An artificial fly may be little more than a bit of fur or feather, bead, tinsel, and thread wrapped around the shank of a fishing hook, but for many fly fishers, there is no better way to pass the time between fishing excursions than crafting one of these miniature gems. In The Fly Fisher's Craft veteran fly tyer and designer Darrel Martin examines fly design and tying techniques, both historic and modern.
The Fly Fisher's Craft returns to our angling origins with chapters on constructing antique lines, hooks, and loop rods—all simply made with basic tools and knowledge. It also follows the silk wraps of the early tyers to reveal their craft and cunning. Here are Barker and Cotton, Venables and Stewart, Halford and Skues, along with many other esteemed tyers of the past. And it presents the author’s modern patterns inspired by that past. Abundant photographs and illustrations by the author guide you on this enthralling journey, told with some surprises along the way.
Sure to appeal to both the novice and the expert, The Fly Fisher's Craft is a book for the curious and creative fly fisher.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
DARRELL MARTIN, a retired teacher, is the author of The Fly Fisher’s Illustrated Dictionary, Micropatterns, and Fly-Tying Methods. He is a contributing editor to Fly Rod & Reel. He has fly-fished in over twenty countries, from Cape Town to Croatia, from the Amazon to Patagonia, from Mozambique to Zambia. He has also presented fly-tying and fly-casting programs in various countries and has designed various tying and trouting tools, including the Dubbing Whirl, the Anvil Signature Scissors, and hook models for Partridge and Daiichi. For several years, he has had a rod-share on the River Test in England. He lives with his wife, Sandra, in Tacoma, Washington.