Learn the histories of these classic flies, as well as how to tie them. Covers their origins in the 1890s up through the mid-1970s. Includes flies that remain popular today, as well as forgotten classics that were once popular or that exhibit stylistic merit. 350 beautiful full color photos, 8.5×11 inches, 288 pgs.
I don’t think anyone is more qualified to present a book on the classic steelhead flies than John Shewey. He’s been around the block, he’s very traditional in his fishing methods, and his artistry at the vise is at the top of its game. Through his words and pictures, John paints a portrait of an important American folk art we can all enjoy every time we swing a fly in a sparkling river.–Tom Rosenbauer, The Orvis Company
“John Shewey, with Classic Steelhead Flies, has produced another superb book. The selection of flies and histories document the Pacific Northwest’s rich steelhead fly-fishing heritage. As well, Shewey is a master fly tier and his macro photographs of the flies attest to that mastery of the fly-tying craft and his skill with the camera. The word ‘classic’ in the title is an apt reference, as this book is sure to be a classic.”–Art Lingren, author of Fly Patterns of British Columbia, and steelheading historian
“John Shewey’s new book, Classic Steelhead Flies, has masterfully brought back the beauty and history of the old reliable steelhead patterns. It’s an artistic flair of excellence that should be found in the libraries of all serious steelhead fly fishers and fly tiers.”–Doug Stewart, inventor of the Max Canyon
“I have seen flies tied by some of the greatest tiers in the world for 85 years, including my father in the 1920s, but what John Shewey shows and describes in this book are true works of art. The research John did to preserve the history of steelhead flies makes this a wonderful gift to the fly-fishing community.”–Frank Moore, North Umpqua legend