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Herter, George Leonard – Professional Fly Tying, Spinning and Tackle Making Manual and Manufacturers Guide

Professional Fly Tying, Spinning and Tackle Making Manual and Manufacturers Guide Written and Illustrated by George Leonard Herter Revised Nineteenth Edition…

Professional Fly Tying, Spinning and Tackle Making Manual and Manufacturers Guide

Written and Illustrated by George Leonard Herter

Revised Nineteenth Edition 1971 – Softcover – 220mm x 140mm – 584 pp – 15 colour pages. Published in Waseca, Minnesota by Herter’s, Inc.

George Leonard Herter – Professional Fly Tying, Spinning and Tackle Making Manual and Manufacturers Guide. The pages in the paperback version are only held in place by glue so be sure to check there are no pages missing.

Professional Fly Tying and Tackle Making Manual and Manufacturers’ Guide by George Leonard Herter was first published as early as 1941. Originally it was called the Complete Fly Tying Instruction Book and had 119 pages. Over the years the book was constantly expanded and improved. It covers an amazing range of subjects, so many and varied that I have decided to include the full index so you’ll get some sense of the scale of the book’s contents. Surprisingly, George Herter’s book often goes unnoticed and unlike many angling classics, the paperback version can be purchased for a very modest sum of $10.00 or less. The hardcover version of course rightly sells for about $50.00 plus. There are a couple of odd things about this excellent book. Firstly, the chapters are not listed at the beginning of the book but are instead included in the index at the back. Although the page numbers are included for the 37 chapters, the subject pages themselves are not numbered, or at least this is the case in the edition that I have. I understand there were many changes over the years so not all editions will be the same. Secondly, I have the paperback version which is not stitched in any way. The pages are held in place by what appears to be PVA glue down the spine. As a consequence, the pages are vulnerable to becoming loose and falling out. Be aware that you’ll often see paperback versions for sale that have pages missing for this reason. Despite the long-winded title Professional Fly Tying and Tackle Making Manual and Manufacturers Guide, Herter’s book is mostly about fly tying, methods, techniques, and materials in great detail that I’ve not seen covered elsewhere. It is wonderfully illustrated throughout. Professional Fly Tying and Tackle Making Manual and Manufacturers Guide is a wonderful angling classic. Any fly tyer, in particular, will not be disappointed on purchasing this book. You’ll find endless enjoyment within its massive 584 pages. Copies are usually available on Amazon.

INDEX

OFFICIAL DEFINITION OF THE PARTS OF A FLY .. 1 CHAPTER I – TOOLS AND MISCELLANEOUS .. 3

Vice, Moth Prevention, Hackle Pliers, Reconditioning Feathers, Taking Out Curvatures, etc Bodkin, Stiletto or Dubbing Needle Scissors, Silver Tinsel Bodied Streamers Wronski Method of Holding Scissors, Tapered Fly Bodies Fly Tying Wax Cementing Jungle Cock and Shoulder Head Cements and Head Varnishes and Cheek Feathers in Place Tying Threads Tying Off Heads On Small Flies Wing Cutter Using Gut and Nylon Streamers on Wing Maker Gang Hooks Thread Clips and Bobbins, Waterproof the Dry Flies and Hair and Bodied Bugs Before Selling Them Razor Blades and Fly Tyer’s Lance,  Magnifying Glasses, Setting the Color and Waterproofing Fly and Streamer Bodies Hackle Guards, Mirrors, Etc.  The Whip Finish and Whip Finisher, Weed Guards on Flies and Cork Bugs Oddity Tying the Half Hitch and Jam Knot, Hofmeister‘s Pins, Fly Tying in the Educational Field,  Picking Up Spilled Hooks

CHAPTER II -HOOKS  ..25

Methods of Making Points on Fish hooks – Types of Finishes Used on Hooks Hook Patterns Types of Points and Terms, Hook Patterns for Flies Hook Point Positions, Hooks for Spoons, Squids, Trollers Etc, Position of the Spear in Relation to the Bend of the Hook, Double Hooks Types of Hook Shanks and Terms, Treble Hooks System for Measuring the Length of the Hook Shank, System of Hook Specifications Testing the Penetration and Bite Qualities of a Hook System for Measuring the Shortness of the Hook Shank Brief Discussion of Bait Hooks,  Position of Eyes and Terms, Bait Hook Sizes Types of Eyes and Terms, Hook Sizes for Fresh-Water Flies Types of Wire Used in Hooks and Terms

