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  • Book Review Contest

    O.K. I am a book nerd and I love to read and collect books related to fishing and hunting in BC. This forum was started at my request. I have many books and have read them all. I just want to help others make informed decisions about what they are buying for their personal library. If you have questions about a book or need help locating a book an a specific subject, feel free to ask in General Fly Fishing discussion. Speaking of posting, if you have a book you liked, or didn't like, write a Review and let us know. Just remember to keep it civil, no slagging etc. All reviews must be sent to RickB or myself via Private Message or use the site contact page to be reviewed before posting. Contact Rick or myself for more info.

    The reviews will be open for comments and discussion about the books reviewed. All book reviews can be seen by clicking this link. BOOK REVIEWS Now to the good part, the book reviews submitted will be entered in a monthly contest. For each Review submitted a member of FFBC, they will receive a chance for a prize that will vary as we get them. At the moment the prizes are flies that are tied by members of this forum from completed fly swaps and one of our new 4x8 FFBC vehicle sticker. These flies are highly coveted as many of our members will be famous tiers in the future. Reviews do not have to be directly related to fly fishing. Remotely will do.

    Here is the information need when you submit your Review; The Author, the publisher, number of pages and the ISBN number and of course your review. Here is a sample review to see the layout. You will notice in the reviews there are cover image of the book being reviewed. This is something you dont need ad when you submit it, I will find one while posting it.

    Good reading.

    Rick & Fred

    Modern Midges by Rick Takahashi
    ISBN 10: 1934753009/1-934753-009
    ISBN 13: 9781934753002
    Publisher: Headwater Books
    Publication Date: 2009
    Binding: Hardcover
    Page Count - 274

    The Review: In my effort to expand on my midge boxes this winter, I decided to see what everyone else was up too. I ordered a nice hardcover version, in a slick binder format for easy reference use at the tying bench. It has a brief overview of the different life stages of midges, and articles by pros about different situations you might find them in, and how to fish them successfully. All the usual suspects are present as guest writers including Chan, the Borgers, Mayer, Durisek etc. And Rick Takahashi puts together what amounts to an exaustive pattern cataloge of midge patterns, with very nice glossy color pictures to show them off and make you drool.

    At the begining of each life stage, there are step by step examples of how to tie a couple of basic styles of fly found in that stage and then it sets loose apon you a barrage of over 1000 midge patterns encompasing the various stages of the insect lets just say that if you have a
    week heart, this book is not for you! Don't buy it! Stop now! Save yourself man! Leave me behind, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make! This book is not a 'learn how to tie flies' type book. It makes the assumption that the reader has at least a small amount of tying experience and ability, but still gives you the basics of what you need to know for general patterns you might not have seen before(how to tie an epoxy buzzer for example).

    What this book is, is a comprehensive and modern look at the chironimid pattern, using traditional and more modern, synthetic tying materials. You'll find examples of english buzzer patterns(I don't know about fish, but they sure caught me!) as well as ice cream cones, krsytal flash bodies, biot bodies and lots of epoxy goodness all on hooks. If you want to up your game and get some new inspiration for getting behind the bench this winter put this book on your list. If you tie your own flies, love fishing chronies and you don't have's a no brainer! Lots of 'home run' type patterns. A few that come to mind are Peter Duriseks Buzzer patterns, Gary Okazaki's cluster patterns, and Jamers Ferrin's Dryemerger.

    This book gets to the business of showing you patterns you simply cannot do without!

    Review by Chauchey

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Book Reviews for FFBC members. started by phearless View original post