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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-03-2007, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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What is the best book that discusses spey fly tying?

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What is the best book that discusses spey fly tying?
"best" is a pretty subjective word. That being said, here are two books I like.


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John Sheweys book "Spey flies and Dee flies"is VERY good. His new book " Steelhead Flies" has a section on spey flies but much of which is also covered in spey and dee flies. Bob Veverkas book " Spey Flies" is also very good. If you are serious I think both books are essential to a spey tier but if you have to choose one I think Sheweys book has more step by step instructions as far as tieing instruction and tips. He shows differing ways of such things as settings wings, tieing and wrapping hackle, ribbing and counter ribbing,etc. And theres alot about Dee flies in there to. Hope this helps. Kevin
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I have to agree with those choices Mike.

Both excellent books on the subject. Well laid out and photographed with easy to follow instruction.


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I echo those suggestions. One I might add if you needed another resource is H. Kent Helvie's Steelhead Flytying Guide. It is not strictly spey style flies but also has some great samples of other styles including wets and dries.


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Ater having tied thousands of dozens of spey and dee flies, I think a person should have both the Shewey and the Veverka books because each one covers some things the other doesn't. Therefore, when combined, they form the most complete set of tying instructions (and material substitutions) for spey and dee flies you can have. Helvie's book has a short section on tying spey flies, as does Deke Meyer's ADVANCED FLY FISHING FOR STEELHEAD.

If limited to one or the other to start learning how to tie them (or improve your technique tying them), literally take your pick, they both do the job very well.
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Gerald g Bratsch Tying Spey Flies


As said, 'best' is a subjective word and I have both the Spey flies book mentioned and find them excellent, however, when it comes to a instructional DVD of how to tie Spey flies I have found "Tying Spey Flies" by Gerald G Bratsch to be one of the best.

It's like having a personal class in Spey fly tying.
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