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For more books like this, please visit www.SportsmansVintagePress.com This is a facsimile of the book published in 1962. If genius is a supreme capacity for taking pains, then Bill Blades is most assuredly a genius of fly tying. He also has an additional talent that is not always found among “geniuses”: he can write and illustrate in clear and easily assimilated terms, imparting to others the secrets of his skills and knowledge. In Fishing Flies and Fly Tying he has put between the covers of an unusually interesting book the words and drawings of a master perfectionist whose interest in fishing began during his boyhood in England. With characteristic understatement Bill Blades refers to his many years of fly tying experience as a hobby, but the readers of his book will soon recognize that here is the delineation of a true art, set forth to instruct the beginner and give new ideas to the expert. There is a two-fold purpose in writing this book: to give the beginner the basic, sound information he needs about tools, materials, and methods and to provide the accomplished fly tyer, as well as the beginner, an encyclopedic reference of how-to information that will save many hours in pursuit of this unique art. Approximately 935 flies have been photographed and 210 pen drawings, painstakingly researched, are produced with the authenticity of an expert.
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