tour of the Keystone State, sharing its history, trout rich waters, insect hatches, tackle, flies, local lodging and fly shops, and more. From remote back country brook trout streams to the historic limestone streams known to trout anglers throughout the world, Pa has a lot to offer the fly fisher. Price $22 PB.
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Salmon River Journal: This is a river journal of The Salmon River. Tells where to go, what to fish with and what to use. Ideal for the next salmon trip to the Salmon River.Lots of info on salmon, steelhead and other lake run fish. $16.00 PB
Trout Streams of Pennsylvannia By Dwight Landis: This is a complet book with maps showing locations of all the major river and streams in PA, considered by most to be "the guide" to fishing the waters of Pa. This guide will help find new places to fish and new locations. Very well done and easy to follow. Don't leave town without it! $22.00 PB
Trout Streams & Hatches of Pennsylvania by Charles R. Meck Meck is considered by most to be one of the most knowledgable fly fishers in Pa. This is wonderful guide that gives complete info on where to go, what bugs you find, how to choose the right flies and locating the top streams. Completely redesigned & expanded, including 14 more streams. Features include: extensive hatch charts; local fly patterns, etc. Color photos, 30 maps; 6x9 inches, 384 pgs. $21.95 PB
Atlas and Gazetter by Delorme Mapping An essential gear item for every outdoorsman! These ultimate trip planners detail everything from the major highways to minor gravel roads. Special grids facilitate navigation with Global Positioning System. Shaded relief has been added to give the terrain an almost 3-D effect. Each state is broken down into a series of color topographic maps of incredible detail. All lakes and rivers are shown, including boat ramps, access roads, etc. The Gazetteer sections include information about special points of interest including: parks, paddle-bike-and-hiking trips, campgrounds, hunting and fishing areas, special events, museums, historic sites and more. All maps are 11x15.5 inches. $19.95 PB
All 50 States are available. Specify State.
Salmon River ( Pulaski, NY ) River Fold Out Map: Complete aerial photographs of the entire river organized as a river map. Fishing holes are marked along with access points. Has listings for lodges, tackle shops and campgrounds. Unique and hard to find! $5.00
Sportsman's Map to the Adirondacks: Full color fold out map of the Adirondacks. Has color marking for state forrest land. Ideal for deer hunting, fishing or hiking. Includes highways, trails, rivers and creeks. Wall size for den or office, can be used for travel. $3.50
Fishing Map for the Catskill Mountains: Complete fold out guide to the Catskills. includes publci fishing areas, stocked water, fishing hot spots and fish to catch. Ideal for the car and travel. $2.50
Sportsman's Map to the Catskill Mountains: Full color fold out map of the Catskills. Includes trails, where to hunt and fish, ski. Sows over 200.000 acres of public lands. $2.50
Sportsman's Map Delaware County, NY: Full color guide to Delaware county. Has much larger fold out map of area streams, roads, trails, hiking and fishing. Ideal for hunting or fishing.Use for the Delaware East and West Branches. $2.50
Sportsman's Map Sullivan County, NY: Full color guide to Sullivan county. Has much larger fold out map of area streams, roads, trails, hiking and fishing. Ideal for hunting or fishing. Use for the Beaverkill and Willoweemoc. $2.50
Sportsman's Map ( for New York City/Catskill Resoervoirs): If you want to fish any of these for monster fish, you need these maps. Has trails, water depths, major highways and access points. Choose from Pepacton, Schoharie, Roundout, Neversink, Ashokan and Cannonsville. $2.50 each
New York City Reservoirs in the Catskill Mountains: Small guide to fishing the New York City water sytem in the Catskills. Covers regualtions, where to fish, types of fishing and has a general set of maps. $2.50
Guide to Trout Streams in the Catskill Mountains: Covers where to fish, regs, posted lands, fishing rights and major trout waters. Ideal guide fits into glove box or map pack. $2.50
Guide to Adirodack Trout Waters in the Adirondack Mountains. Great little guide covers where to find trout, major trout streams, selected trout waters. $2.50
Bonus: Buy any 4 Sportsman's maps or guides for only $9.00!
