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Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying: Modern Techniques for Flies That Catch Fish Hardcover – July 15, 2008
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About the Author
Charlie Craven co-owns Charlieâ€™s Fly Box, a fly shop in Arvada, Colorado, and is a top-selling signature fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants. Craven is the Fly Tierâ€™s Bench columnist for Fly Fisherman and author of Charlie Cravenâ€™s Basic Fly Tying: Modern Techniques for Flies That Catch Fish and Charlieâ€™s Fly Box: Signature Flies for Fresh and Salt Water. He is also featured in the recent Fly Fisherman magazine DVDs Warmwater Fly Tying and Saltwater Fly Tying. He lives in Palmer Lake, Colorado, with his wife, Lisa, two giant dogs, and a slew of children.
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But the Kindle editing is garbage. It's frustrating to be so focused on getting the details just right, like making sure the tail of the nymph splits in the right proportions and that the wing is in the right spot of the shank while tying a "Simulator". That's actually the title of the chapter on the "Stimulator".
With the amount of teaching and the great photographs, the small errors that occur on nearly every page shouldn't be that big of a deal. But I agree with Craven when he writes that if you make a mistake, you should fix it right then and not just let it slide; even though an ugly poorly tied fly will still catch a trout. It seems like Kindle didn't care enough to correct their editing because they knew the book would sell. By the time you see how sloppy the transition to e-book was handled you've already paid for it.
I still recommend it, though you might want to skip the kindle version.
His photo's are glorious and the large illustrations of proportions are simply the best. His instructions are detailed enough for beginners yet he includes production tips that can make life easier for more experienced fly tyers.
One gripe. There are many ways of tying even standard patterns. Craven sometimes belittles methods used by others and doesn't appreciate the fact that some his methods aren't necessarily better, they're just different.
I frequently will look at several videos or printed methods and more often than not, combine different tricks and approaches from different tyers when I tie the pattern. This is called personalization and all tyers will adopt methods as they grow and gain experience. Othewise, they are just cooking by recipie.
I will hasten to add that Charlie justifies most of his opinions and I am convinced that his approaches are better than most, most of the time. In particular, his approach to tying parachutes is paricularly effective.