As anyone interested in fly fishing will tell you, there is no better way to spend your time than tying flies and fishing them.
The fly patterns in this book are among those that have served author Steve Raymond most faithfully over the years, the favorite flies of a long angling life. Some flies are widely known, others relatively unknown outside of the Pacific Northwest. Included are some of his own personal patterns which he uses alone or shares with only a few close friends. With each fly he ties comes a treasured memory of fly fishing, reminiscent of familiar places and faces, attesting to the fact that his favorite pastime is bound up in the combination of fur, feather, tinsel, and thread wrapped around the shank of each hook. Each fly proves to hold a great deal of history.
Let Steve Raymond share some of his flies and fishing memories with you as he describes the Carey Special, Thompson’s Delectable Chironomid, Crazy Charlie, and Green Machine, and, of course, the Blue Upright. BLUE UPRIGHT is sure to appeal to both beginning and experienced fly tyers. As followers of the hobby will confirm, tying flies need not be an art of perfection when the only critics that matter are the fish.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
An essential book of flies for people who tie them and fish with them.
“Few angler-authors can match the skill and insight of Steve Raymond . . . Through the seasons of the angler’s year, Raymond leads his reader to a refined and refreshed understanding of what the natural world is really all about.”
—Nelson Bryant, The New York Times
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
STEVE RAYMOND is author of Rivers of the Heart, Steelhead Country (both published by Lyons Press), The Year of the Angler, The Year of the Trout and other fly-fishing books. A winner of the Roderick Haig-Brown Award for significant contributions to angling literature, Raymond also has been editor of two magazines, The Flyfisher and Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, and a long-time reviewer of fly-fishing books for several publications. He retired after a thirty-year career as an editor and manager at the Seattle Times and now lives on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound.