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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-01-2010, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Steelhead Flies by John Shewey

I love this book. The title to the book could have been "How to Tie Presentation Quality Flies." The beauty of this book is not in the discovery of a new killer pattern (though there are several in this book). In this book John Shewey is really giving up all his secrets for tying such beautiful flies. Because of this book, I have learned to tie better looking, more durable flies. I have also tied my favorite flies with new style. For example, he shows how to create a body material from fine wire and ostrich or peacock herl, a la Alex Jackson. I have jazzed up some of my standard patterns with this new (to me) body material. Also, my hair wings now stand prouder with a smaller head at the finish of the fly. I could go on and on about how I am a better fly tier for having read this book.

The book is filled with color pictures that show step by step methods of construction. I also like the fact that the book is spiral bound, so it will lay flat as a reference while tying.

Well, I am off to the tying bench...

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Agreed; this book is a great resource. Plenty of great step-by-step photographs and explanations, as well as a great deal of information on the materials, themselves. The photos of the finished patterns are particularly inspiring. I also own Bob Veverka's book on the same subject; also a very good resource.
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Agreed, an excellent fly tying book by any standard. So many books are simply re-hashing patterns. This book is informative. If you don't have one, get a copy, it's worth the money!
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I simply wouldn't be the tyer i am today without Johns book!!!
Two books in my career have made the difference,, the first was Poul Jorgensen Salmon Flies and the second was Sheweys,,, which really is my "bible".
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My copy just arrived.

This is an extreemly good book.
One that everyone who ties steelhead fly should definatly own!

Use any fly as long as its purple!
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I agree with Alchemist's statement. This is, in my opinion, simply the finest book on fly tying I have ever seen! It is beautiful, but the most beautiful thing about it is John's sharing of his "secrets."

People often ask why I fish, and after 70 years, I am beginning to understand. I fish because of Beauty. Everything about our sport is beautiful. Its pristine rivers...rods...reels...nets...creels...flies...fu rs...feathers. Our sport is awash in such things. ---Ernie Schwiebert
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"Coffee Table Books."

No 'slam' intended, but these types of books (Simons, Oh so many!!) are a 'I want a read' type material. You can pick one up, turn to any page ... and learn something.**

And that's a very good thing!

** One of my all time favorites is a book called "Terms, Tables, ad Skills for the Physical Sciences" copyrighted in 1966. Amazing what I've looked up (including for a guy in the UK a couple of days ago whose building a water flow box for 'baby trout') over the years. Though some of the yellow highlighter does make me wonder what my original question was about .....

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ANY of the books John Shewey has written are a huge contibution to the type of angling they address... He is a madman and is well versed in High country angling, Spring Creeks, and Steelhead. I have never met him, but Damn.... All 3 of those facets of angling (high country angling, spring creek fishing and steehead) have all been the #1 fishing focus in my life at one point and John's books are spot on!!
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