Fly Tying


This is not intended to be a comprehensive bibliography of fly tying. It is much simpler than that: a record of my favourite volumes that I refer to on this blog.

Grouped by chronological order of the date of publication of the 1st edition or constituent works where the volume is a collection of works.

19th Century

  1. Bainbridge, George Cole. The Flyfisher’s Guide. Bovey Tracey, Devon: Fly Fisher’s Classic Library, 1992.
    • First published in 1816.
  2. Blacker, William. Blacker’s Art of Fly Fishing. Bovey Tracey, Devon: Fly Fisher’s Classic Library, 1994.
    • First published privately by the author in 1842, this 1994 edition is a facsimile of the expanded 1855 edition.
  3. Hodgson, William Earl. Trout Fishing. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1904.

20th Century

  1. Best, A.K. Production Fly Tying. 2nd ed. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing Company, 2003.
    • First published in 1989.
  2. Church, Bob. Bob Church’s Guide to Trout Flies. Ramsbury, Marlborough: Crowood Press, 1987.
  3. Courtney-Williams, Alfred. A Dictionary of Trout Flies and of Flies for Sea-Trout and Grayling. 5th ed. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1973.
    • First published in 1949, the later editions have a section on modern flies by T. Donald Overfield.
  4. Edwards, Oliver. Flytyer’s Masterclass. Machynlleth, Wales: Fly Fisher’s Classic Library, 2009.
    • First published in 1994.
  5. Headley, Stan. Trout and Salmon Flies of Scotland. Ludlow: Merlin Unwin, 1997.
  6. Hodgson, William Earl. Trout Fishing. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1904.
  7. Hughes, Dave. Trout Flies: The Tier’s Reference. Mechanichsburgh, PA: Stackpole Books, 1999.
  8. Lawrie, William H. Scottish Trout Flies: An Analysis and Compendium. London: Frederick Muller Ltd., 1966.
  9. Lawrie, William H. English and Welsh Trout Flies: Essays and Analysis. London: Frederick Muller Ltd., 1967.
  10. Leonard, J. Edson. 1950. Flies. New York: A. S. Barnes and Company.
  11. Leeson, Ted, and Jim Schollmeyer. The Fly Tier’s Benchside Reference to Techniques and Dressing Styles. Portland, OR: Frank Amato Publications, 1998.
  12. Martin, Darrel. Micropatterns: Tying and Fishing the Small Fly. Shrewsbury: Swann Hill Press, 1994.
  13. Pequegnot, Jean-Paul. French Fishing Flies. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2012.
    • Originally published in 1984 in French, translated into English by Robert A. Chino.
  14. Reid, John. Clyde Style Flies. Newton Abbot, Devon: David and Charles, 1971.
  15. Sawada, Kenchiro. Wet Flies. Tokyo: Ken Sawada, 1995.
  16. Stewart, Tom. 200 Popular Flies. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1979.
    • First published as Tom Stewarts four book set of 50 popular flies that were published between 1962 and 1973.
  17. Veniard, John. Fly Dresser’s Guide. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1952.
  18. Veniard, John. Reservoir and Lake Flies. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1970.
  19. Woolley, Roger. Modern Trout Fly Dressing. London: The Fishing Gazette, 1932.
    • A reprint in book form of a series of articles which appeared in the Fishing Gazette during 1930-31.

21st Century

  1. Barron, George. At the End of the Line. Talybont, Ceredigion: Private published by the author, 2016.
  2. Engle, Ed. Tying Small Flies. Mechanicsburgh, PA: Stackpole Books, 2004.
  3. Evans, Emrys. Plu Stiniog, Trout Flies for North Wales. Machynlleth, Wales: Coch-y-Bonddu Books, 2010.
  4. Gierach, John. Good Flies: Favourite Trout Patterns and How They Got That Way. New York: Lyons Press, 2000.
  5. Goddard, John. The Trout Fly Patterns of John Goddard. Ludlow: Merlin Unwin, 2004.
  6. Herd, Andrew. The History of Fly Fishing, Volume 2. Trout Fly Patterns 1496-1916. Ellesmere: Medlar Press, 2013.
  7. Links, Leon. Tying Flies with CDC. Ludlow: Merlin Unwin, 2002.
  8. Mercer, Mike. Creative Fly Tying. Washington: Wild River Press, 2006.
  9. Nichols, Jay. Tying Dry Flies. Mechanicsburgh, PA: Stackpole Books, 2009.
  10. Takahashi, Rick, and Jerry Hubka. Modern Midges: Tying and Fishing the World’s Most Effective Patterns. Mechanicsburgh, PA: Stackpole Books, 2009.