These are books to help you identify bugs. All are very good reference materials.
Aquatic Entomology: The Fisherman's and Ecologist's Illustrated Guide to Insects and Their Relatives By W. Patrick McCafferty & Arwin V. Provonsha. This is a fishermen's and ecologists' complete illustrated guide to aquatic insects. Up-to-date, easy-to-use, this book provides a comparative treatment of each of the orders and families of aquatic and semiaquatic insects in North America. More or less a complete Bible of bugs, often used as a college text in aquatic bio classes.... this is a must have for folks interested in bugs. Excellent illustrations and pictures. B/w illus, 16 color plates, charts; 8x11 inches, 480 pgs. $72.95 PB
Hatch Guide to New England Streams by Thomas Ames, Jr. The title is a bit misleading, this book explores insects of the entire Northeast ( NY, PA and VA). Professional photographer and 'amateur entomology enthusiast' Thomas Ames, explores the insects of New England. Ames covers: reading water; presentations for New England streams; tackle; night fishing; and more. The bulk of this book, however, deals with the insects and the best flies to imitate them. Similar in style to Jim Schollmeyer's successful Hatch Guide series, Ames discusses the natural and its behaviors on the left-hand page and the three best flies to imitate it on the right, including proper size and effective techniques. Tom's color photograhpy of the naturals and their imitations is superb, making this book as beautiful as it is useful. A must for all East trout fly-fishers! $19.95 PB
Hatches II: A Complete Guide by Al Caucci & Bob Nastasi The twentieth-anniversary edition of HATCHES II celebrates the enduring value of this complete guide to fishing the hatches of North American trout streams. Chosen by Trout Unlimited as one of the most important fly-fishing books of the past thrity-five years, HATCHES II remains the most complete book on the subject of mayflies and their identification. Hundreds of photographs depict the genera and species of the mayfly in all stages of its development, and the authors provide critical information on mayfly biology, tactics, presentation, and imitation. In fact, the Comparadun style of tying, with variations, remains one of the most important innovations of our time. Special features of HATCHES II include Quick Reference Charts for the East/Midwest and western United States hatches; discussions of the mayflytrout relationship; stream and lab research; photomacrography; tying instructions; emergence calendars; identification charts; and a valuable phonetic table. $24.95 HB
Books for Beginners and Newer Fly Tyers:
Often a small collection of easy to ready books or pattern guides is helpful.
Basic Fly Tying with Wayne Luallen, Jon Rounds, Editor Step-by-step guide to getting started tying flies. Detailed instructions for 7 proven patterns. Concise text - highlights every phase of the tying process, from clamping the hook in the vise to executig the final whip finish. The most effective nymphs, dry flies, & streamers. Photos by Michael Radencich. Illustrations by John McKim. 300 color photos, 35 line drawings; 8x11 inches, 128 pgs. $16.95 PB
Flies for Steelhead by Dick Stewart & Farrow Allen This book contains more than 300 flies used throughout the Northwest, Canada, Alaska, along with recently developed patterns used in the Great Lakes fisheries. Many patterns carry over and can be used for salmon flies or landlocks also. Has many Estaz patterns also. Color photos; 8x11 inches, 96 pgs. $19.95 PB
Flies for Bass and Panfish by Dick Stewart & Farrow Allen This is far and away the most comprehensive guide to the bass and panfish flies currently being used on North American waters. Many experienced fly fishermen and guides from all parts of the United States have contributed to this large, contemporary reference. Never before has such an extensive reference been available to the warmwater fly fisherman.Large, bright photographs depict each fly individually, and they are accompanied by a complete and accurate description of the fly's components, making this an indispensable guide for fly tyers interested in constructing their own flies. Included are flies covering everything from realistic nymphs used in Northern smallmouth bass waters to big, plug-type flies used for largemouth bass in the South. Frogs, crayfish, snakes, leeches, mice, insects, and baitfish-all are represented by expert fly tyers from throughout the nation.
