Essential Fly Patterns for Lakes and Streams
Tips for Tying Your Own Flies
In Essential Fly Patterns for Lakes and Streams Brian Smith cuts to the chase, offering the reader and fly tier over eighty flies with recipes and instructions for each. In his third book, Smith shares the results of his more than fifty years of experimentation and research developing and refining fly patterns that are proven fish-catchers. Some of the patterns are world standards, but many have been tweaked and altered by Smith through his observations and studies of insects, including where they live in lakes and streams and what triggers are responsible to entice fish to “eat the fly.” The book provides details for tying the most important insect imitations in their various stages of lifeforms and is full of Smith’s important tips about their pattern developments.
The fly-tying tips in Essential Fly Patterns for Lakes and Streams have been perfected over Smith’s countless hours of fun at the vise and are uniquely designed to simplify the process of tying replica fly patterns that are consistent in appearance, size, shape and attitude.
“Brian Smith is a skilled practitioner of the fly-tying craft; when you combine that skill with his many decades of fly-fishing expertise on British Columbia’s lakes and streams, the result is a book full of useful information for beginner and expert fly fisher alike.”
—Art Lingren, author of Fly Patterns of British Columbia: The Roderick Haig-Brown Centenary Edition
“As a British Columbia biologist, when I fish I am most interested in the native fish species of our province, and fly fishing allows me to get closer to them and really learn. Fill a fly box with some of Brian’s essential fly patterns as I have done, paying attention to his recommendations for colours and sizes, and you’ll receive a lesson in the feeding ecology of these magnificent fish that you’ll appreciate regardless of your level of experience.”
—John Hagen, fisheries biologist
“If fly tying is a big part of your fly-fishing, then you need to read this book. In his third book, Brian Smith shares his many years of experience on the water and at the vise.”
—Dr. Danie Erasmus, fly-fishing writer and founder of www.princegeorgeflyfisher.com