Landon Mayer's Guide Flies
Easy-to-Tie Patterns for Tough Trout
by Landon Mayer
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Pub Date 01 Dec 2021 | Archive Date 10 Dec 2021
Rowman & Littlefield, Stackpole Books
When you spend as much time on the water as guide Landon Mayer, you need simple, easy-to-tie patterns that get the job done, day in and day out. In this fly-tying book, Mayer shares 20 of his top patterns for trophy trout that have been perfected on rivers and still waters in the Rockies and across the globe. These flies include twelve of Mayer’s own designs as well as eight of his favorite flies by Arlo Townsend, Angus Drummond, Phil Tereyla, Walt Mueller, Jr., Michael Burgess, Dave Hoover, Kevan Davidson, and Ken Walwrath. Instructions for each fly are covered in over 200 detailed step-by-step photos, each chapter includes fishing and rigging tips, and the book includes seven rigging illustrations by Dave Hall. Patterns in this book include the Tails Up Trico, Mayer’s Mini Leech, Titan Tube Midge, Mini Leech Jig Damsel, and many more.
Landon Mayer is a fly-fishing instructor, guide, and writer with over two decades of experience. He is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman and High Country Angler magazines, and his work has also been featured in Field & Stream and Fly Fusion. Landon’s previous books include The Hunt for Giant Trout; Sight Fishing for Trout, Second Edition; Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing; and 101 Trout Tips, in addition to his current film with Headwater Media, Mastering the Short Game. He lives in Florissant, Colorado.
"I can count on one hand the number of people I know who are truly great anglers and fly tiers, and I have always counted Landon Mayer in this elite group. He has the consistent and uncanny ability not only to find and catch ridiculously big fish, but also to design well-thought-out patterns that solve problems and make the job easier. He has a gift for teaching, and this book promises to be an invaluable resource into the mind of a true expert." --Charlie Craven, author of Tying Nymphs
Average rating from 2 members
As a fairly good fly tyer and fly fisherman (over 45 years of flailing the water), I found this to be an excellent book. The author gives instructions on tying 19 different patterns of flies. Each fly has step-by-step instructions, along with many, many clear photographs (there must be about 300 photos in the book). Then he tells you how to use the fly to maximize success. The flies themselves are not hard to tie, anybody with a basic knowledge of tying will be able to tie them. But they are different! A whole lot of new ideas are presented. I am happy to vouch for the effectiveness of the flies. I tied up a half dozen of his "Mayer's Mini Leeches" and headed out to the lake. The trout loved them! It was a very successful and fulfilling day on the water! I look forward to utilizing this book and it's patterns to tie flies over the coming winter. If my experience with his Mini Leech is any indication, next spring should be spectacular! An excellent addition to any fly fisherperson's arsenal. I highly recommend it!