Saturday, March 19, 2011

Book Review: Tying and Fishing Tailwater Flies by Pat Dorsey

Many of you might be already familiar with Pat Dorsey who literally wrote the book on the South Platte (Fly Fishing Guide to the South Platte by Pat Dorsey). Pat has been a fly fishing guide for over 20 years, has invented numerous fly patterns, tied flies commercially and is a partner in the Blue Quill Angler in Evergreen, Colorado.

So in short, this guy knows a thing or two about fly fishing and he's a really nice guy too.

This book is not about Tenkara, but it provides invaluable information for fly fishing along the Front Range, Colorado and tailwaters throughout the country that can be adapted, if you are not married to the "one fly only" approach, to Tenkara as well.

The book is organized by chapters about individual fly patterns (some of them developed by Pat himself) and in each chapter he covers the history, tying instructions, rigging and fishing tips one fly. The text is comprehensively supported by illustrations and color pictures. Some of the flies covered are the Mercury Black Beauty, Mercury Midge, Top Secret Midge, Buckskin, Amy's Ant, Sparkle Wing RS2, UV Scud, Limeade and a few more to total different 24 flies.

The last chapter deals with organizing your fly box(es), with full page pictures of his fly boxes. Looking at those pictures I got "fly box envy"... but I will try to stay true to my one fly box approach for Tenkara (well, maybe two boxes, one with my established go-to pattern and one with Tenkara flies only).

Click here to open a book preview from Amazon.

Tight Lines!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the author, publisher or any site that sells or promotes the book nor did I receive any compensation to review the the book. I bought the book on my own dime.

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