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BOOK OF THE MONTH November 2014

By: Larry Ray, Librarian

Collected Works of Dave Hughes. Perhaps no fly fishing author has published more about fly fishing in the northwest than
Dave Hughes. From simple fly tying manuals to advanced instructional guides, and from basic entomology to detailed instructions about matching hatches, Hughes covers it all. Indeed, one could just about cover their entire range of fly fishing instructional needs through reference to his works. The SFF library has a fairly complete collection of Dave’s books, including those which follow.

Beginning tyers can refer to the American Fly Tying Manual. Basic steps for tying each style of fly are explained through simple instruction and many photographs. Fine color plates illustrating the basic, common patterns for each style of fly, with some historical notes, are included separately in the second part of the manual. The simplicity of the photos and illustrations serves as a confidence builder. Meanwhile, Essential Trout Flies provides more detailed instruction covering more patterns and their variations, as well as coaching as to their use. However, the same patient style is also present, making it a good read for the novice as well as the advanced tyer. The perfectly organized fly box on the cover makes me (and will make lots of you) envious!

Hughes might be best known for his works involving insect hatches. The very concise pamphlet Matching Hatches Simplified can serve as a starting point for the novice, as can The Pocket Guide to Western Hatches and Western Streamside Guide, with their wonderful color photography. The Handbook of Hatches, meanwhile, is as fine an introductory guide to this topic as I have found. Being, myself, a bit intimidated by the entomological side of our sport, I can ease that anxiety by referring to this work. The fine color photographs of the bugs themselves, along with the tying instructions for their imitations, fascinate and encourage. Nice photographs of fishing scenes further whet the angling appetite. The Complete Guide to Western Hatches, on which Hughes teamed with pal Rick Hafele, is an older, more comprehensive volume written in the more traditional format. Lots of black and white pho- tography, some fine pen and ink drawings, and a few color plates in the mid-section supplement the same patient style.

Reading Trout Water is Hughes’s contribution to that topic, and the same basic instructional format with wonderful, informative photography, is present in this work as well. Finally, Western Fly Fishing Guide contains descriptions of various fly fishing locations throughout the western USA and Canada, including some destinations very close to home (such as Nunally, Lenice, and Merry Lakes).

Library Team. The Library continues to expand with the donation of more materials and with it the need for ongoing management of the library’s collection. If you’d like to familiarize yourself with the clubs book and video collection and help manage it, and perhaps write some reviews for publication in the Barbless Flyer, please call me, Larry Ray, at 425-299-1488 or email me at hoodnfly@aol.com.

Again we need volunteers!

The Spokane Fly Fishers has an extensive library available for our members. At our meetings, we have many video cassettes for those that still have that VCR laying around gathering dust. Ask Larry Ray about the availability as we are phasing these out.

We’ve been working on our collection of DVD’s and now have a catalog of 40 titles, we have over 300 titles of print materials. The list encompasses every category, including humor, history, tying, destinations, novels and instruction. Nearly all of these books have been donated to the club from members estates and as such you’ll find some historical, out of print and hard to find books. We welcome donations of new and gently used books and digital materials, contact Larry Ray to make such a donation.

Both the book and DVD collections are now located at the club meeting site and are available for lending at meetings.

Checked out materials are now to be returned at the second scheduled meeting after they were checked out unless otherwise arranged with Larry Ray, the club’s Librarian.

If by chance you have any books or library materials please return them at a meeting or by contacting Larry whom can be reached at 425-299-1488, or online at hoodnfly@aol.com.

Click the links below for the complete listings.

Spokane Fly Fishers Video Collection

Spokane Fly Fishers Library Catalogue


BOOK  OF  THE  MONTH October 2014

By:  Larry  Ray,  Librarian

Something for the Bamboo Aficionado.  In my May Barbless Flyer column I told you we had received a donation which included two books on bamboo fly rods. I said I would review them in the September Barbless Flyer.  I apologize for the fact that this review is a month late. Hopefully, better late than never.
Like a few of you who aspire to fish with bamboo, or perhaps already do so, I have been long fascinated by the possibility of fishing a northwest coastal stream, cane wand in hand, pursuing cutthroat and steelhead as did the pioneers of northwest fly fishing. I have even gone so far as to purchase several old rods. However, I have yet to attempt the actual rebuilding of any of these. Fear of making a mistake, as well as that old enemy of all ambition, time, served as discouragement. Where to obtain the necessary guidance?   Well, the SFF Library now has two volumes that can help eliminate the intimidation.
The Fine  Bamboo  Fly  Rod by Stuart Kirkfield contains 186 pages of instruction accompanied  by marvelous photography. When read carefully and with patience, this book relieves the anxiety associated with bamboo rod restoration. The introduction is enchanting and puts the neophyte at ease. The first two chapters deal with assessing the quality and value of an old rod, even including photos of the proper way to remove it from the tube and sleeve.  Simple repairs, such as rewrapping guides or cleaning the cork grip, are described. However, Kirkfield also delves into such dark and mysterious topics as varnishing, as well as major fixes like repairing fractures, mid-section as well as at the ferrules, and removing old ferrules that have been pinned and glued. The writing style is such that it is neither overly technical nor  intimidating.  Throughout are photos of equipment and materials needed, even down to various  glues  that  are  used.
Handcrafting  Bamboo  Fly  Rods, by Wayne Cattanach, is written more in the form of a technical manual. Instead of rod restoration, this book deals primarily with the crafting of new bamboo rods. It, too, contains many informative and reassuring photographs. It is not without its humor (read the introduction to Chapter 11, in which the author describes the necessity of designing and locating his finishing tube so as not to upset his wife!). It’s 235 card-stock pages, which can be removed from the binder for shop use, delve into great detail regarding such topics as proper tapers, stress curves (including charts and graphs), heat
treating, and all the various equipment, tools, and materials used in rod construction.
Other publications in the SFF collection touch on the subject of bamboo rods  –
John Gierach, in particular, describes his love of  bamboo and provides some particulars about collecting in several of his pieces.   But, the two volumes above now provide us with much more. If you, like me, are looking to remove some of the mystery of bamboo, and perhaps have a go at finishing and fishing your own cane rod some day soon, a leisurely read of either of these volumes will provide much encouragement and assistance.