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It's tough to say that a flyfishing book at $75 is a "value," but Trout Flies may be an exception. Featuring over 1400 color photographs of fly patterns, this work should be a standard for those specializing in trout flies. Author of the well-regarded Wet Flies (LJ 2/15/95), Hughes has a style that is easygoing and conversational, and his patterns will leave the beginning or intermediate enthusiast with a good selection of flies that will be effective in most situations. This is a refreshing change from earlier flytying manuals, which often were dry and dogmatic. The entry for each pattern first provides a brief anecdote that summarizes the author's opinion of the fly and its uses, next provides the recipe and tying instructions, and finally gives some variations allowing several different flies to be tied while only one pattern is learned. Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer (whose photographic talents Hughes acknowledges in his introduction) have a competing manual being published (The FlyTyer's Benchside Reference to Techniques and Dressing Styles, Frank Amato, 1998), and libraries may want to consider purchasing both works. Trout Flies is highly recommended for all flyfishing collections.?Jeff Grossman, Milwaukee Area Technical Coll. Lib., WI
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About the Author

Dave Hughes is a highly respected fly-fishing writer with more than two dozen books in print, including Trout from Small Streams: 2nd Edition, Handbook of Hatches: 2nd Edition, and Trout Flies. He is a columnist for Fly Rod & Reel and Flyfishing & Tying Journal. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1st edition (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811716015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811716017
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Hughes is author of more than 20 books about fly fishing. They include the classic Western Hatches with Rick Hafele, American Fly Tying Manual, Handbook of Hatches, Reading Trout Water, the massive reference Trout Flies, Nymphs for Streams and Stillwaters, Wet Flies, and Pocketguide to Western Hatches. In 2014 Stackpole Books published the 2-book set, Tactics for Trout and Seasons for Trout, authored by Dave with Rick Hafele and Skip Morris.

Dave was founding president of Oregon Trout in 1983, and was awarded life membership in the Federation of Flyfishers in 1985. He was awarded the Pete Hidy honorary life membership in the Flyfishers Club of Oregon in 1992 for his literary accomplishments. Dave received the prestigious Letcher Lambuth Angler Craftsman Award in 2008 from the Washington Fly Fishing Club. He is a life member of his home club, the Rainland Flycasters in Astoria, Oregon.

Born in Astoria, Oregon on the 4th of July, 1945, Dave worked his way through college at jobs specializing in the Three Ds--Dirty, Difficult, and Dangerous: mink ranches, tuna canneries, and shrimp boats. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1967, from Army Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1968. Dave served one-and-a-half years in Viet Nam, 6 months as a communications site commander in the Mekong Delta, and one year as liaison officer to the Commanding General of communications in the Southeast Asia theater.

Dave is an accomplished amateur aquatic entomologist. His hobbies include collecting, identifying, and photographing the aquatic insects that are fed upon by trout, as well as tying and fishing the flies that match those insects and fool those trout. His articles on fly fishing have appeared in Field & Stream, Gray's Sporting Journal, Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Fly Fisherman magazine, American Angler, and Fly Tyer. Dave served as editor of Flyfishing & Tying Journal for eight years, and is currently Practical and Useful columnist for Fly Rod & Reel and entomology columnist for Flyfishing & Tying Journal.

Dave lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Japanese fly fishing writer Masako Tani.

