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The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies

This is a massive and impressing work by Chris Mann whose books we hold in high esteem here on the Global FlyFisher. With more than 1,800 fly patterns listed, each meticulously illustrated in Mann's superior style, This is probably THE title you want as a reference to salmon flies from the whole planet. Running through the indexes - by tyer/originator, fly style or name - is simply breathtaking - not to mention every single page with its many patterns.

Author: Chris Mann
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The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies
Merlin Unwin Books, 2008

GFF rating: 6 out of 7
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Reviewed by Martin Joergensen

Looking at the beautiful computer drawn flies on the cover of this latest and largest volume by Chris Mann, you might be tempted to think that we're talking about a soup stone project, where Chris has boiled down his previous three titles on salmon flies into one.

But that is not the case.

This book does of course contain lots of flies, which have already been featured in the previous books, but it also has a lot of new patterns as well as a set of very well organized indexes to help you find what you are looking for.

A GFF user inquired about a Murmansk Munroe on our forum, and I did as I always do: searched the web. But I found nothing, and thought no further of it until Craig, the original poster, replied that he had found the pattern. And where? Well, in one of Chris' books of course. And all that time I had it on my table right next to the computer, but never trawled the index for that Murmansk fly
That would have been a very typical use for this huge book.
It is indeed a very thorough directory of salmon flies.

Listing more than 1,800 flies, it's an impressing sensation to just leaf through the book and to look at all the neat computer drawn color illustrations. Each fly is shown with a short description of its origin, history and use and displayed in the clear way that Chris Mann's amazing computer illustrations offer - and of course accompanied by a materials list.

The style and concept of this book is basically the same as the previous books, and it does in a sense replace these three volumes. The quality is equally high, and the work behind equally astonishing. There's a lot of research and a lot of hours spent on text and illustrations behind these pages, and there's no doubt that it earns the Global Class that was also bestowed on the first volumes of Mann's series.

No salmon fly tyer should be without, and if you find an avid salmon angler in your circle of fishing friends, don't hesitate giving this book as a gift. It's beautiful enough to sit on a coffee table and mesmerize visitors with its repetitive but artful patterns and colors.

So what's next Chris? Streamers? Saltwater flies? Dry flies?
We're all waiting...

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From: Martin Joergensen · martin·at·  Link
Submitted June 23rd 2009


It might be a question of taste, but I certainly think that the computer illustrations do a great job - at least as good as photos when it comes to showing details and tying. The might not be as "charming" as high end photos, but they do very well as illustrations and are very consistent, making comparisons easy. I wouldn't be deterred. You can see examples in the reviews of the earlier books, and I will scan a page of the new one and add to the review.


From: john ridderbos · ridderbos3·at·  Link
Submitted June 22nd 2009

I have always been tempted to pick up mr. mann's books, but I was put-off by the fact that it is illustrated and not photos. Should I not let this bother me?

John Ridderbos

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