Fly-tying as an Art (C. F. (Charles Frederick) Walker)

Fly-tying as an Art (C. F. (Charles Frederick) Walker) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Sport Fishing section. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

London: Herbert Jenkins, 1957, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings;

From the cover: There are plenty of text-books containing detailed instructions for the tying of artificial flies, but all are concerned almost exclusively with technicalities, and approach the subject purely from the craftsmans standpoint. But although fly-tying may certainly be classed as a craft, it is the authors firm belief that, in the hands of the amateur, it should also be treated as an art, at all events so far as trout flies are concerned. In the present book, therefore, he makes no attempt to teach the reader how to tie flies, but concerns himself rather with the whys and wherefores, laying particular emphasis on the hitherto neglected artistic aspect.

Throughout the book the author draws a parallel with painting, stressing the importance of using live models instead of merely copying the work of others. After discussing the pros and cons of the various styles of fly-dressing, he continues with chapters on the history of the art, fly-dressing materials and their potentialities, and the collection of models, concluding with a few practical notes on his own studio technique, including some useful tips not to be found in any of the standard works on fly-tying.

Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Leans. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

Pale Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 128 pages. Index. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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