Customer Reviews

Pleasant conversation style and still very informative.
Thomas L. Adams
The quality of the printing itself is high - 480 full color, glossy pages.
jeffnc
If you buy one fly tying reference book, I would purchase this one.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "obcarr" on January 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have many books on fly tying. If I was to choose one book on the subject of trout flies and tying them it is this one. Great commentary, great pictures and a sensible methodology for choosing the right pattern all help Trout Flies to be the only trout fly reference I need in my collection. Thank you David Hughes and Stackpole books.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Orbst on January 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is an absolute must for anyone who has ever tied a fly novice or seasoned veteran .Clear concise instruction fanatastic color photography and proper step by step instruction after having strugled through magazines and books that appeared promising and spending hundreds of dollars in search of the help a self taught tyer desperatly needs this book was all i needed from the start thank-you Mr. Hughs and thank-you Amazon for leading me to this wonderful gift of knowledge!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By jeffnc on March 8, 2002
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This is an outstanding book on several counts. The quality of the printing itself is high - 480 full color, glossy pages. Frankly, Amazon's price ... for this book is more than reasonable.
As for the content; Hughes' style is his usual - no fluff, succinct, simple, elegant, no bull, very down to earth. He has a great way of organizing the material for you that clarifies and simplifies rather than obfuscates. He's good at categorizing flies into pattern styles, rather than offering scores of individual recipes that have no obvious similarities. He includes reasons for designing each fly style in a particular way, highlighting the way in which it will be fished and the type of water in which it will be fished. This is immensely helpful for beginner and intermediate tiers and fishermen such as myself. Hughes does not tie flies to put in a frame. He ties flies to catch fish, and he knows we don't have all the time and money in the world to tie up a set of our own flies that will cover most circumstances anywhere we fish. Highly recommended.
By the way, this makes "Essential Trout Flies" obsolete - there's no reason to own both books. On the other hand, if you're on a tight budget, you might consider ETF as a sort of "Cliff's Notes" version of this book. The fundamental content is about the same, although much expanded in this bigger volume.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Benenson on November 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is without question Dave Hughes' best book. It is beautifully produced, with -> exact <- tying instructions and the clearest photographs I have seen in a fly tying book.
The title doesn't give a hint about the excellent first chapters of the book. Chapters 1-3 are entitled "Considering Trout Files", "A Unified Theory of Trout Flies", and "Tying Flies for Fishing"; they contain a vast amount of fish-catching wisdom, including why certain flies work and others don't. For example, Hughes describes his change of fly choice method from the standard size-form-color method to choosing by pattern style, which he claims works even if the size and color are somewhat off. Also, he asks the reader to tie flies to fill her/his personal fly boxes by meditation on her/his favorite fishing situation. You get a lot more from this book than the best tying instructions I have ever read.
Do yourself a real favor and buy it, or add it to your wish list. You'll be a better fisher and tier after reading this book; I guarantee it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Dave Hughes has done a complete crossection of all types of trout flies. The step by step illustrated tying instructions are the most complete I have ever viewed. The color photos emphasize the tying instructions bringing depth to them. Dave shows the balance of presentation and imitation with his fishing techniques. Trout Flies: The Tier's Reference is a must for the beginner to the imtermediate tier/fisherman.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard Reedinger on January 30, 2008
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I have been a fly tier and flyfishing book collector for over 30 yrs. I own many books on tying instruction. I rate this one as mediocre at best. I suppose if you do not have any other book to compare, this one appears to be all you need. I felt the author was promoting his patterns and techniques over the tried and true standards of the industry. It has a severe Western US bias. The flies are not well known and have doubtful usefulness outside the Rockies. I also own Ted Leeson's book,"Benchside Reference..." I find it much superior in technique, photos and written instruction as well as using a more familiar base of fly patterns for the tier. It has a format I find more useful. It breaks up the different techniques for each part of the fly and all the variations that can be used. Pay the extra bucks and get Leeson's book. You'll be much happier.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
After having known Dave for more then 5 years up to date, I wasshocked when receiving from his hands this unique piece of art. Thereading is as always with Dave... astonishing and breathtaking. Thepictures are fantastic, and the step by step descriptions and details, not only helpful on tying, but also very entertaining, on the contrary of what we usually find in other fly-tying publications. Pictures are of high quality. As best as they can get, and flies are tied for fish... not for your eyes. Dave teaches how to tie them -- and use them too! -- in an easy way, focusing on trout... not on eyes of flyfishermen. The text is poetry! Easy to follow, even for non English native speakers, such as many of my fishing buddies here in Chile and in the Patagonia. Dave's years of knowledge throughout the world's trout streams, rivers, creeks, lakes and lagoons, are in this book. Not only a fly-tying book, but also a comprehensive guide as well as a delightful coffee table book. Oh yes! I bought a second one for tying. The one Dave gifted to me... sits in my coffee table, and it is the envy of all those who haven't bought it yet! Will you miss this great book? Oh no! Don't! Dave's poetry and humility flourishes in it. As always. As with great flyfishermen and writers. Dave's one of them. Thanks for this unique piece of art Dave! A BIG BRAVO FROM CHILE! Your second HOME WATERS.
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