Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying

by: Charlie Craven | Item#: BV-800720-0000
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A modern course in fly-tying fundamentals covering the essential tools, materials, and techniques needed to tie a wide range of popular flies. With 1,000 photos, Craven covers cutting-edge techniques for the more tried-and-true classics and shares innovative approaches to current patterns. This book starts out with simple flies and work toward more complex patterns. It covers 17 flies (including recipes for popular variations), including the Brassie, Black Beauty, RS2, Hare's Ear, Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, Copper John, Woolly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Stimulator, Adams, Rusty Spinner, Parachute Blue-Winged Olive, X Comparadun, Royal Wulff, Humpy, and Goddard Caddis.


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Perfect for a Beginner

Reviewer: from Nebraska

I'm a newbie at tying flies. I bought this book, the peak rotary vise and some materials all at the same time. This book is where to start. Charlie starts you out simple and each lesson builds on what you learned from the previous lesson. By the time you are done with this book you will know how tie and have the confidence to tie all kinds of different flies. The nice thing is that all the techniques you learn allow you to tye other flies and you might even come up with a few of your own.

For about a week, my vise and book looked at me. I was afraid of tying an ugly fly (kinda silly, right?)Then I figured a fish wouldn't care if it was ugly or not. I tied my first fly. I kid you not, it looks terrible. Its the first fly I've ever tied, and every fly I've tied since then has gotten better and better.

So my advice is buy the book, and tye tye tye flies. Its what I'm doing.

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The most helpful book I have used

Reviewer: from Fort Collins, CO

This book is a must have for experienced tiers and especially for those just learning. I started out with this book and Charlie's instructions are detailed and thorough. Made some beautiful flies and I even got his Fly Box book with other great stuff.

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Great Book

Reviewer: from Emmaus, PA US

I have many fly tying books which have been purchased over the years but Charlie's is the best I have seen. The pictures are great. My fly's look better and he has solved many of the issues which hamper the quality of your fly. Thank you Charlie.

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Great book

Reviewer: from Grand Rapids, MI US

This was actually one of the first books I bought when I started fly tying. It has great descriptions and the pictures help a lot. If you are a beginner or just someone who needs to brush up on their skills this is a great book.

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Look No Further

Reviewer: from Highlands Ranch, CO US

The pictures in this book make it an absolutely keeper, based on that alone. They are clear, in full color and line the pages. The printing quality helps accentuate them.

What sends this book over the top as the definitive book for trout flies for the beginner is the clarity of instruction. The steps are broken down far enough to be very straightforward and the chapters are laid out thoughtfully and in progression of skills.

This may not be for all master tiers, but this is THE definitive place to start. I've used it to the point of almost needing another copy!

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