Anyone interested in warmwater fishing will find this a useful and interesting addition to their library.$19.95 PB
Universal Fly Tying Guide by Dick Stewart One of the best selling beginning manuals of time, this book teaches you get started tying and includes many popular patterns. Includes info on hooks, tools, materials and more. Full-color photos. Illustrated; 8x11 inches, 56 pgs.
Other Selected Titles
Bluegill Fly Fishing & Flies: Terry & Roxanne Wilson .
Written by my good friends , the Wilsons, this book is the guide to catching more and bigger bluegill. If you love bluegills as much as me, than this book is priceless. Covers strategy, tackle , boats and the flies used. Well written with nice photos and artwork. $16.95 PB
Carrie Stevens, Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies by Graydon and Leslie Hilyard. This is a biography of Carrie Stevens. The authors spent some 15 years researching this book and contains several hundred flies which have never appeared anywhere else. Beautiful photos and nice pattern discriptions. Price: $39.95
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Dry Fly Patterns For the New Millennium By Poul Jorgensen and the CFFCM: This is the first installment of Flies for the Year 2000. As part of this display at the CFFCM, over 1800 patterns from nearly 800 tyers from all over the world submitted patterns. These were then photographed and printed in a book. Contains many interesting, unusual patterns. Intro by Dave Brandt, Jim Kruhl and Paul Dahlie executive director of the CFFCM. A portion of the proceeds from this book will go to the CFFCM. $19.95 PB
Don't Miss This One!
Federation of Fly Fisher's Pattern Encyclopedia: This book contains over 1600 different patterns from some of the world's top fly tyers (including several tied by me!). Edited by former FFF President, Al Beatty and his wife Gretchen, this is a very well done book. Sections contained in the book include: dry flies, nymphs, stoneflies, egg patterns, salmon and steelhead flies, bass flies and saltwater patterns. Photographs by Jim Schollmeyer. For each book purchased from me, I be sending out copies authographed by me and the authors. A portion of the proceeds go to benefit the FFF.
Fishy's Flies by Jay Fishy Fullum: Fishy is a regular on the show circuit and is a columnist for Fly Tyer Magazine. His articles always contain interesting, new and innovative patterns with wonderful illustrations. This book is a collection of some of his favorite flies. Many useful ideas are explained here such how to make saltwater shrimp with drinking straws and his famous swimming/kickboard foam hopper. This book is affordable and should be in every tier's set of books. $9.95 PB
Fly Patterns for Stillwaters by Phillip Rowley Phil spendt hours studying trout food sources in stillwaters. In this book he explains the link between understanding various trout foods and designing patterns which imiatate them. Useful for any lake fly fisher. $29.95 PB
Fly Fishing Midwestern Spring Creeks by Ross Mueller: This book contains many new fly patterns and tips for fishing spring creeks. This book contains useful info for any trout fisher, anywhere. The expert section contains several of my fly patterns with some fishing tips written by me. A wonderful book, well written! I love this! Autographed by the author.$15.95
Also: By Ross:
Uppper Midwest Flies that Catch Trout ( and How to Fish Them). This contains a whole collection of Ross's Patterns which show you how to catch trout on a year around basis. For each pattern there are notes and info on how to fish these flies. Wonderful and useful for any trout fly fisher, anywhere. Autographed by the Author.$14.00
Fly Knots & Leaders: Larry Notley Native Texan Larry Notley reviews how to tie leaders and knots in a simple and easy to understand formate. Contains leader formulas for trout, panfish, bass and saltwater knots and leaders. For the price of 2 leaders, you can learn how to make your own! No fly fisher of any skill level should be without this book! $7.95 PB
The Fly Tyer's Benchside Reference by Leeson and SchollmeyerWithout a doubt, this is the best book ever made for fly tying. This a dictionary style reference of all techniques to make flies. Benchside Reference contains info on such things as thread control, wing placement and dubbing styles. Contains over 3,000 photots, all in color. Text is aranged by different techniques and contains no actual patterns.
With this text you can literally tie almost any fly. Price: $100.00, hardbound.
