(1952) 4th edition reprint. 4to (191 x 252mm). Ppxx,256. Colour plates, b/w illustrations. Red boards, spine titled in gilt, red dust-wrapper.
The first, and still probably the best, of the great fly-tying compendiums. John Veniard drew on the resources of his previously published booklets, and his vast experience of fly-tying, to produce a work that would remain the standard for many years. It is worth noting that besides flies for salmon, trout and grayling, this book includes many patterns for coarse species; pike, perch, chub, dace, roach and rudd, as well as a section on flies for saltwater angling. Contents include; tools; hooks; silks etc.; tinsels; dyeing; fly dressing materials - trout flies etc.; dressing flies for trout fishing; trout fly dressing - dry flies; trout fly patterns - dry flies; trout fly dressing - wet flies; trout fly patterns - wet flies; hair wing flies; streamer flies; flies for sea fishing; flies for pike and perch; flies for grayling; flies for chub, dace, roach and rudd; fly dressing materials - salmon flies; dressing flies for salmon fishing; salmon flies - standard patterns; salmon flies - low water small summer patterns; salmon flies - Dee strip wing patterns; salmon flies - Spey patterns; salmon flies - Irish patterns; salmon flies - hair wing patterns; salmon flies - grubs and dry fly patterns - salmon flies - shrimps; five indices, one each for - fly tying and materials, trout fly patterns, lake trout and sea-trout patterns, streamer flies, salmon flies.