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Modern Midges: Tying & Fishing the World's Most Effective Patterns Spiral-bound – August 14, 2009
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About the Author
Rick Takahashi is a frequent contributor to Fly Fisherman magazine and designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. He is coauthor of Modern Midges. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Top Customer Reviews
What it is: The book is a fly recipe book. Period. The pictures are fantastic, large and clear. I wish other fly tying books used pictures as good as this book does. The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference has pictures almost as good; but the benchside reference crams far more information on a page and is truly encyclopedic and extremely useful. Modern Midges starts each midge chapter with detailed well photographed instructions on tying one specific midge fly. There is also some info on fishing midges in Modern Midges, mostly as very short writings by guest authors at the tail end of the book. If you are looking for is a good color reference for hundreds of midge patterns and a minimal list of their ingredients, than this book is for you.
What it is not: The book is like the old Orvis fly recipe books from the 60s and 70s. Thousand of fly recipes, with very little information about any particular fly's genesis, derivation, construction choices, representation, entomological replication use or success. There is no information about why one material is substituted for another nor how well it represents an insect body part, shuck, web, whatever. There is no information about why each midge fly was included in the book, where in the country it was originally tied nor what water it was designed for. Curious about exactly why and how materials are used to form a body, thorax, wing case, whatever?Read more ›
I wish all reference and tutorial type books would us spiral bindings, so much easier to work with!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Best Midge book I have, this has more patterns than I could tie in a year and is a great resource for understanding midges and their actions in the water. Read morePublished 10 months ago by asarkozy
Lots of good photographs of midge nymph patterns including chironomids. Used book as a raffle item at our Fly Fishing Club fund raising event. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephen Aspinwall
Top drawer. The detailed photos of nymphs, pupae, and adults are excellent. Good tips from experts on terminal rigging and fishing techniques. The price is fair as well.Published 21 months ago by Donald W. Chapman
This is an excellent book on midges an midge fishing. Comprehensive, clear,concise,simple an to the point. Loads of midge patterns in all stages of development. Read morePublished 22 months ago by G.Grant