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Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate Collection

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Fly Tying books.

1. The Orvis Fly-Tying Guide (2019)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis essential book on fly tying will teach anyone how to tie flies. All the important techniques are illustrated with color photographs, from starting the thread on the hook to whip finishing. The book lays the basic ground work by fully explaining simple tying techniques, and then progresses to detailed tying instructions for some of the most popular, modern patterns. How to choose and prepare the correct material, and all the necessary tying steps for each fly, are detailed in superb, large, color photographs.Even if you have no previous tying…
Author(s): Tom Rosenbauer

2. Essential Trout Flies: 50 Indispensable Patterns with Step-by-Step Instructions for 300 Most Useful Variations (2017)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionIf you fly fish, you need flies. Which ones to choose for taking trout? Here are the 50 proven, go-to patterns that every trout fly fisher should carry to catch trout almost all the time, anywhere in the world of trout streams and still waters. From the hundreds of trout patterns available to today’s fly fisher, Hughes—in quintessential minimalist style—cuts through the complicated choices and gives a basic selection of essential trout flies that fit in a fly box or two and cover the broad spectrum of trout fishing conditions. This new edition—with 1/3 new material, 20 additional patterns, and 300…
Author(s): Dave Hughes

3. The Orvis Guide to Beginning Fly Tying: 101 Tips for the Absolute Beginner (Orvis Guides) (2012)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis Orvis-endorsed guidebook—part of a continuing series that includes guidebooks on fly fishing basics and saltwater fly fishing—will give you all the tools you need to begin making your own flies. Learn how to read a fly recipe, choose the correct tools (including vises, bobbins, threaders, dubbing needles, and hair stackers), select the right materials (everything from dry fly saddles, threads, beads, and Krystal Flash, to hooks, wires, cements, and paints), and pick the best flies to tie first. Before you know it, you’ll be…
Author(s): David Klausmeyer

4. Fly Pattern Encyclopedia: Over 1600 of the Best Fly Patterns (Federation of Fly Fishers) (2000)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionSimply stated, this book is a Federation of Fly Fishers’ conclave taken to the next level, a level that allows the reader to enjoy the learning and sharing in the comfort of their own home. The flies, ideas, and techniques shared herein are from the “best of the best” demonstration fly tiers North America has to offer. The tiers are the famous as well as the unknown with one simple characteristic in common; they freely share their knowledge. Many of the unpublished patterns in this book contain materials, tips, tricks, or gems of information never before seen.As you…
Author(s): Al Beatty, Gretchen Beatty, et al.

5. Essential Fly Patterns for Lakes and Streams: Tips for Tying Your Own Flies (2019)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn Essential Fly Patterns for Lakes and Streams, Brian Smith cuts to the chase, offering the reader and fly tier more than 80 flies with recipes and instructions for each. In his third book, Smith shares the results of his more than 50 years of experimentation and research developing and refining fly patterns that are proven fish-catchers. Some of the patterns are world standards, but many have been tweaked and altered by Smith through his observations and studies of insects, including where they live in lakes and streams and what triggers are responsible to entice fish to “eat the fly.” The book provides…
Author(s): Brian Smith

6. The Best Bass Flies: How to Tie and Fish Them (2017)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionBass fishing (largemouth, primarily) is growing in popularity around the country; it is growing really fast in western states such as Colorado, Idaho, and Nebraska due to the accessibility (public water nearby), crowding of trout streams, and new cadre of anglers that prefer alternatives to trout. Jay Zimmerman features 18 cutting-edge patterns from around the country for largemouth and smallmouth bass, explains how to fish them, and has detailed tying steps. Because of how widespread bass (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted) are, this book should appeal to anglers around…
Author(s): Jay Zimmerman

7. Backcountry Flies: Tying and Fishing Florida Patterns, from Swamp to Surf (2019)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionFlorida’s coastal fishing has suffered over the years, and more and more anglers are turning toward the inland waters to fish for trophy largemouth bass, peacock bass, snook, baby tarpon, cichlids, and a host of other exotic species. This book is dedicated to fly patterns for these fish and includes step-by-step instructions as well as fishing information….
Author(s): Steve Kantner

