Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying

You'll get a solid introduction with this fly tying manual for beginners.


A modern course in fly tying fundamentals for beginners, covering the tools, materials, and techniques to tie a popular flies and their variations. 100s of helpful photos.

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Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 5 reviews


5 of 5 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Charlie Craven's Basic Fly Tying book - 5/14/2015
    By: from Sussex

    Having just received the book it is very easy to follow, with a good introduction and advice on tying for a beginner. I'm right handed by going to try tying left handed as recomended.

  • 5/5

    Basic Fly Tying book - 5/25/2014

    I am enjoying going through this book. He lays out some of the techniques to be used first to prepare the reader/tier. I would highly recommend his suggestion to make a number of EACH fly he presents as it helps to get better until your tying is consistent.

  • 5/5

    Highly Recommended - 4/7/2012
    By: from Germany
    Top 25 Contributor

    All what the other rviewer said is true. Even the more experienced tyer will benefit a lot from this book. Maybe the best general fly tying book of today, but not basic!

  • 5/5

    The single best introduction to fly tying! - 12/13/2011

    This amazing book uses a stepwise progression of flies, from simple to complex, depicted in easy to understand steps with great pictures. The explanations of materials and tools are clear and thorough. The choice of flies is brilliant. Learning to tie them in the order Craven lays out builds a complete set of basic skills. Before you know it, if you practice, you can tie just about any fly you wish to use. I read this book, tied flies (that caught fish) from the instructions in the book and then confidently tackled completely different flies. If I see a fly recipe in a magazine or on a website, I can tie it! The thread control and basic skills which naturally result from using this book allowed me to surprise myself. Now I am running out of fly boxes...

  • 5/5


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