Books for Flyfishers

New Digital Publication

Fly Patterns of Canada


Based on the sold-out print title, A Compendium of Canadian Fly Patterns by R.H. Jones & P.C. Marriner, Fly Patterns of Canada presents more than 1,600 fly patterns illustrated in full colour, patterns that are part of the Canadian mosaic. The recipes for several hundred more (typically variations) are found in an Appendix. Formatted as an interactive pdf, reflowable ePub or mobi file for Kindles or Kindle apps, they have a variety of interactive features. For tablet and larger screens  the pdf is the best choice. For phones the mobi file and a Kindle app offer the best performance.  Changes to the content focused on corrections and improved navigation.

Here's what Jack Berryman, writing in Salmon-Trout-Steelheader, had to say about the print publication:

"... patterns designed specifically for Canadian waters. Each fly is presented with a color photograph and recipe, along with the originator and/or tier's name. Flies are arranged in eight specific chapters that focus on: Atlantic salmon wet flies; Atlantic salmon dry flies; steelhead wet flies; steelhead dry flies; other anadromous species; saltwater flies; trout flies; and, other freshwater species. For flies that require special tying techniques, additional instructions are provided in a long appendix. The authors present the work of over three hundred tiers, provide an extensive bibliography of sources, and an index. A highlight is the collection of photographs of Canadian fly tiers from Noel Money, Tommy Brayshaw, and Roderick Haig-Brown to Jack Shaw, Paul Bean, and Maurice How. The chapter on trout flies is particularly extensive, with subsections devoted to chironomids, caddisflies, mayflies, stoneflies, baitfish, other food forms, and attractor patterns. Overall, this is a magnificent collection."

Cover image of How to Choose & Use Fly-tying Thread
cover image - Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies featuring a pattern by Rob Solo.

How to Choose & Use Fly-tying Thread was prepared for UNI Products by Paul C Marriner and Gale's End Press. This 53-page digital booklet is available in three formats: a PDF file optimized for tablet or larger screens, a .mobi file for Kindles and Kindle apps and an ePub version for phones or eReaders. It aims to help beginning fly-tiers understand the types and sizes of fly-tying threads and how they can best be used to tie today's incredible variety of fly patterns. It is also a valuable teaching aid. More advanced tiers may find new insights into thread manipulation techniques and the sizing distortions present in today's marketplace. Some of the topics covered in the booklet are: 1) thread materials, construction, and sizes; 2) basic thread operations such as tying-in and tying-off; 3) dubbing techniques; and 4) spinning hair. All techniques are fully illustrated with color photographs, more than 90 in all. UNI Products offers threads to tie everything from a 1/8" long caenis mayfly for trout to a 12" Sea Habit Bucktail for marlin.

Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies, Digital  Edition, (print edition is sold out) has 477  pages optimized for tablets and phones as well as laptop and desktop computers. A version for Kindle or Kindle apps is available from Amazon. With only a very few exceptions each pattern has its own page with a large, quality, image. Like the second print edition it features 417 fully-described patterns, with colour photos and recipes for about 40 more; an increase of almost 25% over the first edition. Text-only descriptions are typically variations of patterns with an image. Two new patterns have been added and one that appeared in the first two print editions deleted. Recipes and images of many salmon flies can be found on the web, but few are shown as tied by the originator; more than 75% of the patterns in Modern Atlantic Salmon Flies are.

Cover image of Atlantic Salmon: A Fly Fishing Reference. A Donald Pentz painting of an angler fishing a salmon pool on the Margaree River.
cover image for the eBook; Fly Fishing in Lakes and Ponds; angler in pontoon boat with large rainbow trout

The print edition of Atlantic Salmon: A Fly Fishing Reference appeared in 2006 and quickly sold out. A revised and updated edition is now available here as a PDF and from Amazon for Kindle or Kindle apps.

Atlantic salmon angling is intimidating to some, challenging for most, and second-nature to a few. To help the first two groups, and entertain (perhaps intrigue) the last, Paul Marriner has distilled more than fifty years of experiences on some 150 publicly-accessible salmon rivers into Atlantic Salmon: A Fly Fishing Reference. Its 234 pages are richly illustrated with more than 300 images and illustrations. This new digital edition includes links to numerous useful sites.

Fly Fishing in Lakes and Ponds is an updated and revised edition of Stillwater Fly Fishing: Tools & Tactics  in a variety of eBook formats. It features fly fishing equipment, techniques and fly patterns to catch a variety of fish species in lakes and ponds. Richly illustrated with more than 180 photos (colour) and illustrations. Includes links to a variety of useful sites as well as scientific studies of trout diets and a bibliography of selected references. More than 55 effective fly patterns are described or linked to, 43 with large images.

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Cover of Stillwater Fly Fishing: Tools & Tactics. Image of Tasmanian angler fighting a brown trout.
cover image - How to Choose & Use Fly Tying Thread




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