Fly Tying Book

Barr Flies: How to Tie and Fish the Copper John, the Barr Emerger …

Barr Flies by John Barr
Barr Flies by John Barr

Barr Flies: How to Tie and Fish the Copper John, the Barr Emerger by John Barr

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John Barr is one of the esteemed fly designers for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He has honed his patterns and variations fishing the stories rivers and lakes near his home in Boulder, Colorado. The photography in the book was produced by another famed fly designer, Mr. Charlie Craven. Barr Flies offer crisp instructional photographs accompanying the tying instruction, hints and tips. Mr. Barr provides background to each of the illustrated patterns and includes tips on when and how to fish them solo and within multiple-fly rigs. The step by step instructions are well illustrated and easy to follow along. Includes popular patterns such as the Barr Emerger, Copper John, Slumpbuster and 17 other patterns.

Author: John S. Barr
Format: Hardcover 188 pages
Publisher: Stackpole Books; First Edition edition (August 10, 2007)
ISBN: 0811702367

The Founding Flies by Mike Valla

The Founding Flies by Mike Valla
The Founding Flies by Mike Valla

The Founding Flies: 43 American Masters: Their Patterns and Influences by Mike Valla

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Mike Valla has penned several books and has come to be known as a trustworthy source for fly tying history. The book is beautifully written and includes 40 chapters covering 43 historically important American fly tyers. Each chapter bring focus to one or two of these masters and highlights their career achievements, milestones and a selection of fly patterns that helped cement their names into modern fly tyer nomenclature.

The book is wonderfully adorned with color photos of the flies and includes pattern recipes for nearly 300 flies. Included among the famous tyer profiles, past and present, are Art Flick, Ray Bergman, Lee Wulff, Don Gapen, Len Halladay, André Puyans, Cal Bird, Lew Oatman, Dave Whitlock and 34 other influential anglers who made their mark in fly tying.

Author: Mike Valla
Format: Hardcover-spiral 320 pages
Publisher: Stackpole/Headwater (August 1, 2013)
ISBN: 0811708330

An excellent review by Bob Petti can be found at Global Fly Fisher