The definitive guide to tying the most successful and productive freshwater and saltwater flies of all time. While there are thousands of flies available to anglers, many of the most popular are those that, by virtue of their fish-catching ability and unique construction methods, have stood the test of time. This indispensable resource features twenty quintessential fly patterns, including the Parachute Adams, Clouser Minnow, and Woolly Bugger. With detailed chapters exploring the history of and variations on each fly, interviews with fly originators, and step-by-step tying “recipes” and instructions, this is the perfect reference book for fly tiers of all abilities. Published in association with The Orvis Company.
Tom Rosenbauer has been a fly fisher for four decades, and was tying flies commercially at age fourteen. He is the author of numerous books, as well as countless articles for American Angler, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, and other periodicals. He is a marketing manager with the Orvis Company in Manchester, Vermont, and lives in nearby Pawlet.
"In this book, Tom Rosenbauer has chosen 20 patterns that have produced over the years. Buy these, learn how and when to use them, and you almost certainly will catch more fish."--Lefty Kreh
"Tom Rosenbauer is a lifelong fly fisherman and tier, and he shares his hard-earned expertise in The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies. In this new book, Tom tells the histories of many of our favorite flies and also shows us how to tie them. Experienced anglers will learn the origins of the patterns in their fly boxes, and new tiers will discover great fly-tying principles and tips. The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies will be an indispensable resource for all fly fishermen.”--David Klausmeyer, Editor, Fly Tyer magazine
NetGalley Review: 4 stars
Last updated on 24 Jun 2021
"I gave my husband my tablet and put this book Orvis Guide to the Essential Americsn Flies on for him. He teaches fly tying at the local outdoor center, he really liked this book. He studied each fly and can't wait to make some. He felt it was thorough and the directions were easy to follow. The pictures are great also. He really likes this book and will be purchasing a copy for his students to use."
—Sheila J, Consumer Reviewer
NetGalley Review: 5 stars
Last updated on 02 Aug 2021
"Very well done book on a beloved sport. The magic is all in those perfect ties! A very well thought put guide for creating what works for you in your next fishing adventures."—Richelle Rodarte, consumer reviewer
Last updated on 16 Aug 2021
"Tom Rosenbauer is an excellent writer, speaker, and above all, fly fisherman. I have read many, many of his books, and listen to his podcast regularly.
In this book, he has really knocked it out of the park! He takes 20 of the most commonly used fishing flies, and broken each one down into segments. It's history, how to tie it, and variations that you can introduce to it.
The tying instructions are phenomenal. Whether you are a beginner, or have been tying flies for years, you can easily learn something here. I picked up a multitude of hints to improve my own tying.
I have been fly fishing and tying my own flies for over forty years. I intend on keeping this book handy at my tying desk. And I will be buying additional copies for my fly fishing friends. I guess that alone tells you how much I enjoyed this book!"—Randal White, consumer reviewer
Last updated on 19 Aug 2021
"The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies is an information dense primer about fly tying with tutorials by Tom Rosenbauer. Originally published in 2011, this reformat and re-release is due out 20th Sept. 2021 from Rowman & Littlefield on their Lyons Press imprint. It's 208 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats (earlier editions available in other format).
This is a no-nonsense book. There are 20 tutorials here and they are specific, well illustrated, beautifully photographed and instructional, but what really engaged me and what I most enjoyed reading were the friendly, open, and honest reminiscences and memories related about fish, about fishing, about being outdoors, and about other fishers and sharing experiences. And the tutorials of course.
Each of the tutorials includes the name, background history, extreme close up macro photograph, tools and supplies in a bullet list color highlighted text box, and detailed step-by-step instructions. The instructions include close-up photographs which are clear, in color, and don't have any fingers or tools blocking the view. Alternatives for different sizes and color variations are shown in their own boxes outside the main instructions.
The author gives good tips for how to get the best performance out of the ties and where to use them. The book is full of good info and will be right at home with fly tying and fishing enthusiasts. Although I don't fish much, I do enjoy tying the occasional fly for friends and family, and this was a joy to read.
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes."—Annie Buchanan, reviewer at nonstopreaderbooks
"The Orvis Guide is the most impressive tying manual I’ve ever opened up. I reckon it’ll do for this" generation of fly tiers what Jack Dennis’s old Western Trout Flies books did for folks back in the ’80s." --Spencer Durant