Fly Tying by Thomas Züllich

Fly Tying

By Thomas Züllich

  • Release Date: 2018-01-11
  • Genre: Outdoors
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If you want to tie your own flies for trout and grayling than this is the ibook for you. 

— including videos, interactive graphics and more —

The intention is to make the fly angler understand and fabricate effective trout flies and also being able to improve and simplify the flies he’s been tying so far. 
The approach is to use old techniques and take them further to modern flies. While the reader can learn semi realistic nymphs and extended body flies, as well as patterns just based on one or two materials. Staying true to his German craftsman roots, the author approaches fly tying in very efficient way. Thomas Züllich is a well respected fly tier known for his engaging and fresh approach. The book features crisp interactive graphic content, videos and over 100 pages of informative and entertaining text. The book’s glossary explains over 100 fly fishing specific terms.

To support the reader the author maintains a facebook group. - 

The free sample book gives you a very good insight into the fly tying basics. The full book features 30 more fly pattern from Thomas and also internationally known and prize winning fly tiers.


… Several things about his presentation really impress me. Firstly, Thomas' ability to tie scruffy-yet-durable flies (yes I believe flies should on the most part look “scruffy” - fish have taught me this). However, being able to tie a scruffy fly that is also durable is a new technique to me. Mine all fall apart after a few fish - getting better as they do!

I was also impressed by Thomas' ability to make a relatively complicated fly appear simple to tie - I supposed this is a common trait of any expert in his field. And in this book, I think, his expertise really shines through. Particularly inspiring for me are the sections covering Advanced Patterns and Techniques. These are techniques that I would normally shy away from, but I too will now "give it a go!"

However, as Thomas points out he is not just teaching you to tie 23 different flies; rather he's teaching you techniques. With these techniques you can turn your hand to imitating any insect and using various styles. I'm sure that you can learn all of these techniques - even the advanced ones - from both the text as well as the embedded videos; this format seems to work very well for me. It might even make my flies a bit sexier from now on! 

Most important of all, I believe, is that Thomas ties flies that not only look good but actually catch a lot of fish. Isn’t that what most of us just want, to tie patterns that catch a lot of fish and are durable?

Paul Arden