This book is the definitive work for trout fishermen who tie flies, a step-by-step reference for tying over 500 patterns that will take trout everywhere, in all conditions.
Dave Hughes is an accomplished fly tier and student of entomology, but he is a fly fishermen first, and one with a gift: the ability to organize and explain in clear, readable language what can be a bewilderingly complex subject. It follows that his master work is aimed at fishermen who want their fly tying to support their fishing, and not the other way around.
"That the trout flies in this book are tied to catch trout, not to place on display for awed trout fishermen, sets our thinking off in a certain set of directions. We're after beauty in the eye of the trout, not in the eye of the collector. Form follows function. The most beautiful flie is the one that catches trout, and not the visually most appealing. Our goal is a a fly that looks alive in the water, not while clamped to the fly tying vise. Your fly tying should be directed by what you learn while you are out fishing."