Twenty Salmon Flies



Tying Techniques for Mastering the Classic Patterns from the Simplest to the Most Complex

Michael D. Radencich

$69.95, HC with DVD, 220 pages, 822 color photos, 24 b/w illustrations, 81/2 x 11, 978-0-8117-0523-3, Available January Contact Mike directly for a personalized, autographed copy.

Twenty Classic Salmon Flies features in depth and detail the full range of classic salmon fly patterns from the simplest to the most complex. The twenty patterns together build on styles, types, materials, elements, and techniques. Learn to tie these twenty and you’ll master the craft and the art of classic salmon fly tying.

Each chapter successively presents patterns that are more and more complex. Chapter one introduces very simple Spey and Dee styles, strip wings with a few elements. Move on to simple upright wing flies, working with full feathers and married wing styles. A chapter focuses on flies with multiple body divisions and another is devoted to Traherne’s exquisite (and challenging) Victorian classics. Once you’ve mastered these 20, you’ll be able to tie any classic salmon pattern.

Michael Radencich covers the classic patterns developed and fished throughout the nineteenth century and new patterns, modern variations developed in the last two decades. To further reinforce skills, Radencich has produced a two-hour DVD, and an appendix of 100 patterns culled from his collection of sources. Whether you’re a beginning classic salmon fly tier or more experienced with the classics, you’ll find Radencich’s newest book and DVD an inspiring and challenging reference.

Michael D. Radencich has been tying classic salmon flies for twenty years. He is author of Classic Salmon Fly Materials (978-0-8117-0197-6) and Tying the Classic Salmon Fly ( 0-8117-0331-2). He currently produces websites and develops interactive DVDs. He lives in Weatherby, Missouri.

As indicated above there is a DVD included with the book. Here are descriptions of each video segment:

1. Mallard Wings – How to build mallard wings as shown in Chapter 1 of the book. This segment shows how to prepare and mount mallard wings on a typical Spey type fly.
Chapter 1, Fly 1

2. The Mohair Body – This segment shows how to work with mohair for a typical mohair body.
Chapter 1, Fly 2

3. Throat Hackles – Tried and true techniques for successfully preparing and tying throat hackles consistently.
Chapter 1, Fly 2

4. Flat Tinsel Tags – This segment demonstrates how to wrap a tag using flat tinsel.
Chapter 2, Fly 1

5. Body Silk – Here is a demonstration of how to transition from one body silk color to another smoothly.
Chapter 2, Fly 1

6. The Mallard Roof – There are two methods of tying a mallard roof on top of a wing, both of which are demonstrated in this segment.
Chapter 2, Fly 1

7. Working with Herl – This segment shows how to work with ostrich and Peacock herl.
Chapter 2, Fly 2 and Chapter 5, Fly 1

8. Spinning Fur – A demonstration of how to spin fur for bodies or collars.
Chapter 2, Fly 2 and Chapter 4, Fly 2

9. Toppings – This segment shows how to select and prepare a wing topping.
Chapter 2, Fly 2

10. Feather Wings – Preparing feathers for a typical full-feather wing is demonstrated in this segment.
Chapter 3, Fly 1

11. Jungle Cock Underwing – Tying an underwing using jungle cock feathers is demonstrated here.
Chapter 3, Fly 2

12. Body Hackles – This segment shows how to fold a body hackle prior to tying it onto a fly.
Chapter 4, Fly 1

13. Building a Wing – Selecting and marrying strips together for building a married wing is demonstrated in this segment.
Chapter 4, Fly 2

14. Wool Butts – This segment demonstrates techniques used in preparing and tying wool for a wool butt.
Chapter 4, Fly 2

15. Tinsel Body – An important technique for preparing tinsel for wrapping a tinsel body is demonstrated in this segment.
Chapter 5, Fly 2

16. Folding a Hackle – This segment shows how to fold a hackle while wrapping it around a body instead of pre-folding it beforehand.
Chapter 6, Fly 2

17. Tail Veilings – A typical tail veiling made of goose and Wood Duck is demonstrated in this segment.
Chapter 7, Fly 1

18. Complex Tag – Tying the complex tag used on the first fly in Chapter 10 of the book is demonstrated here.
Chapter 10, Fly 1


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