The Federation of Fly Fishers Fly Pattern Encyclopedia is a book that contains photographs and recipes for hundreds of flies for both freshwater and saltwater gamefish. Edited by Al and Gretchen Beatty, and photographed by Jim Schollmeyer, the book was a project that stemmed from the Federation of Fly Fishers' (FFF's) work to promote fly fishing and fly tying to anglers of all ages and levels of skill. Assembling the large number of fly patterns featured in the Fly Pattern Encyclopedia was a collaborative effort between professional and amateur fly tyers who contributed patterns and recipes to the book. The end result was an encyclopedia of sorts that chronicles a huge variety of flies.
The Fly Pattern Encyclopedia showcases dry flies, nymphs, streamers, salmon, warmwater, and saltwater flies. The color photographs (more than 1500 of them) of each fly are crisp, clear and detailed, and the book is available in a spiral-bound edition that lays flat when open on a table. The Fly Pattern Encyclopedia is a neat book that stemmed from a lot of teamwork and contributions from hundreds of fly tyers. Although the primary focus is not specifically saltwater patterns, the huge variety of flies showcased in the Fly Pattern Encyclopedia promise to keep you interested and hopefully will light a creative spark in your tying.
Federation of Fly Fishers Fly Pattern Encyclopedia
By Al & Gretchen Beatty
232 pp. Frank Amato Publications, Inc.ISBN: 1-57188-209-X