"Must-Read:"Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies

Yesterday Morgan Lyle called Mike Valla’s new book Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies (Headwater Books, August 2009, 534 color photos, 252 pages) a must-read for those who love fly fishing and fly tying. As Lyle says, “Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies is above all a fly-tying book, and tiers will love learning the details of how the masters plied their craft. Precisely what vises they used, what surgical instruments they used as hackle pliers, what color thread they used (you might be surprised), what they discovered when they dissected Rube Cross’s flies – this stuff is priceless.”
Buy Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies on MidCurrent.

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  • Niklas Dahlin

    This book is about my strongest obsession in flytying, the Catskill dry flies. Mike tell gives us the background of true genuine Catskill traditions, patterns, flies, techniques aswell as the people behind them. Thank´s Mike for writing this piece I will cherish it and read it many times.

  • james keech

    This book is better than the reviewers say it is, and everyone has praised it as a superb book. It has a remarkable array of illustrations, fascinating images of old photos,illustrations of historical flytying materials invoices, and remarkably beautiful pictures of the dry flies discussed. It is a rare combination of Catskill fishing history, personal reflections of the author, and instructions on tying the flies featured. You can look at it, read it, study it–it is simply always fascinating. To me, it is by far the best book on the Catskill mystique of fly fishing and legendary fly tyers.