CHAPTER III -HACKLES  .. 57

Common Breeds of Domestic Chickens and the Colors They Produce, Other Uses of Hackle Colors of Hackles, A Few Tips on Winding Hackles Grades of Hackle, Rubber Hackle Gathering Hackles, Hackle Used for Bodies Hair Used as Hackle What to Order in Hackles Artificially Coloring Rooster Neck and Saddle Hackles to Badger, Coch-y-bondhu and Plymouth Rock Trimmed Hackle, General Materials Used for Wet and Dry Fly Hackle Wet Fly Hackles in General

CHAPTER IV – GENERAL FLY TYING MATERIALS .. 75

Tinsel Mylar Plastic Floss Chenille Synthetic Yarns for Fly Tying Wool Yarn Fur Kapok Quill Spun Fur Hackles for Bodies Gut or Nylon for Bodies Gum Rubber Crepe Dense Grained Sponge Rubber Body Material Seclin Body Material Lifex Body Material Hair or Woven Bodies Feather Bodies Cellophane Bodies Plastic Bodies Wing Material Tying Dry Trout Fly Wings Herter‘ s Particular Parachute Herter Heliflot Fly Making Parachute Dry Flies with Pig‘s Bristles George Leonard Herter Method of Natural Cone Hackling a Dry Fly Alex Martin Method of Tying the Parachute Fly Tying Wet Trout Fly Wings Edward Hewitt Aluminum Foil Wing Wet Fly Hair Wing Flys Dry and Wet, All Kinds Bass Fly Wings Streamer Wings, Both Hair and Feather Hairlon Nylon and Dacrons for Streamer, Fly and Jig Wings Marrying Feathers for Wings, Tails, Cheeks and Shoulders A Few of the Birds Which Furnish Fly Materials

CHAPTER V – INSECTS FISH FEED ON ..148

Insects Particular Species of Fish Prefer Under Qualified Conditions Color of Insects Emergence Dates of Insects Stocking of Insects for Fish Feed Importance of Fly Patterns The Detrimental English Influence on Fly Patterns Order Ephemeroptera or May Flies Descriptions of the Different Species of May Flies Ephemerella Invaria May Fly Ephemerella Dorothea May Fly Iron Pleuralis May Fly Stenonema Vicarium May Fly Stenonema Fuscum May Fly Stenonema Ithaca May Fly Isonychia Bicolor May Fly Isonychia Albomanicata May Fly Ephemera Guttulata May Fly Acentrella May Fly Potomanthus Distinctus May Fly Blasuirus Cupidus May Fly Heptagenia May Fly Leptophlebia Johnsoni May Fly Hexagenia Belineata May Fly Hexagenia Recurvata May. Fly Ephemera Varia May Fly Siphlonurus Quebecensis May Fly Callibaetis Skokianus May Fly May Fly Nymphs The Burrowing May Fly Nymphs Family Ephemeridae The Clambering, Running or Sitting May Fly Nymphs: Family Baetidae The Stone Clingers or Rock Sprawlers: Family Heiageniidae The Great Variance in the Size of May Fly Nymphs Examples of May Fly Nymphs Potomanthus Distinctus May Fly Nymph Ephemera Guttulata May Fly Nymph Blasturus Cupidus May Fly Nymph Ephemerella Fuscata May Fly Nymph Leptophlebia Johnsoni May Fly Nymph Isonychia Albomanicata May Fly Nymph Siphlonurus Quebecenis May Fly Nymph Stenonema Fuscum May Fly Nymph Iron Pleuralis May Fly Nymph Trichoptera Caddis Flies or Sedges Stenophylax Scabripennis Caddis Fly Rhyacophila Lobifera Caddis Fly Psilotreta Frontalis Caddis Fly Chimarrha Atterima Caddis Fly Hydropsyche Slossonae Caddis Fly Order: Megaloptera Family: Sialidae or Alder Flies Sialis Infumata Alder Fly Family Corydalidae Genus Chau1i0des Fish Flies Chauliodes Serricornis Fish Fly Chauliodes Pectinicornis Fish Fly Family Corydalidae Genus Corydalis the Dobson Flies Corydalis Cornuta Dobson Fly Order Plecoptera Stone Flies Isoperla Bilineata Stone Fly Alloperla Imbecilla Stone Fly Order Diptera Order Diptera Family Chironomidae the Midges Chironomus Plumosus Midge Chironomus Modestus Midge Chironomus Lobiferus Midge Order Diptera Family Tipulidae the Crane Flies Tipula Bicornis Crane Fly Antocha Saxicola Crane Fly Tipula Bella Crane Fly Order Diptera Family Simulidae the Black Flies Order Diptera Family Bibionidae the March Flies Order Diptera Order Diptera Family Tabanidae the Horseflies or Deerflies Order Diptera Order Diptera Family Sarcophagidae the Blowfly Order Diptera Family Syrphidae the Drone Flies Order Diptera Family Stratiomyiidae the Soldier Flies and Cow Dung Flies Order Diptera Order Diptera Family Empididae the Dance Flies Order Odonata Suborder Zygoptera the Damsel Flies Order Odonata Suborder Anisoptera the Dragonflies Order Odonata Order Coleoptera Aquatic Beetles Order Hemiptera the Water Bugs Order Hemiptera Family Gerridae Water Striders Order Hemiptera Family Nepidae the Water Scorpions Order Hemiptera Family Nont0nectidae the Back Swimmers Order Hemiptera Family Corixidae the Water Boatman Order Hemiptera the Cicadas Order Hydracarina the Water Mites Order Hymenoptera Family Formicidae the Ants Order Isoptera the Termites Order Orthoptera The Grasshoppers, Crickets, Locusts and Katydids Order Mecoptera Family Panorpidae the Scorpion Flies Order Hymenoptera the Sawflies Order Lepidoptera the Moths Elophila Fulicalis Aquatic Moth Nymphula Maculaus Aquatic Moth Order Neuroptera the Lace Wings Order Amphipoda the Scuds or Fresh-Water Shrimp Order Isopoda the Sow Bugs

