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How to Tie Flies   By: (1899-)

How to Tie Flies by Ellery Clark Gregg

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[Transcriber's Note: This transcription attempts to follow page numbering and capitalization as closely as possible. Occasionally, a paragraph spans more than one page with one or more full page sized illustrations between the pages, thus splitting the paragraph. This required adjustment to the numbering of some pages.

The listing of the Barns Sports Library has been relocated to the end of the book in order to improve continuity.

The table of "Standard Dressings Of 334 Flies" actually has only 319 dressings.]

HOW TO TIE FLIES

HOW TO TIE FLIES

BY E. C. GREGG

DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY THE AUTHOR

A. S. BARNES AND COMPANY

NEW YORK

Copyright, 1940, A. S. Barnes & Company. Inc

THIS BOOK IS FULLY PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT AND NOTHING THAT APPEARS IN IT MAY BE REPRINTED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER, EITHER WHOLLY OR IN PART, FOR ANY USE WHATEVER, WITHOUT SPECIAL WRITTEN PERMISSION BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION vii TOOLS, HOOKS AND MATERIALS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Tools Fly Tier's Vise Hackle Pliers, scissors, Hooks Materials Quill Bodies, Herl Bodies, Hackles, Tails, Cheeks or Shoulders, Ribbing, Wings, Tying Silk BUCKTAIL STREAMERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 WET FLIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 DRY FLIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 NYMPHS and Their Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Nymphs: Their Construction The Helgramite BASS FLIES AND FEATHER STREAMERS . . . . . . . . . . 42 FAMOUS BUCKTAIL AND FEATHER STREAMERS . . . . . . . . 47 FLOATING BUGS and Their Construction . . . . . . . . 49 Cork Bodied Bass Bugs ANGLER'S KNOTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 MY FAVORITE FLIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 STANDARD DRESSINGS OF 334 FLIES . . . . . . . . . . . 69

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[Illustration: Diagram 1. Page sized drawing of parts of a fly.]

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INTRODUCTION

The object of this book will be throughout its entirety to teach in a practical manner the art of Fly Tying in all its branches. The principles used herein, and the methods of construction employed, are those used by the professional fly tier who practices fly making for the sake of art, and tries to achieve with each finished fly, a masterpiece.

None of the short cuts employed by those whose business is quantity production will be attempted. Only the making of flies of the very highest quality and most durable construction will be attempted. In describing the principals of construction with the following illustrations, it will be impossible to describe in detail each standard pattern; however, it must be remembered that the fundamentals applying to each style of fly will be the principal bases of construction of all flies of that style, and that the use of different body materials, hackles, wings or size will simply change the pattern and not the fundamental points of construction.

Dressings for hundreds of standard patterns will be found fully described elsewhere in this book. For clearness {viii} of understanding please note that where a fly is described in this book as having grey wings, or red body, etc., and no particular feather or material is specified, it means that any feather or body material may be used. When a particular feather, body, hackle, tail, etc., must be used it will be so stated.

Each year a steadily increasing number of anglers are learning to tie their own flies. Not many years ago, there were few in America outside of professional tiers who understood the art. Now on each angling trip, at least one is sure to be met, who has discovered the great thrill of taking fish on flies of his own tying.

To those who are anticipating the making of their own flies for the first time, there is the opportunity to exercise one's ingenuity in the creation of new patterns. To prolong your fishing seasons throughout the long winter evenings, in the confines of your own den, where, with a supply of fur, feathers and tinsel, can be enjoyed a profitable, artistic and pleasant hobby... Continue reading book >>




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