This book is also available on CD: $60.00
Forgotten Flies by Paul Schmookler and Ingrid Sils This is a massive 11 pound volume which contains hundreds of antique flies. Patterns originated by Ray Bergman, Charles Defoe, Carrie Stevens, Mary Orvis and Preston Jennings are all contained in this book. The majority of these flies are wets and streamers with a mix of salmon flies many of which have never appeared before in any book or magazine. Beautiful art quality photos. If you are interested in old flies, this is a must!
This book is out of print. Call or email me for a price quote, I might be able to locate a copy.
Fran Betters' Fly Fishing-Fly Tying and Pattern Guide by Fran Betters. Ever wonder how the Usual fly came to be? Would you like to learn how to make the AuSable Wulff? Looking for some new streamer patterns? Then this book is for you. Written by Adirondack legend, Fran Betters, this book contains complete instructions on how to make the Haystack, Mini Muddler, AuSable Wulff and many other patterns. Contains color plates and info on selecting materials. Interesting and unique. Don't miss this one! $24.95 Paperback.
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Ausable Fly Tying Kit: Companion set to the Better's Book. All the stuff you need to make the Ausable Wulff and the Usual. Kit includes: white kip tail, Australian Possum, Flo Orange Thread, Snowshoe Rabbit, , Woodchuck. $8.50
Also By Fran Betters: Fran Betters' Guide to the Ausable River. Contains maps, river guide, hatch chart and info about fishing this river. $14.95
From Field to Fly, The Fly Tyer's Guide to Skinning and Preserving Game by Scott Seymour. It is about time someone wrote this sort of book.. Each year around hunting season I get about 10 million emails asking me how to skin a bird, deer or tan a hide. This book explains all of that stuff. If you hunt or keep game then you need this book. Contains many fly patterns to use also. The best part is the price: $10.00
Largemouth Bass Fly Fishing: Beyond the Basics by Roxanne and Terry Wilson. This book contains methods on how to fish structure, understanding different depths and how to make the best presentations. Contains many innovative flies and suggests how to fish them. Learn how to adjust to weather and how to find the best times to fish. Price: $16.00
Matching Mayflies by Dave Hughes. It seems that learning to match mayflies often require 3 or 4 degrees in bugology before you can begin to understand half of the latin used. Dave Hughes takes and simplifies much of the jargon and puts things into terms we all can understand. He also breaks each of the stages of insects down into various patterns and shows how to tie each. There now that wasn't so hard was it?
Price: $25 Paperback
Mayflies Top to Bottom: Expert Tying and Innovation by Shane Stalcup Shane's book is perhaps one of the most interesting and innovative out. Shane takes a look at redesigning trout flies using mostly synthetic materials. The goal is to create new patterns which match different stages of mayflies, making something that is realistic, easy to tie and something that fishes well. The pictures, patterns, descriptions and the layout are all top notch. Highly recommended. $29.95
Midge Magic by Don Holbrook & Ed Koch. One of the all time great PA fly fishers, Ed Koch provides new info on midges. Holbrook and Koch examine a large number of midges in various stages and create many new patterns which will lead you off in search of Coats and Clarke thread. Nice pictures and many unique ideas.
Price: $30 hardback
My Fly Patterns, Materials and Techniques by Bill Skilton Bill Skilton's new book is the best I have seen in ages! Wow! If you are looking for cutting edge trout flies and bass stuff, don't miss this one. Bill Skilton has been an Orvis contract tyer for years and his early mentors are no less than fishing legends like Vince Marinaro and Ed Koch. Contains 28 step by step color fly patterns with over 250 color photos to describe how to make Bill's flies using his foam materials. Very innovative. $29.95 Spiral Bound
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Pop Fleyes: Bob Popovic's Approach to Saltwater Fly Design by Ed Jaworowski and Bob Popovics. The family of flies Bob Popovics developed over the last three decades (dubbed "Pop Fleyes," a spelling that incorporates part of his last name with the fact that eyes are a prominent feature in their design) have proven devastatingly effective for stripers, bluefish, false albacore, and many more species. This book goes beyond the basic recipe format to provide the thinking behind Popovics's pattern development, a guide to key tying techniques, and detailed notes on how to fish Pop Fleyes most effectively. With its full-color tying sequences for dozens of patterns, tying methods, theory of pattern design, and copious fishing notes, this is the first and only book available on the tier whose techniques with epoxy and silicone revolutionized saltwater fly tying. 136 pgs., 450 color photos, 30 drawings, 8 x 11 inches. $34.95 HB
Nymph fly Tying Techniques by Jim Schollmeyer. This book looks at nymphs and shows specific methods of how to tie them. Using steps broken down by the author, you can follow along and see how to make a large number of patterns. Great layout and photos, even the most seasoned of tyers can learn something here.
