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A.K.'s Fly Box
Reviewed by Martin Joergensen
Date: Thur, May 12th 1996 12.50 +0100 (MET)
It's been a while since I reviewed any books on this list, but I have had several lying around that I wanted to write about. Now I had a couple of quiet hours, so...
In this book he reveals the contents of his own fly boxes. They contain a lot of brown trout flies - no salt water patterns, no poppers, no bass flies. There are a few hoppers and ants, but apart from that it's mayflies, stoneflies a caddises.
Luckily this is done in a very instructive manner, that not only deals with the patters and the colors of the flies, but also the techniques applied in their tying and their use: how to fish them.
The book is sectioned in a rather peculiar way. The first chapters have names such as 'Practice with Quills', 'Blue Winged Olives' and 'Light Cahills', but there are also chapters on named 'Caddis Flies' and 'Tricos'. The chapters have obviously been made according to A.K.'s own estimate of importance in regard to pattern choice more than with an intent to be systematic.
And imitation is a key word in A.K.'s choice of flies. He does a great job of being exact in his patterns - choice of color, material and dressings. In doing so he gets across some important points, and comparing the flies and the natural in the many color pictures will reveal a great knowledge of entomology and key stimuli.
The pictures are a great ressource in the book. Both pictures of naturals and flies and examples of Tie Betterniques are depicted in clear and crisp pictures. The last section of the book contains supplementery and more systematical tying instruction for different techniques and patterns.
The book is almost 200 pages, and succeeds in covering all important brown trout fly types. A.K. does of course make a selection in the vast amount of patterns, but he doesn't seem to miss anything important, exept for maybe the most modern type of flies and materials.