8. Clouser’s Flies: Tying and Fishing the Fly Patterns of Bob Clouser (2016)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe story of and instructions to tie the popular and successful Clouser Deep Minnow and its variations, including Purple Darter, Clouser Crayfish, EZ Popper, Rattle Clouser, Bright Sides Minnow, and more, told by the originator himself. Clouser presents recipes for his successful patterns for baitfish, subsurface foods, and surface flies with detailed explanations and full-color step-by-step photos.Clouser's approach to fly design begins and ends onstream, with a lot of time spent in between at the workbench. His durable, easy-to-cast patterns consistently catch fish of every species–trout, carp,…
Author(s): Bob Clouser, Jay Nichols

9. The Orvis Guide to Leaders, Knots, and Tippets: A Detailed, Streamside Field Guide To Leader Construction, Fly-Fishing Knots, Tippets and More (2018)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionEvery fly fisher knows how crucial leader construction and knot tying are. But with continual changes in line technology, what served as effective leader and tippet connections a decade ago might not be optimal now. By updating the original Orvis Streamside Guide to Leaders, Knots, and Tippets, this handy take-along book addresses the technical issues surrounding leaders and connections in relation to state-of-the-art line materials and types, and details the best overall knots for fly-line connections. Staying connected to the fish just got easier!…
Author(s): Tom Rosenbauer

10. Simple Flies: 52 Easy-to-Tie Patterns that Catch Fish (2015)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionSometimes the best fly is a simple one. Whether you’re a beginner looking to get started with tying or an expert looking to get back to the basics, these simple wet flies, nymphs, dry flies, and streamers will often catch fish as well as–if not better than–more complex patterns. This guide shows you all the techniques, tools, and materials you need to get started.Techniques for tying quick, durable, and effective fliesSimple flies from history, plus interviews with modern anglers such as Chico Fernández, Bob Wyatt, Daniel Galhardo, and Chris StewartContains flies for and inspired by tenkara…
Author(s): Morgan Lyle

11. Smallmouth: Modern Fly-Fishing Methods, Tactics, and Techniques (2017)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionSmallmouth bass swim in more streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs than any other gamefish, and exceptional, world-class fishing opportunities for them are found across the country, from the John Day River in Oregon to the Great Lakes, to Maine’s Penobscot. While numerous books have been written on smallmouth, this is the first book to cover the cutting-edge techniques and fly patterns being used by some of the country’s top fly fishing guides. Though most of these flies and techniques have been developed and refined in the rivers…
Author(s): Dave Karczynski , Tim Landwehr, et al.

12. The Orvis Fly-Tying Guide (2003)

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis essential book on fly tying will teach anyone how to tie flies. All the important techniques are illustrated with color photographs, from starting the thread on the hook to whip finishing. The book lays the basic ground work by fully explaining simple tying techniques, and then progresses to detailed tying instructions for some of the most popular, modern patterns. How to choose and prepare the correct material, and all the necessary tying steps for each fly, are detailed in superb, large, color photographs.Even if you have no previous tying experience, you’ll be able…
Author(s): Tom Rosenbauer

Best Fly Tying Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some fly tying books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Fly Tying: An Enjoyable Hobby (Fishing Angling)

Author(s): David Young, Cheryl Young
Publisher: Perigee Learning LLC, Year: 2010, Size: 24 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 553486

Fly Tying: An Enjoyable Hobby

Author(s): David Young, Cheryl Young
Publisher: Perigee Learning LLC, Year: 2010, Size: 24 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1318393

Fly Tying 30 Years of Tips, Tricks, and Patterns (Best of Fly Rod & Reel)

Author(s): Joe Healy
Publisher: Down East Books, Year: 2010, Size: 105 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1550374

Mastering the Art of Fly Tying

Author(s): G. Randolph Erskine
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Year: 2007, Size: 113 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1550360

The Fly-tying Bible

Author(s): Peter Gathercole
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Year: 2003, Size: 16 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 225422

The Fly-Tying Bible

Author(s): Peter Gathercole
Publisher: Barrons, Year: , Size: 69 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 249014

Deer-Hair Fly-Tying Guidebook

Author(s): Jack Pangburn.
Publisher: , Year: , Size: 15 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1870556

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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