April 22nd, 2002|
Three Fly Pattern Books
Fly Patterns of the Umpqua Feather Merchants: The World's 1,500 Best Flies
Some color variations are presented, but not to excess. Jim Schollmeyer's photographs are, as usual, excellent. Like Fly Patterns, each chapter has a preface written by a noted fly tier or fisher. The patterns are a nice mix of standard fare and newer designs.
Trout Flies of the West: Best Contemporary Patterns from the Rockies, West
By Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Leeson
Paperback - 128 pages (January 1999)
Dimensions (in inches): 0.43 x 10.98 x 8.54
Frank Amato Publications
I have at least 20 pattern books. Each has its own merits (and flaws), and each presents a few patterns not seen anywhere else. There's a lot of repetition, too, as most books try to be somewhat comprehensive in their coverage. So, 20 pattern books yield 20 elk hair caddis, 20 royal Wulff, and so forth. Jim Schollmeyer and Ted Leeson took a different approach when they put together a series of pattern books. Trout Flies of the West, subtitled 'Best Contemporary Patterns from the Rockies, West' was the first in a series which also includes Trout Flies of the East and Inshore Flies. For this series, they asked fly shops in each region to provide innovative or specialized local patterns. The resulting books are full of creative patterns and new ideas. Each fly pattern is listed along with the submitter, originator, and tier. Many of the patterns include tying and fishing notes, and a number a photographed from multiple angles or in multiple variations. Unsurprisingly, book features Shollmeyer's outstanding photography.
I can't help but share a favorite pattern from each book. From Trout Flies of the West, I really like the Baetis Soft developed by John Smeraglio of the Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop in Maupin, OR. No wonder, as this fly was developed for my home waters. In Frontier Flies, Troy does the middle-aged fly fisher a great service with his 'twilight' flies, patterns which feature high-visibility parachute posts or highlights. Randall Kaufmann's Signal Light Spey, a spey adaptation of his own hair wing pattern, became the basis for a low water variation of my own. ~ Stu Farnham
About StuStu Farnham is a New Englander by birth, who was transplanted to and put down roots in Oregon in the early 1990s. A software engineering manager by vocation, he can be found in his spare time chasing trout and steelhead in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest, chasing his four Gordon Setters (who in turn are chasing chukar), tying flies, reading, or working on his website. Colleen, his long suffering wife of 28 years, is a professionally trained personal chef.
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