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.
January 11th, 1999
Long Feathers - Long Flies
By Ken Thayer
Ken Thayer, P.O. Box 9461, Niskayuna, New York 12309
We first met Ken Thayer when
he signed in on our Guestbook.
Subsequent emails revealed an intesting story. Ken was
a non-fisherman who got into tying on a fluke. You can
read the whole story yourself on
Ken ties one kind of fly - streamers.
Some are flies designed by others, some of his own
design. But all streamers for a particular use - fishing
I was delighted when a copy of his
self-published book arrived. It really is nicely done, the
24 pages are printed on very heavy paper, and it is spiral bound,
so it will lie flat on a tying bench.
The idea of a book of patterns
for a specific region seems to me very smart. Especially
if the book is in color and reasonably priced. This one
In all there are 70 patterns with
recipes. Most are straightforward, so tying instructions
really aren't needed.
These flies have some
interesting variatons in materials, as well as how they
go about imitating the bait they represent. Different
uses of feathers in combination with other materials
that should make the fish take notice. I found Ken's
Each book is signed and
numbered and the edition is limited to 200. It
sells for $10 per Copy + $3 S/H Per Copy (Continental U.S.),
and is available from Ken's website or by mail.
I have seen some other regional
specific books, but most are expensive and not all that
well done. This is a neat way to get the information in the
hands of the fly fisher! Nice going Ken! ~ DB
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