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Fly Fishing Clinic

The Elements of Fly Tying
by Tom Sutcliffe
Curtis & Boultonís
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  • The Tools of the Trade
  • The Guidelines for Proportion and Balance
  • How to Tie an All-Purpose Mayfly Nymph
  • Tie an All-Purpose Dry Fly
  • Tie a Traditional Wet Fly
  • Tie an All-Purpose Streamer

All this and so much more...

By Tom Sutcliffe

Clear and easy to follow, The Elements of Fly Tying by Tom Sutcliffe, author, artist, flyfisherman and fly tyer supreme will show you all the techniques and tips you need to tie a wde selection of proven, fish catching flies.

"Tom Sutcliffe is a legend among South African flyfisherman and fly tyers, and his books hae enriched the lives of all South African fly fishers. His latest book The Elelements of Fly Tying is sure to become a classic and will take the novice tyer through all the steps required to become highly competent. Fly tyers countrywide will surely welcome this book." - Dean Riphagen

"It is fitting that Tom Sutcliffe, mentor and role model of fly fishers in South Africa has created this much anticipated beginners' manual. The Elements of Fly Tying will undoubtedly add value to our growing number of fly tying enthusiasts." - Fred Steynberg

"Tom's books are easy to follow, always informative and guaranteed to teach many invaluable tips and techniques. The Elements of Fly Tying sets a new benchmark in South African fly tying literature. Both novice and seasoned tyer will benefit greatly and gain many hours of pleasure from reading and studying this book." - Mark Yelland

Tom Sutcliffe is past chairman of the Federation of South African Fly Fishers and president of the Natal Fly Dressers Society. He is originator of iconic South African flies, the DDD and the Zak Nymph.

ISBN 978-0-9584950-5-9

Sneak preview

Choose from Chapter 1, or Chapter 5 below for a small taste of what youíll get from The Elements of Fly Tying.

1 Welcome to Fly Tying
2 Tools of the Trade
3 Guidelines for Proportion and Balance
4 Thread Control
5 Tying an All-Purpose Mayfly Nymph
6 Tying an All-Purpose Dry Fly
7 Tying a Traditional Wet Fly
8 Tying an All-Purpose Streamer
9 Tying a Bead-Head Woolly Bugger
10 Tan Ant
11 Goddard Caddis
12 DDD
13 Elk Hair Caddis
14 Pheasant Tail Nymph (PTN)
15 Gold-Ribbed Hareís Ear
16 Zak
17 Klinkhamer Emerger
18 Royal Wulff
19 Cream Spinner
20 Suspender Midge
21 Bloodworm
22 Brassie
23 Czech Nymph
24 Soft Hackle
25 Cream Air Head
26 Red-Eyed Damsel
27 Neutral-Density Dragonfly Nymph
28 Leftyís Deceiver
29 Crazy Charlie
30 Wrapping Up


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