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post #1 of 18
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I'll be getting a vise soon and was thinking about getting a book since I'm new to this. I did take a class once so I'm familiar with some basic stuff. I like watching videos on you tube as well. I'll be tying mostly Saltwater stuff Clousers and Deceivers some eels Etc.



Any books out there that might help me out?
post #2 of 18
If you are interested in bucktails, flatwings, shrimp, blending colors, tying in a more sparse style, tying using mostly natural materials, or any and all of the above, Striper Moon and especially A Perfect Fish by Ken Abrames are a great place to start. A Perfect Fish has a plethora of patterns with detailed tying instructions. Highly recommended.
post #3 of 18
Stick to basics first, go with popfleyes and clouser book.... Learn some basics first
post #4 of 18
jn, totally agreed about the basics first.

And that's one of the nice things about Perfect Fish: the first fly you tie is Ray's Fly, which is about as basic as it gets. You can then move at your own pace, taking on simple single-feather flatwings and more complex multi-feather flatwings when you're ready.

I learned to tie in large part from that book.

:-)
post #5 of 18
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jn, totally agreed about the basics first.

And that's one of the nice things about Perfect Fish: the first fly you tie is Ray's Fly, which is about as basic as it gets. You can then move at your own pace, taking on simple single-feather flatwings and more complex multi-feather flatwings when you're ready.

I learned to tie in large part from that book.

:-)



Nice, I haven't seen read that book yet but yea, ray's flyso basic and easy... Catches lotts of fish.
post #6 of 18
I second the recommendation for "A Perfect Fish", probably my favorite tying and fishing book.

Another very good book, especially if you are looking for step by step on a number of various saltwater patterns is "Essential Saltwater Flies" by Ed Jaworowski.
post #7 of 18
I have "Essential Saltwater Flies" book also it covers a wide range of fish. Great book
post #8 of 18
I buy into KA's philosophies and trying techniques. I also think Striper Moon is a great read even if you're not a fly fisherman.



That said,

I don't think it's a great tool for learning to tie. I would actually recommend a general trout fly tying book. Any introductory trout fly book will give the FUNDAMENTAL tying techniques that all salt water flies were built on.It will also teach you the language of tying.



Seems that folks frequently buy some stainless hooks, chartreuse synthetic hair and some two part epoxy. Couple days later they're posting up blurry pictures of surf candies. It's a path forward but...

Those are the same folks that browse the site and find them selves asking; what's a dubbing loop? How do you palmer? Hackle...?



Worth thinking about.
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys I see where this is going. I think I got what I need
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by LI Fly Fisher View Post

Another very good book, especially if you are looking for step by step on a number of various saltwater patterns is "Essential Saltwater Flies" by Ed Jaworowski.


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Originally Posted by jnicosia View Post
Stick to basics first, go with popfleyes and clouser book.... Learn some basics first

This trio will get you off and tying with a wide variety of patterns. Ed's book Essential Saltwater flies is a great starter book. With all these books, read the intro and informational sections in the beginning of each book....lots of helpful info in there to learn before chucking your first hook in the vise.

I haven't seen Ken's book, though, sounds like another good one for the library.
post #11 of 18
I'd like to recommend Scott Sanchez's book A Beginers Guide to tying Saltwater Flies. Shows not only how to start tying but also gives a basic explanation of the different materials and their properties.

I have a vhs tape by Lefty on saltwater flies. I also have a tape that Bob Pop did on his flies. I can only assume they are on dvd now. Great way to learn.

Tom
post #12 of 18
By far and away ... the best Saltwater Fly Tying book available ... thanks Bob & Ron (pics). The only "flaw" would be the omission of UV light cured "epoxy"... an innovation that appeared some years after the initial publication. Have Santa bring you PopFleyes.
post #13 of 18
Flytier's Benchside Reference by Ted Lees And Jim Scholmeyer
post #14 of 18
I surely consider myself a beginner and have learned a lot about handling and working with materials from Clouser's book. Great photos and descriptions of the fundementals stressed in above posts. Insights and techniques not specific to his most famous pattern, fresh, or salt.
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