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February 19th, 2007

Steelhead Flies
By John Shewey

Reviewed by James Castwell

Book cover

John Shewey has put together a fine book on steelhead flies. Some folks might say that Steelhead flies represent the highest echelon of artistic fly-dressing. It is probably true that they enjoy a rich tradition as both a functionally designed lure for tempting the much-revered steelhead, but also as a creative expression of the aesthetic appeal of fly angling.

Author John Shewey John Shewey, who is also the author of Spey Flies & Dee Flies, has produced another well-written and rather well researched book, rich in technique, method, and some innovation too. Through rather concise text and sharp color photographs, including excellent 'step by steps' series and many individual fly plates, he covers: materials for steelhead flies; basic tying techniques; hairwing and featherwing flies; Spey and Dee styles; Practitioners, shrimp and prawn patterns; dry flies and much more. This book is real value for all steelhead fly-tiers.

One of the step-by-step flies is the Knudson White Streamer, shown HERE. ~ JC

Steelhead Flies
By John Shewey
ISBN 1-57188-400-9
Hardbound Spiral $49.95
Copyright 2006
Frank Amato Publications, Inc.

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