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The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies

This is the most comprehensive directory of salmon flies ever published.

It is the fruit of 30 years’ research by renowned international flytying author, Chris Mann. He has corresponded with countless expert salmon fly tyers throughout the world – seeking out all their most popular and enduring salmon flies, adding these to all the classic patterns. Now his research is complete.

Over 1800 salmon and steelhead flies – each one illustrated in colour and with its full dressing provided – make this the definitive reference, the all-in-one volume for salmon anglers and flytyers throughout the world.

Chris Mann’s vibrant illustrations of the flies show them with a clarity, accuracy and consistency seldom achieved through photographs.

The flies are ordered alphabetically, making it easy for the reader to find the exact fly and to check the precise dressing. Mann gives a brief introduction to each fly, noting its originator when known and the reputation it has achieved. A full, cross-referencing Index is included.

So, when you next find yourself wondering what exactly a Cascade looks like, and whether there is something similar in your own box which will help you catch a salmon – then you will reach for this indispensable book.


* Gold blocking on front jacket panel and spine
* Spine width: 4cm/1½"


Sold out!! New paperback edition coming mid-April 2012 priced £20 - click here.

Author: Chris Mann
Illustrator: Chris Mann
ISBN: 978 1 906122 01 0
Published: October 2008
Format: 274 x 210 mmn
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 480
1800 colour illustrations
Price: £35.00


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The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies
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Press reviews

Reviewed in Flyfishing & Flytying Magazine in December 2008

'The sheer scope and ambition of the Directory is enormous and it works brilliantly. Honest, well-ordered information…. If you like salmon flies, if you fish for salmon and are seeking inspiration – treat yourself!'


Reviewed in Trout and Salmon in December 2008

'This is by far the most comprehensive directory of salmon flies ever published, with more than 1,800 patterns featured in its 468 pages. This is a first-class book for fishers and tyers and Chris Mann should be applauded for completing such a mammoth task for our delectation.'


Reviewed in Fieldsports Magazine in December 2008

'The ultimate collection. The body of work shown in this book is breathtaking in its breadth and imagination and beauty.'


Reviewed by Dan Kinney of The Belfast Newsletter in October 2008

'Once in a while along comes a book which merits all the superlatives one can think of. Such a book is The Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies: it is simply a unique and beautiful work of art.'


Reviewed in Waterlog Online in October 2008

'I can't think of many other books that illustrate 1800 patterns.'

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