The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference to Techniques and Dressing Styles Hardcover – November 13, 1998
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Recently, that is over the last twenty five years there has been a surge of excellent fly fishing books with excellent instructions, clear color photos often combined with explanatory stories about the fly or flies. The Fly Tier's Benchside Reference is a decided culmination in fly tying information. I am amazed at the sheer volume of work that must've gone into this compilation. Knowledge of all these techniques and their variances is one thing. Stripping the techniques down to their basic components, quantifying and grouping the techniques, organizing them with a cross referenced index, matching every technique with the clarifying photographs, and describing every step of a technique is just a stupendous effort.
I am glad that this reference does not describe specific fly patterns. Fly patterns are extremely variable depending on where and when they are tied. Patterns change from season to season, year to year, decade to decade, stream to stream, state to state, country to country. New tying techniques may be developed or they may evolve or be refined but they are rarely discarded. This reference is a valuable book to have in one's library and will remain so for decades. I wish it was in a three ring binder so new pages could be added.
I haven't quite figured out how to keep this book benchside as I don't have enough room for it and my tying gear at the same time, but it is the first book in a long time that I would like to keep benchside.
This wonderful book has very clear illustrations of just about every dressing technique I've ever seen, or heard of, or wondered about. The most obscure technique for winging I know of, the "reverse hackle" or as the Brit's call it, "wonderwing" is clearly shown. I'd never run across anything about this winging style, save for a few photos in European journals. I find the inclusion of this obscure technique amazing.
This book has something for everybody: beginners will have choices for tying that are easier (or, more sophisticated) than the guide they are working from; and, intermediate and advanced tiers will find interesting new methods or new uses for existing materials.
I simply have never seen a survey of technique this extensive anywhere in the (already voluminous) fly tying literature.
Mr. Schollmeyer's photos are sharp, well oriented and highly illustrative. Mr. Leeson's text (which is a substantial departure from his superb prose work) is a model of clarity and concise description.
Overall this is a fine work and one which will, I predict, become a standard in the field.
Top international reviews
It is very well structured and covers just about every fly tying task. It is not a book for absolute beginners. But it is very instructional. Each chapter starts with a review and each sub-topic a short discussion before going into the particular task in depth. At this point the photographs come into their own. They show in detail the stage being covered, with special effects like different coloured threads being used. They ARE of sufficient size to show all. The descriptions are very concise and every word is important.
The text has many references to other parts of the book, rather than repeat itself, and these were all accurately linked, although this makes reading more difficult.
I learned two ways of parachute hackling, and the book is made for adding to ones skill and knowledge. It covers many ideas which I hadn't thought about before. I consequently found it stimulating and browse it more and more. Recommended.
Ich habe mir als Fliegenbinde Anfänger dieses Buch gekauft und bin wirklich begeistert. Es ist wird darin kaum ein Bindematerial ausgelassen, welches man in irgendeiner Form auf den Haken anbringen kann.
Ich lese normalerweise keine Englischsprachigen Bücher, da Ich zu wenig verstehe, aber die Bilder in diesem Buch sagen alles aus, selbst Leuten die kein Englisch sprechen, würde Ich dieses Buch empfehlen.
Wer ein Buch mit vielen schönen Fliegenbildern - mit oft sehr sporadischen Anleitungen - sucht ist hier falsch. Dieses Buch soll eine Art nachschlage-Werk sein wenn man gewisse Materialien verarbeiten möchte und nicht weiß wie man sie am besten auf den Haken bringt.
Eben ein Buch mit Augenmerk auf Binde-Techniken
Ich kann dieses Buch wirklich jedem Anfänger empfehlen.
Hier kann man sich einen Fliegenbinde-Anfängerkurs, fast - wenn nicht sogar ganz - sparen!
Ich dachte nach all den Jahren wüsste ich einiges über das Fliegenbinden, aber dieses Buch hat mir gezeigt was ich noch alles lernen kann.
Ein Buch für Fliegen-Fanatiker.
en anglais ....mais de nombreux dessins indispensable pour affiner votre technique de montage je conseille
und die Freude darüber war groß.