CHAPTER VI – TYING STREAMERS, HAIR OR FEATHER WINGED  ..238

Putting Eyes on Streamers Making Large Heads on Streamers Guy Hi1debrandt’s Cellulite Floss Streamer Making Trolling and Spinning Streamers with Wiggling Discs Orange Ghost Herter’s Hook Harness Double and Triple Tandem Streamers Making Streamer Wings with Rooster Neck and Saddle Hackle Feathers Making Britain’s Ythan Type of Streamer Old Indian Type of Bone Streamer Alaskan Troller Streamer Scotch Tube Fly Saint George Dragon Tube Streamer Chief Needahbeh Biplane Type of Streamer Dressing New Zealand Bloody Lure Jacques P. Herter Attractor Method of Fishing Streamers and his Famous Christmas Tree Streamer Jacques P. Herter Famous Balloon Streamer Jacques P. Herter Trolling Streamers with Live Minnows Hook Sizes for Streamers

CHAPTER VII – TYING THE WET TROUT FLY ..254 CHAPTER VIII – TYING THE CONVENTIONAL TROUT DRY FLY ..259

Dry Flies Tied In Reverse Hook Bend-Up Dry Flies

CHAPTER IX — TYING THE BIVISIBLE DRY FLY … 266

Jacques P, Herter Method of Making Dry Flies Tying a Dry Fly with Wild Boar Dry Flies or Javelina Belly Hair Legs

CHAPTER X – TYING THE CRANE FLY, SPIDERS AND VARIANTS ..272 CHAPTER XI – TYING NYMPHS AND LARVAE  ..275

Tying Nymphs, Larvae and General Information on Nymphs and Larvae General Principles to Follow in Tying Nymphs Weighting Nymph and Larvae Bodies Making Translucent Nymphs and Larvae Making Fur Bodied Nymphs and Larvae Belgian Method of Making Flies, Nymphs and Streamers with Felted Fur Bodies Making Flat Nymphs and Larvae Probable General Preference of Trout for Some Well-Known Nymphs and Larvae Historical Note One General Method of Tying a Burrowing Type of May Fly Nymph Imitations of Cased Caddis Larvae Nymph and Larvae Made from Liquid Rubber One Method of Tying an Attractor Type of Nymph Attractor Type Nymphs and Larvae Ray Bergman Nymph No. 1 Hewitt Nymph No. 1 Ed Burke Nymph Ray Bergman Translucent The Gray Nymph and Schmitt’s Nymph A Word on Nymph Fishing The Cicadellidae Tiny Land Beetles Herter’s Inchworm Making Caddis Flies From Natural Caddis Cases

CHAPTER XII – SALMON FLY AND STREAMER TYING … 293

Salmon Dry Flies Other Salmon Fly Patterns Cains River Type Salmon Streamer Flies Riffling a Salmon Fly or Streamer Moulded Transparent Plastic Salmon Flies as Used in Norway Mills Method of Making Wet Salmon Flies World Famous “Sixteen” Classic Salmon Fly Patterns Hair Wing Salmon Flies Palmer Dry Flies for Salmon Cains River Type Hackle Wing Salmon Streamers Norwegian Rubber Wing Salmon Flies Treble Hook Salmon Fly

