This book celebrates a collection of 731 flies, and as such, contains the most saltwater flies ever assembled in any book.
These fly patterns represent thousands and thousands of hours spent fly fishing saltwater ,and almost as many hours spent at the tying bench by countless hundreds of fly fishing men and women from all walks of life. Some are professional fly tiers, guides, boat captains, fly shop owners, and such, but many are not known – their flies have never been in print before.
Teachers, fire fighters, cab drivers, retired persons, journalists, real estate brokers, carpenters, and potato farmer contributed favorite flies. Some of these tiers, such as female Episcopal priest Page Rogers, will soon become nationally known names in saltwater fly fishing circles.
These flies have been tested inshore and offshore all around the world, including the waters of Australia, Canada, and the British Isles, the Caribbean, Mexico, Venezuela, and all coasts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. This book is a treasure trove of unfound riches for anyone interested in saltwater flies: thumbnail-sized crustacean imitations for bonefish and permit; specific patterns that simulate prey baitfish for stripers and bluefish; tantalizing tarpon streamers; bulky bigwater blasters that excite jumbo marlin and sailfish to the strike; and a host of flies that cover the spectrum in between.
The CLASSICS chapter will delight you with its collection of classic saltwater flies that are proven patterns, and give you a sense of saltwater fly fishing history. Whether you tie flies or not, this book is an invaluable resource, not only because of its 700-plus patterns, but because of the sources section, which lists commercial sources for flies.