- Spiral-bound: 288 pages
- Publisher: Headwater Books; Spi edition (August 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934753009
- ISBN-13: 978-1934753002
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
Jerry Hubka is a commercial artist and coauthor of Modern Midges. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. 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
The ending section is a series of VERY brief articles by experts, but the one by Gary Borger is about par for the course. He describes catching a trout on a midge and then his son Jason (age 8 at the time) catching the same fish later in the day...How does this help me? Another article lists important equipment for lakes...like chest waders...Jeez.
If you already know how to tie flies, you'd be better off taking the money you pay for this book, going to your favorite fly shop and asking them what their six favorite midge patterns are, and then tying it in a variety of colors and sizes. Really a big disappointment of a book. Most of the work was in collecting and photographing midge patterns, but no effort was put into distilling that information to make it useful.
Will I keep this book...yes, it does have pretty pictures, and I have hundreds fo other fly fishing books I've never culled. Will I use it...maybe periodically when I've got tier's block and want to stimulate some creativity at the vise. Will it improve my midge patterns or midge fishing...not a whole lot.
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? Well, you'll still be curious about most of them after reading this book.
Let's face it, when reviews praise the binding and pictures but fail to mention how it's helped their understanding for fly fishing, fly construction or fly tying then something is amiss. For now, I am keeping the book. Unfortunately, I expect this book to be just like the old Orvis fly recipe books; outdated quickly as fly recipes change or as new fly design fads emerge.
Perhaps I wouldn't have been so disappointed if the title said "Modern Midges: Tying eight of the world's most effective patterns plus pictures and ingredient list for many more", but then I wouldn't have bought the book.
I wish all reference and tutorial type books would us spiral bindings, so much easier to work with!