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Charlie's Fly Box
Charlie Craven

As I advance as a fly tier of trout flies, I keep stumbling on Charlie Craven fly patterns. This book is an excellent resource for great fly patterns and excellent tying instructions. A great bonus is Charlie's website - charliesflyboxinc.com. In the Flybox section, he has over 175 patterns with excellent tutorials. Of course, there is an excellent assortment of fly tying materials on the website and orders are promptly shipped.


The Benchside Introduction to Fly Tying (Spiral-bound)
Ted Leeson and Jim Schollmeyer

One Amazon reviewer says...

This is a great book, for beginners to experienced fly tiers. It merges an impressive series of fly recipes with clear step-by-step tying instructions. Furthermore, the horizontal cut on pages is a brilliant idea to have detailed instructions on tying steps while keeping an eye on the recipe whole picture.


Barr Flies: How to Tie and Fish the Copper John, the Barr Emerger, and Dozens of Other Patterns, Variations, and Rigs
John S. Barr and Charlie Craven

I use the Copper John a lot. This is the best place to learn how to tie and fish the Barr flies.

Barr Flies, John Barr shares his confidence patterns, the flies that he carries with him at all times to cover nearly every scenario an angler might encounter on the water. When used at an appropriate time with a good presentation, they are guaranteed to catch fish. Barr tells how he developed each fly, gives tips on when and how to fish them, and explains how he fishes multiple-fly rigs with the Copper John as the center of a 3-fly system that optimizes fish-catching potential. John Barr is the most successful designer of commercially distributed flies in the world. His Barr Emerger is an unrivaled pattern for western mayfly situations, and the Copper John has evolved into the most popular fly of the millennium.