The Fly-Fisher's Craft

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The Fly-Fisher's Craft

The Art and History

“The Fly-Fisher’s Craft: The Art and History” (Augmented edition) by Darrel Martin is a coffee-table book filled with illustrations of both historical texts and drawings dealing with fly-fishing and modern techniques dealing with constructing all of the accouterments related to this sport. The author’s love of and fascination with the various aspects of creating just the right fly for the type of fish and the location definitely shines through in this book. I was intrigued by the lengths these aficionados go to in order to recreate a bug that may not even still exist, relying on written accounts and drawings for guidance. Having only tried the sport twice, I am not the person these intricate descriptions are designed for, but I can definitely see why folks get immersed in the preparation and execution and I was entertained by the historical allusions to a pastime that has existed for several centuries. I think this book would be a perfect gift for someone who enjoys both the sport and the study of its evolution.

Book Blurb for The Fly-Fisher's Craft

An illustrated guide to historical and modern flies, hooks, lines, and loop rods.

Whether looking for a back-to-basics approach to fly-tying or a better understanding of its history, The Fly-Fisher’s Craft is the perfect volume to educate the curious angler as well as to provide tips of the trade. A detailed history of fly-tying and historical flies are coupled with the author’s personal modern fly patterns, satisfying the fisher’s desire for the pastoral and practical.

In The Fly-Fisher’s Craft, experienced outdoors writer Darrel Martin provides thoroughly researched history and careful instruction accompanied by color photographs throughout. Chapters cover a wide variety of topics, such as:

Tying in antiquity

Fly design

Personal patterns

Hooks and lines


And much more!

In a newly augmented edition, new readers will have the chance to discover the roots of fly fishing and fly tying from antiquity up through the modern era. With forewords by Ted Leeson and by John Betts, both respected angling authors, this book is a complete source for the fly-tier.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2017 5.00