Individual taste in books varies as much as the favorite rod or fly.  With that in mind, we hope to review books and videos from the ever-growing fly fishing world, and share them with you.  Books will be the best of all worlds, new and old.  Many of the old books are now available in reprint, and the wisdom contained is timely today.  Others can be found in second-hand book stores, or by mail order dealers. As we find videos we feel are outstanding they will be included. Be assured, reviews are based on what we have actually read, and due to that fact, may not appear weekly.

June 21st, 1999

A Perfect Fish
Illusion in Fly Tying
By Ken Abrames
Frank Amato Publications, Inc.
P.O. Box 82112, Portland Oregon 97282 Phone: 503-653-8108,
email Frank Amato Publications

If you tie flys - get this book!

Regardless of how many other fine books on tying you may have, nothing will come close to A Perfect Fish. What a rare treat it is.

Full of little surprises, it is delightful, entertaining - and very serious about tying flies. Visually A Perfect Fish is also constantly varied. Fine paintings in a variety of mediums, by the author, are a joy. A major surprise, is the inclusion of fine poetry, (some of which can be found is this week's Poet's Creek.

Even more than the R.L.S. Method of creating the Illusion of Life in Fresh and Salwater flies, author Ken Abrames shares his soul with the reader. Why are flys designed in such a way? Why do they work? What part does "traditional" tying play in today's creation of flies? Heady stuff! An excerpt of "What is Fly Tying?" also appears in Old Flies. Check that one out.

"It is not how far you can cast that is the measure of your ability as a fisherman, it is how well you fish the cast you make." That is from the chapter, A Stick and a String (A primer of Non-spinning Traditional Fly Fishing Presentation.) Rather an unusual concept, but here is how to fish those precious flies! The author illustrates and explains how to preform many salt water presentations. This is terrific stuff! Now, for a disclaimer, the book in most part is directed at fishing stripers. Living on the West coast, we don't have the opportunity to fish stripers - BUT the vision of how to see and tie flies, as well as read the water and fish it works anywhere!

Oh, one more little thing, there are a couple of chapters on specific bait, Shrimp,and Squid. And how to tie the flies that give the illusion of being shrimp or squid.

Put it all together, the flies, the insight, the visuals and A Perfect Fish adds up to the most delightful, informative book of the year. Don't miss it! ~ DLB

A Perfect Fish is softbound, 110 pages. The price is $29.95 (U.S.), ISBN: 1-57188-138-7.

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