A few months back I was offered a preprint PDF manuscript of Drew Chicone's new book 'Feather Brain' to review. I turned it down at the time as I just didn't have the headspace to read an entire book on screen (and I'm obviously too Scottish to print it all out) I instead opted to wait for a full print copy - Fool me, I missed out on getting the jump on something very special.
Let me state here and now, I'm not a fly guy. I'm a presentation guy. And while i get (kinda) the whole fly tying thing, I'm normally of the opinion that the mystique around flies and fly tying is an often overused excuse for crap presentation.
After reading a few chapters of Drew's book I had the unnerving urge to get out the SL12's and jump behind the vice. This is a really great book.
From dyeing materials with sachets of Kool Aid, building a dubbing twister or cutting crab patterns with a bottle cap, Feather Brain is chock full of incredibly useful and effective techniques, sage advice and well researched and clearly presented information.
From simple to advanced techniques Feather Brain is supremely presented with crisp clear photographs and easy to understand instruction. Drew is clearly a master of the craft.
And hell, it's just hugely engaging - can't believe I said that about a book on fly tying.
If you've ever wanted to learn how to tie a decent saltwater pattern (and even if you haven't), buy it, you wont be disappointed. The pages on the Bottle Cap Crab & rubber legs are worth the price of admission alone.
Developing, Testing & Improving Saltwater Fly Patterns.
Get Feather Brain from Drew's site here http://www.saltyflytying.com
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We're stoked to release the 4 weight 11 foot trout spey blanks and Ready to Wrap Rod kits!
We've been asked to develop this one for a while now, at 11 feet for a 4 weight (Spey) the 411 is the perfect short Spey rod for trout fishing. Call it a Switch, a short Spey, Trout Spey - whatever, the 411 is perfect for swinging short head Spey lines for trout.
Peter Corzilius, aka Peter Fisher, hails from Germany and we're very proud to have him as an Epic Ambassador. A talented filmmaker and story teller Peter has put together some beautiful fly fishing clips in the past.
His latest clip "The most basic rule of fishing" is both heartwarming and extremely relevant - take a few moments out of your busy day to enjoy it.