It’s here at last, ‘Flytying for Beginners’
Learning fly tying from a book is about to get easier than ever before!
This is a guide book for those totally new to the art of tying flies. Until now, learning flytying from a book has not only been challenging, but often the cause of great frustration, with photographs or diagrams making even the elementary techniques difficult to grasp. Step-by- step images help a reasonably proficient flytyer understand the stages in making a fly, but for the new beginner, there will always be a gap between each step-by-step image, which can be bewildering! Seeing the manual manoeuvres that take place in these blank spaces can make the difference between success and failure for a new beginner.
For this reason, I aim to take learning flytying to a whole new level via this book. I want to make the essential techniques and skills required easier to master than ever before.
The techniques you will learn in this book are the building blocks on which all successful fishing flies, even the most complex ones, are based. Follow my recommendations for tools and materials, pay special attention to fly proportions and first watch the videos of me demonstrating the relevant techniques before you start to tie each fly. Then with a little patience and a good deal of practise, you will soon be tying beautiful flies.
Each technique and pattern in this beginners’ book has a five stage tutorial.
- Guidance and instruction on all tools, materials and techniques used for each pattern.
- The very best step-by-step images to illustrate every single stage in great detail, from attaching the thread to the finished fly.
- Explanatory text for each step-by-step image that leads you through each technique and pattern.
- Unique among beginners’ books, each pattern is supported by a Quick Response (QR) code, which instantly links you to my You Tube channel and the accompanying video for each fly pattern. Here you can watch me tie that pattern. Video is an ideal medium to see any special procedure or technique at first-hand, before you start to tie using the book.
- You can also send me your questions in the comments box of each instructional video, if you are struggling, need advice or just have a query!
If you follow the instructions carefully, and use the book correctly, along with its online support, you can master techniques, proportions, uniformity and perfection in your flytying.
Flytying for beginners book Review
Barry Ord Clarke talk about his latest book Fly Tying for Beginners
Fly tying for beginners book review
Trout & Salmon review
ROD&RIFLE Reviewed by Kevin J. Whitelaw
THE AUTHOR OF THIS ENGLISH HARD-JACKETED BOOK IS AN INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED FLY-TYING EXPONENT AND FISHING MASTER whose flies are included in the collections stored at The Flyfishers’ Club in London and in the Masters Fly Collection at the Catskill Museum in the USA. Additionally, his previous book entitled The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques and a number of his other writings have been bestsellers throughout Europe and the USA.
This most recent effort is primarily aimed at the fly-tying beginner for whom it should be a real treat – nothing pertaining to the art of tying has been overlooked, and the knowledge
is delivered in a most practical and comprehensive style. The well-laid-out, informative pages, accompanied by excellent images, contain highly valued instructions for even the more experienced professional and hobbyist fly-tiers.
The sincerity of the author in sharing his passion is further enhanced by the elevation of the information to a new level, with the book being equipped with QR codes, which instantly link the reader to a YouTube channel where a clear video and audio presentation reinforces the descriptions of all the fly-tying contained within the book. Clear guidance and instruction
regarding tools and materials required and the necessary techniques are replicated and
complimentary in these excellent videos; they should be referred to in combination
with the reading of the book. Consequently, undertaking the craft of tying flies becomes a whole lot simpler with utilisation of the two media offerings; a comment box provides the
online follower with the additional option to ask questions and seek advice from the author.
The selection of hook size, shape and weight is also covered, with mention made
of the importance of tying flies in the correct proportion, keeping them lifelike and attractive to fish; in gaining experience, the enthusiast should be able to repeatedly duplicate the correct size and shape of the chosen fly. Some patterns are encouraged to be beneath the water surface while others float seemingly half drowned or upon the surface.
Up for discussion and description are 12 recognised international trout flies, which New Zealand fishers will be familiar with, and should the feather and fur requirements mentioned
remain foreign to this country, we have alternatives, which will compensate successfully.
The author’s delivery is meticulous in detail; the layout is orderly and impeccable, providing a clear format for beginners in this colourful and interesting hobby. The introductory pages provide a brief glossary of fly-tying jargon, after which, readers are advised on what tools to purchase and the techniques required to master and create fishable and attractivelooking
flies. The 12 trout flies under scrutiny are dealt with individually – each in their own short chapter. The book concludes with more useful information on the subject and a brief index.
It’s refreshing that the text accompanying the report is in easy-to-read print, which is helpful
for both reference and reader. However, the ‘standout impact’ of the book has to be the
liberal quality and quantity of helpful stunning images; there are photographs on all pages
and not a poor reproduction among them – I’ve yet to see a book with clearer visual support.
The author’s competence with a camera is proudly on display, demonstrating 27 years as a professional photographer.
Combined with Merlin Unwin’s presentation and publication, the result is a splendid DIY
book on the art of tying fishing flies. New Zealand fisher’s and anyone interested in this
fascinating pastime would be more than happy to have it on their library shelf.
What the critics have said about the last book ‘The Feather Bender’s Flytying Techniques’…
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‘For anyone who follows thefeatherbender.com Barry’s regular blog and flytying videos on YouTube, this book is an essential addition. For those who don’t know Barry’s work, this would be a great introduction to someone who I consider to be amongst the world’s best modern flytyers.’ – Flydresser magazine
‘I can’t recall another project like this crossing my desk. Highly recommended.’ – Flyfishing & Flytying magazine
‘Barry is the consummate flytyer, possibly the best that I have been fortunate to have encountered over my years of tying. His style of fly- tying is unique, and he produces what is close to, in my opinion, the perfect fly. Bound to be a true modern classic.’– Freshwater Fishing, Australia
‘When a great photographer, fly tyer and instructor writes a book, it’s likely to become a great book.’– Global Flyfisher
‘Barry’s most innovative book to date. I struggle to label this book as one for beginners or one for experts: I see it as a book for every flytyer, at every level.’ – Fly Line magazine, Italy
‘The whole thing is genius! First to be able to watch Barry tie the fly and then later, in your own time, to go through the ‘step-by-step guide’ while you tie. This book is for everyone who ties flies – from beginners to full-blown professionals.
‘Looking through this over 250-page book and thinking about the 28 videos which have been made for each of the patterns, one can only wonder about the reasonable price! I can’t call it anything less than a masterpiece. Whoever buys this book will get more than their money’s worth!’ – Flugfishe I Norden
‘In addition to the beautiful photographs, Barry has enlisted modern technology. Use your mobile phone to scan the QR code on the relevant page and up will pop a video showing Barry tying the very pattern. – Orvis USA.