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Salmon Flies: Their Character, Style, and Dressing by Poul Jorgensen


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“The most remarkable and the most beautiful fishing flies an angler can tie to his leader are those created for salmon,” says master flytier Poul Jorgensen. His Salmon Flies. Their Character, Style, and Dressing gives today’s tier complete information and techniques for tying over 60 traditional and modern salmon fly patterns– and the opportunity to participate in a true flytying art. Patterns like the legendary Jock Scott, the Blue Charm, and the General Practitioner are the most elaborate and colorful in the flytying world, flies befitting the magnificent “King of Fish”–the Atlantic and Pacific salmon. They are also among the oldest of fishing lures, having been tied and fished continuously from early 19th century England and Scotland up to today, when they have been joined by the Rat series, the Spey flies, salmon dry flies, and modern tube flies.


The Tying techniques for early salmon flies have been handed down over two hundred years with very little change to the few remaining practitioners of the art; perhaps foremost among them in the American master, Poul Jorgensen. Now, flytyiers and salmon fishermen can know the satisfaction of tying patterns like the Block Doctor, Ranger Wing, Grey Heron, or the Hairy Mary–patters that are a joy to tie, to display, and to use on salmon expeditions.

Despite their reputation (and expense of the commercially tired flies)Jorgensen maintains that salmon flies are not difficult to tie, and “anyone who can tie a decent trout fly can learn to dress a salmon fly.” Salmon Flies opens the door to the ultimate flytying experience. For the tier who takes pleasure in working with new patterns and materials, here are the special salmon winging and body techniques, and many ties never recorded before, including Jorgensen’s original Blue Rat and Sir Conrad, as well as new nymphs, prawns, and dry flies. For the salmon angler the pleasures offered by Salmon Flies are doubled in fishing the fall and spring migratory runs, perhaps to land a brawny thirty pound fish on a fly tied by their own hand.

This Book is a truly modern approach to tying flies for a salmon using today’s tools and and materials. In crisp step-by-step tying sequences, Jorgensen takes the willing tier from basic to low-water patterns and simple Dee-strip flies, to prawns, grubs, and tube flies, Spey flies, and the magnificent fully dressed patterns.

It is international i scope, bringing together the traditional ties of the British Isles and the best of the later American influences. Moreover, it is the work of a true angling craftsman, a chance for today’s flytier to learn the way of salmon flies from the finest of teachers. Poul Jorgensen preserves one of angling’s finest traditions with care, simplicity, and style. It is a sincere invitation to all anglers to join  in this celebration of the flytier’s art.