The Fly-Fisher's Craft: The Art and History

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Essential reading for the curious and creative fly tyer.

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The act of deceiving a fish has beguiled mankind such that it became an art form passed down the millennia. When considering angling’s rich history, all anglers eventually wonder how we ever managed to fish without graphite rods, synthetic lines, and nylon leaders. But up until only the past few decades, we have gone a-fishing solely with a variety of painstakingly handcrafted devices constructed of natural materials: hand-wrought steel hooks, carefully selected furs and feathers, gut leaders, furled horsehair lines, and wooden loop-rods lashed together.
In The Fly-Fisher’s Craft, noted angling author Darrel Martin brings his decades of research, hundreds of color photographs, and years of experimentation to bear on the fascinating evolution of fly fishing contrivances, from the practical to the fanciful, from the dawn of written history until today. Martin shows where these technologies were first documented, why they came to be, and details how even today we can burnish our own handmade hooks, furl a horsehair leader, and fashion a functioning rod from readily available wood. He also documents the intriguing art and evolution of fly tying in particular detail, from the earliest documented methods and materials to some of today’s most modern patterns, which still inevitably draw on the pedigree of their ancient forebears. What’s more, all of these natural marvels still work today, just as they did when Izaak Walton retired to compose his classic treatise, The Compleat Angler.In The Fly-Fisher’s Craft, we discover that everything old is new again, that good ideas never die, and that the surprising sophistication and wisdom of those who came before has never been more relevant for today’s practitioners of the gentle art of fly fishing.

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Darrel Martin, a retired teacher, is the author of The Fly Fisher's Illustrated Dictionary, Micropatterns, and Fly-Tying Methods. He is a contributing editor to Fly Rod & Reel. He has fly-fished in over twenty countries, from Cape Town to Croatia, from the Amazon to Patagonia, from Mozambique to Zambia. He has also presented fly-tying and fly-casting programs in various countries and has designed various tying and trouting tools, including the Dubbing Whirl, the Anvil Signature Scissors, and hook models for Partridge and Daiichi. For several years, he has had a rod-share on the River Test in England. He lives with his wife, Sandra, in Tacoma, Washington.

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