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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.
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Product Details

  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On cursory look at Amazon, this seemed like it would be a great book. I have to admit, it does have great color photography and nice paper. It lies flat to make it a better book to use when actually tying flies. It's one of my nicer fly tying books...from a coffee table standpoint. It's the content that leaves a lot to be desired. The information on midges in the introduction is very general. About the same few pages you'd get in any angling entomology book. The tying instructions are limited to about a half-dozen generic examples. The bulk of the book is photos of myriad midge patterns and recipes. While this is interesting to skim through, I'm not sure it's all that valuable to a tier or an angler. There is no information on what waters the patterns were developed, why the developer created them or how he/she fished them, etc. The patterns are only broken down into broad categories of larva, pupa, emerger, dry, but beyond that they seem to be arranged pretty randomly. While there are LOTS of patterns, let's face it...many midge patterns are pretty darn similar. How many differnet names can you have for a midge of black thread wrapped with a wire rib. And is a photo really necessary when you change the thread color? Yes, you can tie it in different thread colors, or change the wire color, or add a gold bead (or maybe copper or silver, or black tungsten). Maybe use crystal flash instead of thread, or a plastic material like larva lace. Maybe tie in some foam at the eye and make it an emeerger, but are all of these truly different flies. For the most part, this book just presents pictures of gazillions of flies (well over 1000) tied with about a half-dozen different materials. Hard to believe all 1000 are "the world's most effective patterns.Read more ›
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The book was pricey but I was excited; Rick Takahashi as the author and a lot of great reviews. The book arrived and as I read / looked through it I got angry. OK, put the book aside and cool off. Days then weeks later I was able to look through the book again. I had mostly gotten over the shock of buying an expensive book only to have it be a major disappointment.

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?
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This book is filled with good pictures and the recipes to recreate all of the flys included. The book is spiral bound so it lays flat and is easy to read while working on the vice. The last fify pages or so is filled with fishing tips from the pros., good tips. It is obvious that the authors know their stuff and are talented tiers. This purchase is money well spent and I plan on giving a few as gifts. My only suggestion would be to include a bit of history and the geographics for each fly.

I wish all reference and tutorial type books would us spiral bindings, so much easier to work with!
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The Best Midge book I have, this has more patterns than I could tie in a year and is a great resource for understanding midges and their actions in the water. Midges I can tie, but their next book on Terrestrials looks a little intimidating and I'll work on that soon. I'm tying my way through the different hook sizes to fill my midge boxes and this book is a great help to do that.
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Modern midges was a good introduction to tying and fishing midges. There were excellent color photos of page upon page of midge patterns and there was a section on how to fish them. I would have liked to see a small section on where to fish the patterns placed under the pictures. I live in upstate NY and would have benefited if the author included whether the pattern was used in the West, East, Both, or in the Central US. I also would have liked to see more tips and techniques on how to fish the midges. This was a great picture book but not a great, "How to" book.
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