books are mentioned and used and perused by many tiers. This
is a list of the most influential and useful books I've found
for Salmon Fly/Streamer/Steelhead fly tying. I use them all
for reference and for lessons. It's always a challenge to
translate what you see and what you read into useful information
for your mind and ultimately your fingers. Having the right
materials in front of you is one thing. Knowing how to use
them is quite another.
Each one of these authors completely
dedicated and knowledgeable in the art and history of tying
the flies. Be inspired, then sit down and do some tying!
Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History
Volume 1 - Birds
Paul Schmookler & Ingrid Sils, 1994, The Complete Sportsman
and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History Volume
2 - Birds and Mammals
Paul Schmookler & Ingrid Sils, 1997, The Complete Sportsman
Paul Schmookler & Ingrid Sils, 1999, The Complete Sportsman
Schmookler-Sils books are beautiful and informative volumes.
Besides the thousands of flies and patterns found within,
the in-depth discussion of materials and the incredible photography
make these a must have for any fly tier.
The Joseph Bates Books
Fishing Atlantic salmon - The Flies and the Patterns
Joseph D. Bates & Pamela Bates Richards, 1996, Stackpole
Art of the Atlantic Salmon Fly
Joseph D. Bates, 1987, David R. Godine, Publisher
Salmon Flies and Fishing
Joseph D. Bates, 1970, Stackpole Books
Fly Tying & Fishing
Joseph D. Bates, 1950, Stackpole Books
is such a sense of history reading the Bates books. Although
there are plenty of patterns to try out, you just know he
was completely immersed and knowledgeable with his subject.
Highly recommended books.
The 1800's to early 1900's
To Dress Salmon Flies
T.E. Pryce-Tannatt, first published 1914, A & C Black
Thomas Edwin Pryce-Tannatt was an amazing man. In England,
he was the Inspector of Salmon Fisheries in the Board of Agriculture
and Fisheries starting in 1912, as well as the editor of the
Salmon and Trout Association magazine. He also wrote this
book in 1914,
which is one of the best on the subject. Must have for Salmon
To Tie Salmon Flies
Captain Hale, first published in 1892 by Sampson Low, Marston
& Co. Ltd.
very valuable book with over 400 Salmon fly patterns, containing
instructions on tying, materials, tools, and even dyeing materials.
George M. Kelson, originally published in 1895
Kelson compiled this book from the many articles from the
previous two decades before it was published. He wrote columns
and articles in 'Land and Water' among other publications.
He is one of the most important figures in Salmon fishing
and fly tying.
This book is full of patterns and information. A must have
More Contemporary Books:
Flies: Their Character, Style, and Dressing
Poul Jorgenson, 1978, Stackpole Books
first book I used for Salmon Fly instruction. From simple
strip wings to complex feather wings, this is a book I absorbed
cover to cover.
the Classic Salmon Fly - A Modern Approach To Traditional
Edited by Michael D. Radencich, 1997, Stackpole Books
This solid volume contains articles
by the best in the business, as well as the exquisite photography
of Mr. Radencich. Many valuable lessons and beautiful flies.
Salmon flies - History and Patterns
Mikael Frodin, 1991, published by Bonanza Books
important patterns and their histories. Mr. Frodin has done
a great job showing how the famous patterns varied, from famous
tiers of the 1800's to the early 1900's.
Salmon Fly Dressing
Ken Sawada, published by Tulchan Books
beautiful book full of Mr. Sawada's unique Salmon flies, as
well as some practical lessons in various tying procedures.
Lots of historical patterns included. Recommended.
Classic Salmon Flies
Ron Alcott, 1995, Nimbus Publishing Limited
detailed lessons in the art of Salmon Fly tying. Mr. Alcott
has a very recognizable style and is well qualified to teach
us the fine points. Excellent book.
Atlantic Salmon Fly - The Tyers and Their Art
Judith Dunham, 1991, published by Chronicle Books
worldwide tour of Salmon Fly tiers. Beautifully produced,
and informative about the tiers. Superb book.
Paul Ptalis, 1999, published by Paul Ptalis
book by a gifted tier. Check it out.
Guide To Salmon Flies
John Buckland & Arthur Oglesby
antique Salmon Flies, their origins, and patterns. Also Salmon
Flies from around the world.
Streamer and Steelhead Fly Books
Fly Patterns for Casting and Trolling - Originals and a Few
Mike Martinek, Jr. 1993, Mordax Publishing
Fly Patterns for Casting and Trolling - Originals and a Few
Others - Volume 2
Mike Martinek, Jr. 2000, A PP & MM Production
volumes from the master Streamer fly tier Mike Martinek, Jr.
Thanks to Jim Krul for my signed copies.
Stevens - Maker of Rangeley Favorite Trout and Salmon Flies
Graydon R. Hilyard & Leslie K. Hilyard, 2000, Stackpole
warm remembrance of the great Carrie Stevens. Full of stories,
patterns, and information. Good read.
Fly Tying Guide
H. Kent Helvie, 1994, Frank Amato Publications
crossover Salmon/Steelhead fly tying book. Besides Mr. Helvie's
clear instruction, many tiers and their patterns are displayed.
Fly Fishing and Flies
Trey Combs, 1976, Frank Amato Publications
wore out my copy of this book. A highlight is the nine Syd
Glasso flies displayed.
Trey Combs, 1991, published by Lyons & Burford
of the first books to detail the influence of Atlantic Salmon
flies on Steelhead fishing, especially in the Northwest U.S.
Nice chapter on Dave McNeese, among others.
Fly fishing - Trout and Beyond
John Shewey, 1992, Frank Amato Publications
taught me how to tie a Spey fly, and has been a big help in
materials. Check out his Spey-Style Steelhead flies in this
Flies & Dee Flies
historical patterns and techniques to modern Pacific Northwest
Spey and Dee tiers, John covers all you will need to tie these
Irish Trout and Salmon Flies
E.J. Malone,first published 1984 by Colin Smythe, Ltd.
Revised second edition published in 1993 by
The Flyfisher's Classic Library
Mr. Malone's book is filled with classic Irish Trout and
Salmon fly patterns, as well as fascinating history about
the flies and tyers. There are also chapters on hooks,
materials, and natural dyes for fly tying materials.
of the World - Their Breeding and Management
49 Pheasant species are covered. Great photos, and info on
breeding. Fun book.