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Best flatwing fly tying reference books

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Another source would be the book by Joe Corderio - Techniques for tying the "Flatwing" fly. 

I believe that Joe used to tie many of the flies for Ken Abrams.

 

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"A Perfect Fish: Illusions in fly tying" - Ken Abrams...This book will give you a great foundation for tying single, two and three feather flatwings among others.

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Ringer see if you can get a copy of striper moon it is more than just a tying book. Them RI guys are a little outside the box but very creative and the flatwings are great flies. They are not so hard to tie, the hard part used to be to get the right feathers (at a decent price) but that is not as hard anymore. 

 

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Flatwings aren't hard to tie per se -- the first saltwater fly I ever tied was a single-feather flatwing, an Orange Ruthless clam worm. OK, so the originator of the style, Ken Abrames, was sitting right next to me and providing instruction, but it's still a simple pattern. Thing do get more complex once you get into the larger multi-feather versions, but anyone can learn to tie them.

 

I haven't written a book (yet), but if the OP is looking for more options, you can find many of Ken's, Ray's, and even my own flatwing designs here on SOL or on my website. Here's a quick sampling. 

 

My crazy Menhaden bucktail/flawing hybrids

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The Rock Island

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Steve Culton

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I agree, flatwings are actually one of the most simple patterns i tie. Once you get the hang of how to lay on the feathers flat and how to secure them properly they become a 15minute tie. 10 if you have the materials ready:)

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3 hours ago, jabster said:

I agree, flatwings are actually one of the most simple patterns i tie. Once you get the hang of how to lay on the feathers flat and how to secure them properly they become a 15minute tie. 10 if you have the materials ready:)

Ha...15 min for Jabster is like 30 for normal humans when it comes to fly tying ! :)  Check out some of his ties on the fly tying forum.

 

Abrames' " A Perfect Fish" is top notch not just with flatwings but also about blending different BT colors. 

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Striper Moon and Stripers and Streamers are good books if you are looking for an overall primer on striper fishing.  Both books contain recipes for flatwings; neither is what I would call a reference for tying them.  Like the OP, I am new to saltwater fly tying and looking for a similar book -- not strictly on tying flatwings -- but a basic guide to saltwater flies -- recipes, "how-to," and techniques, and fly patterns and the baits they imitate.  BFD, thanks for suggesting the Cordeiro book, will check it out.  I know from internet browsing that there are more out there.  What are your favorites? 

 

PS - reelsafari, have u seen this?  great video of Joe Cordeiro tying flatwing http://fly-fishing-blog.patagonia.com/post/39920585286/tying-flatwing-flies-my-introduction-to-flatwings

 

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On 8/12/2017 at 7:44 AM, Mike Oliver said:

Steve I like both those flies a lot. Bet Stripers do to.

mike

 

Thanks, Mike. Both patterns are time-tested and striper-approved.

 

Another satisfied Rock Island customer.

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Bonus flatwing porn: a 20-pounder from this spring on a new mostly black nine-feather flatwing of my design, pattern as yet unpublished (but will be soon).

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Steve Culton

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16 hours ago, Picketpin52 said:

Striper Moon and Stripers and Streamers are good books if you are looking for an overall primer on striper fishing.  Both books contain recipes for flatwings; neither is what I would call a reference for tying them.  Like the OP, I am new to saltwater fly tying and looking for a similar book -- not strictly on tying flatwings -- but a basic guide to saltwater flies -- recipes, "how-to," and techniques, and fly patterns and the baits they imitate.  BFD, thanks for suggesting the Cordeiro book, will check it out.  I know from internet browsing that there are more out there.  What are your favorites? 

 

PS - reelsafari, have u seen this?  great video of Joe Cordeiro tying flatwing http://fly-fishing-blog.patagonia.com/post/39920585286/tying-flatwing-flies-my-introduction-to-flatwings

 

Joe's book offers very little on tying instruction too. However, the two videos are excellent (single feather and multi feather flatwings).

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