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This is a review of my e-book "Farrbetterflies" by Paul Halter fly fisherman, designer of Real World Fly Fishing:


Roger Farrs e-book Farrbetterflies is a tremendous resource for fly tiers who are ready to broaden their skills in order to create stunning yet practical artificial flies.
  Ive been tying flies for thirty years, using mostly traditional materials and techniques, and like lots of tiers there are times I wish I could produce more realistic flies.  Many of the waters I fish are home to heavily pressured and extremely selective trout, and Ive often longed for something more convincing than anything in my boxes.  Traditional flies are fun to tie and fish, but theres only so much you can do with feathers and fur.
   On the other extreme, there are some artists who produce artificial flies that would fool an entomologist if you clipped the hooks off, and while these creations are impressive to display, many are useless for fishing.  They tend to require extreme effort to create, lack the needed floating or sinking qualities, and many are far too delicate for casting, let alone catching fish.

Roger Farr has learned how to create flies that are far more realistic than traditional patterns, yet theyre just as practical on the water.  He has developed new techniques and adapted unexpected materials to make uncanny imposters for a wide variety of insects.  Unlike some other realistic flies, these hold up to heavy use.  His dry flies float perfectly, and you can even dry them out with a quick squeeze after catching a fish.  When I first saw his flies I couldnt help wondering how on earth he made them.  His e-book has the answers, and while it involves some very clever tricks, it turns out its not as difficult as you might think.

 In Farrbetterflies youll find out how to get and use materials youve never thought of bringing to the fly tying bench.  Various types of foam, brush bristles, tape and more become components of amazingly life-like flies.  With step by step instructions and clear illustrations you can learn to make these amazing flies yourself, and adapt the patterns to imitate the insect species you find on your local waters.  The book includes patterns for mayflies and caddis flies as nymphs, emergers and adults, plus moths, beetles, grasshoppers, crane flies and much more.