Dick Stewart

Fly Tying Tips & Reference Guide

Reviewed by Martin Joergensen

GFF Rating: 3

book cover
Date: April 20th 1999

  • Dick Stewart
  • Fly Tying Tips & Reference Guide
  • Published by Mountain Pond Publishing Corp., New Hampshire
  • ISBN 093664422-2
  • Price US$ 13.95

Dick Stewart is a well known fly tyer and writer who is probably best known for his production together with Farrow Allen.
This little book is his own work. It's a collection of hundreds of small tying tips gathered during Stewart's career as an editor of American Angler and Fly Fish America.
Through its almost 150 pages you will find tips for close to any aspect of fly tying. As the title indicates, the book also contains some reference parts and a gloassary.

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.

User comments
GFF staff comment
From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·globalflyfisher.com  Link
Submitted January 30th 2006


Unfortunately we don't have the contact information for Dick Stewart. You may try to contact one of the many publishers he has worked with like The Lyons Press or Globe Pequot Press. That's the best we can do.


From: shewmaker·at·dartmouth.edu  Link
Submitted January 30th 2006

If possible, I would like to contact Dick Stewart. I have most of his books and am an avid fly tyer. I would like to write him and ask him a question about a particular pattern. I would appreciate it if you could send me his mailing or email address. Than you, Ken Shewmaker

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