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Thursday November 10th 2011
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Published: Thursday November 10th 2011 (3 years ago)
Updated: Friday February 24th 2012, 3:41AMMore about: Books |
by Martin Joergensen

Another bunch of books snuck their way into my life

OK, it happened again: my trigger finger slipped and several Amazon vendors as well as my all time favorite bookshop, Coch-y-Bonddu in Wales, were allowed to stick their trunks into my wallet and suck up a bit of money in exchange for some books.

As so many times before I was prowling around on assorted book pages, going through my Amazon wish list and just getting up to date on what's happening on the fly tying and fly fishing book market - which doesn't seem to be much. The crises is not good for book publishing, especially not in a niche market.

But I managed to find a few interesting titles anyway, and spent i very nice November hour on my terrace with a cup of latte, a cookie and a bunch of new books today.

Got this one for 13 UKú - about 20 US$. It's not really worth it, but I wanted to do a joint review with the previous title in the series, not surprisingly called "Fifty places to Fly Fish Before You Die".
Fifty more places to fly fish before you die
By Chris Santella
Another Fifty-places from Santella who seems to be a book factory. I'm not impressed at first glance. Each dream location is covered with a brief text and a few facts, and many even without any images. I wonder how these books can become bestsellers...

I have been on the lookout for this one for long, but the standard price is about 50 US$, which is a bit steep. But I got this very nice, used copy for 16 UKú including postage, and that is more than reasonable.
Trout of the World
By James Prosek
A stunningly beautiful and fascinating book in spite of its extremely simple concept: paint a picture of each of as many trout species and variations as possible. Simple images: a fish flat on its side on white background. But Prosek's fabulous style and the sheer number and variations is enough to spellbind.

At less than 13 US$ there isn't much to think about. This is a great book for the money - very nice pictures and great little stories.
Friends on the Water
By R. Valentine Atkinson
Atkinson's photos are all over the place: in magazines, in catalogs, in books, online and offline. That means that we have seen a lot of them already, and I have been disappointed before when buying Atkinson books. But this one features a lot of images that I haven't seen before as well as stories in the usual R. Valentine Atkinson style: written by mainly well-known fly anglers.

A very beautiful book back from 1991, but still well worth its price, which is now as low as 6 UKú or less than 10 US$.
Chalk Streams and Lazy Trout
By Robin Armstrong
Robin Armstrong has been painting most of his life, but also used to be a river keeper. This book catches the life on a chalkstream in beautiful images and nicely written text. Also see our article about the artist here.

Dyeing and Bleaching
By A. K. Best
This is a real classic written by the renown fly tyer and tying book author AK Best. The book was overhauled in 2004 and reprinted in a second edition with color images. It's the bible when it comes to dying fly tying materials, and is extremely thorough and useful - even for those that have no plans of dying, but just want to treat their materials as well as possible.

In my fever I managed to buy two of these! So it goes when that index finger is hovering above the Buy Now button. At about 20 US$ it's no big deal, but I sure wish I had bought two copies of a better book!
Saltwater Fly Patterns
By Lefty Kreh
This is a fly tying book from 1995 and that's pretty obvious when you run through it. Simple in scope, plain and fairly boring plates of a bunch of flies accompanied by a pattern description with materials listings. Not much new, and not much to be excited about.

Nice book, much better than Kreh's mentioned above, and available used from less than 8 UKú or about 12-13 US$.
Essential Saltwater Flies
By Ed Jaworowski
A very nice book with a great selection of traditional saltwater patterns, richly illustrated with step-by-step photos.

Reviews will appear during the winter.

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