Essential Fly Patterns for Lakes and Streams

Tips for Tying Your Own Flies

Brian Smith

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 insects in their various stages of life and is full of Smith’s important tips about the where and why of 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 flies that are consistent in appearance, size, shape and attitude.