Essential Fly Patterns for Lakes and Streams

Tips for Tying Your Own Flies

By Brian Smith

Categories: Travel & Outdoors
Imprint: Caitlin Press
Paperback : 9781773860008, May 2019

Author Brian Smith shares fifty years of experience in this essential, definitive ''how-to'' for novice and experienced fly tiers.


In Essentials 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 Essentials 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.


"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