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Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Scotland, BC, Norway, Russia - anywhere with fish!
of hooks, antique & modern, & their makers
anyone even remotely interested in tying classic flies will do well to obtain a copy of this book by Paul Rossman: Salmon Fly Hooks - Antique Hooks and Contemporary Hook Makers (Pine Meadow Publishing, 2014).
Superb illustrations make up the bulk of this A4+ sized slim softback, and together with a history of hooks, needles and hook making, it also provides a full description of making silkworm gut; due respect is given to the hookmakers of the vintage era, and features full-plate photos of actual hooks with an opposing plate of the details of the named & sized hooks.
There is a smattering of pictures of some classic tied flies.
The second half of the book is concerned with many of the modern hook makers and re-shapers, their output pictorially provided, and each gives a statement some of which may give superb gems of information.
This book is not a 'how to make hooks' publication.
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