Flyfishing can turn the straightest of paths into a meandering expedition through a lot of seemingly endless possibilities, often resulting in the beginner being bedazzled. But thankfully, Frank O’Leary’s Art Of The Fly keeps close to the straight and narrow with his chosen tyings and selected flies that are time-proven favourites.
Frank also acknowledges a fly's creator where possible, and he explains where a particular fly has evolved into a tying style, rather than a specific pattern. This leaves opportunity for the tier to experiment as well.
Frank O'Leary is a fly angler with 10 years experience in both fresh- and saltwater. His enjoyment of fly fishing has lead to expertise that enabled him to compile this well crafted book, which outlines the tying steps for 50 popular flies (25 for saltwater, 25 for freshwater) in an easily understood but accurate manner.
The book is suited equally to novice or old hand alike, and the photographs and illustrations are top shelf. It is an impressive publication in its presentation and finish, whilst also being very informative.
The contents of the book are well set out and easily understood. The illustrations are very clear, and tying instructions are concise yet sufficiently detailed for even a beginner to understand.
This handy reference book makes fly tying an entertaining and enjoyable experience. Art Of The Fly is available through Penguin Books.Reads: 2863