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First published April 20th 1999 - More than 15 years ago
Fly Tying Tips & Reference Guide
Reviewed by Martin Joergensen
Dick Stewart is a well known fly tyer and writer who is probably best known for his production together with Farrow Allen.
The level of the tips are entry level to intermediate, and some of them seem a bit 'easy' and even far fetched. But most are very useful. I learned more than a few tricks, and the book will undoubtly inspire most tyers. The B/W drawings are a good supplement to the short text fragments, and form some good entries to the text.
The book is sectioned into parts with headings such as Storage & Organisation, Hooks, Deer Body Hair, and Herls, Stems & Quills. These chapters of course each concentrate on the specific subject, but still appear as a stochastic collection of fairly unrelated ideas. I consider this a weakness, as I find it difficult to read even a chapter in one continuation. This might be unfair, as the book is obviously not ment to be read from cover to cover. It still irritates me that the concept of the book urges the reader to skip and jump rather than go through a learning process.