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Tying legend Jay “Fishy” Fullum shows you how to make flies that catch fish. Armed with a vice, a hook, a few dabs of glue, and a handful of twisty-ties, Fishy offers invaluable advice, directions, and patterns for making handmade flies with off-the-shelf materials—all in a friendly, funny, non-technical way. Along with 300 full-color photographs, he explains where to find the materials, make them workable, and turn them into flies that are practically guaranteed to catch fish.

Krazy Glue, packing material, fake fingernails, Christmas tree icicles, doll eyes, worn-out seatbelts, Mylar, floss—lurking in the junk drawers, crafts stores, or at your local dollar mart are the bits and pieces of unlikely materials that will let you create custom flies, save money, and get great results.

About the Author

After working as a designer and graphic artist for over 30 years, Jay "Fishy" Fullum retired in 1995 to pursue his passion for writing, tying flies and fly-fishing. He still utilizes his art talent when illustrating his magazine articles or a new book. Fishy also established himself as an accomplished watercolorist shortly after retiring; selling many paintings that combine his art and fly tying talents.
Fishy has been tying flies since the early fifties. During the past twenty years he has designed nearly a hundred and fifty productive, innovative patterns for everything from bluegills to bonefish.
Many of these patterns are featured in his CREATIVE TYING column published in FLY TYER MAGAZINE. Other patterns can be found in Fishy's two fly tying books, Fishy's Flies and Fishy's Favorites and A Jar Full of Hoppers, a book of short stories on fly fishing and fly tying.
Fishy is featured at fly tying/fly fishing events from Massachusetts to Florida, where he teaches and demonstrates the art of fly tying at the vise.
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Product Details

  • Series: Fly Tyer
  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; First Edition edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762770848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762770847
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nice illustrations & pictures.
Jolt'n Joe
The "Fly Tying with Common Household Materials" book is a Homerun in my opinion.
J. M. Chalkley
I'll use most of the suggestions for fresh water.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 21, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound
Excellent little book, interesting to read, and containing some insights into using materials that are available as household and/or hobby shop items with quite surprising results. Mr. Fullum has a very conversational writing style which makes it easy to follow. The most useful input is how to make use of his learning curve and avoid having to put in the time and effort that he has already done to get the best results.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Chalkley on January 23, 2012
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The "Fly Tying with Common Household Materials" book is a Homerun in my opinion. Lots of information, tricks of the trade, short cuts and tips on materials and tying. This is my third book from Fishy. I have almost as much fun looking for materials as I do tying and Fishy has saved me lots of time in trial and error.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Glover on January 30, 2013
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I liked reading this book. Picked up some great ideas for house hold materials. Also some good ways to save money on fly tying materials.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bigjohn on September 9, 2012
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This really opened my eyes to what is available for fly tying. It is an easy read and makes tying fun. I enjoy going to the dollar stores to see what I can find.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John S on April 27, 2012
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Good Book I enjoy reading Fishy Fullum books. It's a different take on flytying. He always comes up with new and interesting materials to tye flies with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janie on September 8, 2013
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I ordered this book with the expectation it would introduce me to the art of fly tying from a practical perspective. I found it was too advanced for my neophyte eyes. I then passed it on to a long-term tying friend -- and he loved it -- said he read it cover-to-cover in one night.

Based on these observations, I guess I would recommend the book to experienced tiers who are looking for money-saving or just quirky ways to pursue their sport. Beginners need to find more basic reading material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David O on May 10, 2014
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I wish I had read him when I was younger. He has two other fly-tying books that are also great. I could have saved myself some money in rooster capes and fur patches, without sacrificing effectiveness. Super glue info is worth the price of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 21, 2013
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I've had this book for several weeks, and it has made me start thinking differently about the materials I have been using for my flies. Without thinking, I've started looking at things that used to just go straight to the trash, just to see if they can somehow be incorporated into a fly. It's too small an amount of material to make a lot of difference as far as "recycling" goes, but it does feel good to make use of something that would otherwise be in the trash.

The book is well-written, well made, and printed on heavy coated paper. The "spiral" binding lets the pages lay flat for reference. The book covers techniques, supplies and materials, and includes hundreds of color photos. It does not provide detailed instructions on how to tie specific flies, but concentrates more on how to utilize and incorporate every-day inexpensive materials into your own fly designs. Give it a try -- it's something different, and I'm pretty sure you will enjoy it.
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