CHAPTER XIII – STEELHEAD TROUT FLIES …315 CHAPTER XIV – MAKING WIRE BODIED FLIES AND STREAMERS ..322 CHAPTER XV – HOW TO MAKE BUBPLERS …327 CHAPTER XVI – MAKING CORK AND PLASTIC BUGS AND LURES …329 CHAPTER XVII – HAIR BODIED MICE, FLIES, MOTHS, FROGS ETC …336

Making a Hollow Hair Bodied Mouse Hollow Hair Headed Minnows Making a Hollow Hair Moth Tying a Hollow Hair Frog Making a Hollow Hair Grasshopper Hollow Hair Bodied Flies or Streamers Making a Hollow Hair Crayfish  Making the Whiskerbug

CHAPTER XVIII – THE MISSISSIPPI BUG …353 CHAPTER XIX — FLIES FOR WINTER FISHING … 356 CHAPTER XX – SPINNING OR THREAD LINE LURES …362

How to Make Spinning Streamers That Wiggle La Guilloisette and the Petit Poisson Jacques P. Herter Wobbling Streamers and Bucktails for Trolling, Spinning and Casting Brass Tube Trolling and Spinning Streamers or Bucktails The Scotch Bully Minnow Special Poppers for Spinning How to Make French Type Spinners for Spinning

CHAPTER XXI – DENSE GRAINED SPONGE RUBBER LURES . 380

CHAPTER XXII – MAKING MOLDED RUBBER LURES …. 383

Rubber Pilken Fish or German Crab

CHAPTER XXIII – MAKING MOLDED SOFT PLASTIC LURES. .. 336 CHAPTER XXIV – MAKING PLUGS, PLASTIC AND WOOD …. 388

CHAPTER XXV – SPINNER AND METAL LURE MAKING  .. 391

Jacques P. Herter Controlled Action Spoon Fresh-Water Lead Headed Jigs Gapen Min-O-Mate Lead Headed Jig

CHAPTER XXVI – SALT-WATER FISHING FLIES AND LURES ..397

Flies for Sailfish Making Effective Bonefish Lures with Indiana and Colorado Spinner  Blades Jacques P. Herter Type of Salt and Fresh-Water Jig

CHAPTER XXVII – WINTER ICE FISHING JIGS AND WINTER ICE SPEARING JIGS …406

CHAPTER XXVIII – IMPORTED AND DOMESTIC NYLONS ….408

Nylon Limp Diameters and Tests of Nylon General Characteristics of Nylon Knots to “Use to Fasten Flies or Hooks to Leaders Nylon is Made in Two Distinct Grades of Suppleness  Bait Hook and Swivel Knots Crimped Nylon Leader Making Knots Knotless Nylon Leaders Leader End Loop Knots Removing Shine of Leaders Leader Dropper Knots Nylon Covered Wire Line to Leader Knots Scientifically Tested Knots to on Nylon Use AFTMA Fly Line Standards

CHAPTER XXIX – STREAMERS, WET AND DRY FLY PATTERNS … 427

General Guide to the Patterns Wet Flies with Woven Hair Streamers Joe Herter Lushbugs Streamers and Flies with Translucent Polyethylene Bodies Dry Fly Patterns Hair Wing Fly Patterns Wet Fly Patterns Feather and Hair Equivalents

CHAPTER XXX – HERTER BAIT FISH HVIITATIONS FOR ADVANCED FLY TYERS 505 CHAPTER XXXI — HERTER’S RUDDER FLIES AND STREAMERS 540

CHAPTER XXXII — GRAYLING FLY PATTERNS … 542

CHAPTER XXXIII — THE BEST NON—IMITATION PATTERNS … 545

Herter’s Leader Fly Attractor

CHAPTER XXXIV — TYING BUCKTAIL TREBLE HOOKS …548

The Roy Conn Method of Making Bucktails

CHAPTER XXXV – SELLING FISHING TACKLE, DISCOUNTS ETC … 559

Federal Excise Tax on Fishing How the Sportsman’s Dollar is Tackle Items Spent

CHAPTER XXXVI — FACTS ABOUT FISH .. 554

Daylight Fluorescent Colors to Attract Fish Do Fish Have a Memory? Do Fish Sleep‘? Daylight Fluorescent Paints and Lacquers? What Colors Can Be Seen the Furthest Can Fish Distinguish Colors? Why Fish Strike What Fish See Can Fish Smell? How Far Do Fish See‘? ‘ D0 Fish Have a Sense of Taste? Do Fish Hear Sound? Water Radar Can Fish Talk? Porpoise Responsible for New Submarine Speeds Are Fish Intelligent’?

CHAPTER XXXVII — NORTH AMERICA’S POSITION IN THE FLY FISHING WORLD .. 577

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