A while back I bought Morgan Lyle’s Simple Flies: 52 Easy-to-Tie Patterns that Catch Fish with the intention of reviewing it here if I liked it. Well… I did like it… a lot… but I decided that I wanted to get some copies to sell over at my shop Three Rivers Tenkara (get the book here –>> Simple Flies by Morgan Lyle ). I wasn’t comfortable with reviewing it while also selling it.
Still I wanted to to something more so I asked Morgan if he’d do a Q&A with me regarding the book and his thoughts on flies and fly tying. He was kind enough to participate and I posted the resulting Q&A as the first blog post on the Three Rivers Tenkara blog. Read it here —>> Q&A With Morgan Lyle
It is a good book – and it is more than a fly tying recipe book. And in my opinion it ought to spark a sort of Copernican Revolution and provide a refreshing alternative to the increasingly complex and convoluted Ptolemaic System that has become the standardly accepted model in modern fly fishing.
But I know it won’t, and that’s okay. It is human nature to overcomplicate things – it makes us feel smart I guess. But if you’re getting into fly fishing and fly tying as a newbie (and haven’t been tainted yet) or if you’re an old hand at it but wouldn’t mind some simplification then this may be a good book for you.
Jason Klass over at Tenkara Talk has posted a review of the book if you’d like to read more about it.
Also don’t forget to check out my Q&A With Morgan Lyle.