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Sports & Recreation Fishing

Essential Fly Patterns for Lakes and Streams

Tips for Tying Your Own Flies

by (author) Brian Smith

Caitlin Press
Initial publish date
May 2019
Fishing, Lakes, Ponds & Swamps, Equipment & Supplies
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2019
    List Price

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In ESSENTIAL FLY PATTERNS FOR LAKES AND STREAMS Brian Smith cuts to the chase, offering the reader and fly tier over eighty flies with recipes and instructions for each. In his third book, Smith shares the results of his more than fifty years of experimentation and research developing and refining fly patterns that are proven fish-catchers. Some of the patterns are world standards, but many have been tweaked and altered by Smith through his observations and studies of insects, including where they live in lakes and streams and what triggers are responsible to entice fish to ''eat the fly.'' The book provides details for tying the most important insect imitations in their various stages of lifeforms and is full of Smith's important tips about their pattern developments.

The fly-tying tips in ESSENTIAL FLY PATTERNS FOR LAKES AND STREAMS have been perfected over Smith's countless hours of fun at the vise and are uniquely designed to simplify the process of tying replica fly patterns that are consistent in appearance, size, shape and attitude.

About the author

Brian Smith is a freelance outdoor writer and photographer. His work has appeared in BCWF Outdoor Edge, The Canadian Fly Fisher magazine, The Art of BC Fly Fishing 2005 Calendar and Fly Fishing and Tying Journal. Smith has been fishing the waters of the BC's Central Interior, Cariboo, Kootenays and the Okanagan for more than twenty-five years. In his search for the perfect catch, Smith also targets steelhead and salmon in northwest British Columbia, but readily admits his love is for trout that come freely to the dry fly. Smith is an avid fly fisher, and an accomplished fly tier and rod builder. He was recognized as Contributor of the Year in 1997 for articles published in the BC Wildlife Federation's Outdoor Edge magazine. In 2008, Brian was awarded the Jack Shaw Fly Tying Award by the BC Federation of Fly Fishers. He credits his lifelong passion for fly tying to the pioneer work of the late master angler Jack Shaw, who was his friend and mentor during his formative fly fishing years in Kamloops. Smith has four children and lives with his wife Lois in Prince George, BC. Fly Fishing BC's Interior is his first book.

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Editorial Reviews

'Brian Smith is a skilled practitioner of the fly-tying craft; when you combine that skill with his many decades of fly-fishing expertise on British Columbia's lakes and streams, the result is a book full of useful information for beginner and expert fly fisher alike.'' --Art Lingren, author of FLY PATTERNS OF BRITISH COLUMBIA: THE RODERICK HAIG-BROWN CENTENARY EDITION

''As a British Columbia biologist, when I fish I am most interested in the native fish species of our province, and fly fishing allows me to get closer to them and really learn. Fill a fly box with some of Brian's essential fly patterns as I have done, paying attention to his recommendations for colours and sizes, and you'll receive a lesson in the feeding ecology of these magnificent fish that you'll appreciate regardless of your level of experience.'' --John Hagen, fisheries biologist

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