The Practial Fly Tier by Royce Dam: Royce Dam is a long time favorite at FFF Conclaves and at sport shows across the country. For those that have not seen Royce tie this great book. Well done book with excellent pictures. Book contains many of Royce's favorite flies and steps how to tie them. Perfect book for the newer tyer or for someone that likes nice pictures. Contains info on how to make wet flies, drys, streamers and nymphs. $29.95 HB
Shrimp & Spey Flies for Salmon & Steelhead by Chris Mann and Robert Gillespie. This is a comprehensive international guide of spey & shrimp patterns. The authors examine and select patterns from all over the world and gather them together in one book. All images in the book are computer drawn and very nice full color pages, this is a beautiful book. Be sure to check out the patterns from the guys at the Global Fly Fisher. Price: $32.95 Hardback
Spey Flies and Dee Flies: Their History and Construction by John Shewey. Written by one of my FFF pals, this is the first and only book about Spey flies. Contains many antique patterns from Scotland as well as modern designs from Oregon. Also has section on materials, methods and how to construct these unique flies. Great photos, layout and excellent writing. I give John an A+ for this one. $45 Hardback.
Steelhead Fly Tying Guide by H. Kent Helvie. If you are interested in learning how to make flies for steelhead, this is the book for you. Covers things like spey flies, materials, wet flies. Contains a large number of patterns, pictures and also describes all of the hooks used to make these flies. Very good. Price: $25.00
Tying Flies with CDC by Leon Links Largely a collection of European tyers' flies. The book highlights the material, development stages and history. Links selects different tyers and writes about each fly. An insight into how the tyer developed the patterns is given along with a history of the fly and how some of the flies are fished. If you are interested in CDC this is one of the few books out on this topic. $24.95
Trout Country Flies by Bruce Staples Fly patterns which originated in the golden triangle of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana are some of the most famous patterns we use. This book includes info on history, origins and pictures of the original flies along with how the fly was tied. This is an excellent book. Highly recommended! $29.95
Trout Flies, The Tier's Reference by Dave Hughes: This is one of the most complete books ever written on making trout flies. Includes section on soft hackles, wet flies, dries, streamers and nymphs. Hundreds of full color photos. Great for begineers or advanced tiers. $75.00HB
Tying Hair Wing Flies by Al & Gretch Beatty: My internet pals, the Beattys put together this nice new book which contatins instructions to tie 12 hair wing dries. Contains many of Al & Gretchen's favorite flies such as the Muddle May, H & L Variant, Humpy and the parachute caddis. A portion of the funds are being donated to the Oregon Council of the FFF. .$16.50 PB
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Older Title Which is still Great! : Wet Flies by Dave Hughes. How to tie and fish wet flies, soft hackles, winged wets and fuzzy nymphs. If you are interested in soft hackles, this book is for you. Well written with loads of info on how to construct soft hackle flies. Discusses how to fish them.Very good. $32.95 HB
Soft Hackle Kit: Companion kit to make all of the flies in the Dave Hughes Wet Flies Book. Kit includes: Partridge cape, 4 colors of Pearsall's silk thread, Australian Possum Patch, Starling Skin, Squirrel Dubbing, Peacock sticks, Gold and Silver Wire. $30.00
For more Info Contact:
Mike Hogue / Badger Creek Fly Tying / 622 West Dryden Road, Freeville, NY 13068