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Every once in a while books come along that are not only enjoyable but truly important (even critical) to their related field. Classic Steelhead Flies is this book for truly passionate steelhead fly fishers. The book is a VERY rare combination of exquisite photography, passionate writing and unbelievably thorough research. Once again John rolled up his sleeves and took the time to dig deep in topic. For someone who has dozens and dozens of books on this topic it was incredible to see names and stories I had zero familiarity with prior to this writing. This book goes to the true roots of the sport and enshrines the true legends and pioneers of the sport. Names like Bradner, Benn, McLeod, Pray, Johnson and McNeese and so many more remind us what started this romantic pursuit and make so many of us pine for days of old. Finally these names are stories are captured and available to the future of the sport. Trey Comb's forward is a passionate tip o' the hat to John and his writing that few others, maybe no others, could ever hope to deserve. The photography is wonderful in and of itself. This level of beauty, detail and photo quality is not something you are never going to find on a web forum, instagram or facebook post... Each photo is literally frame worthy and the detail you can see makes it an incredible reference at the bench. Due to the rare combination of the exceptional quality in writing and the detail in reference to patterns and materials the book is currently migrating between my bedside and benchside on a daily basis. Research and citing are unbelievable. I literally spent a few hours just reading and rereading the Notes and jotting down books in the Bibliography that I must now procure. The book is deserving of a place in any true steelheaders library It will stand deservedly beside the writings of Combs, Haig-Brown and John's previous works- for all time. An exceptional book and truly a first of its kind...
As with all of John's other books, this one is well written, well edited, meticulously researched and supported by beautiful photography. The past 4-5 years, I've only fished with (150 year old) Lady Carolines, despite owning a few boxes full of Klamath and Trinity standards. Now I've got many oldie-but-goodie patterns to tye as I regain contact with my Steelheading roots, and several individuals to add as my fishing regulars.
Ordering was quick & easy and delivery was earlier than predicted. Thanks again, Amazon...
A great accompaniment to a couple of other books, "Forgotten Flies", "Flies of the Northwest" and "The Best One Thousand Flies". The bonus was the tying tips and the instructions included at the end for a couple of example flies. Beautiful photography.
The fantastic photography alone is worth the price of the book for fly tiers with any interest in traditional steelhead flies. The accompanying text gives some information on the origins of each fly. The book contains recipes for each fly but no detailed tying instructions.
Beautiful book with gorgeous photography. If you are interested in the history and origins of classic Steelhead flies along with concise tying instructions for a multitude of these flies, this is the book for you.
This is another great book that the author has put out (John Shewey). A masterpiece of all the classic flies, and their origins. Hard to put down, as the displays in this book just jump out at you. All the correct tying for dressing for Steelhead flies.
I was very impressed when I received this book. A great historical look at steelhead flies. I am not sure of another book that has the history that this does. It has nice large photos of the flies and also some tying tips and steps. I would highly recommend this book to any steelhead fly tyer. Another great book by John Shewey.
Truly a classic, this latest from John Shewey is packed with great photography, historical information and John's clear concise tying techniques. With an introduction by Trey Combs, it is a must have for the steelhead fly tyer.