Saturday, February 21, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Modern Midges and Modern Terrestrials - Takahashi and Hubka

As the forecasted snow starts to fall along the front range of Colorado, it is a great time to build that fire, tie some flies or break out a favorite read from your shelf. I want to share two books that should be a part of your library.
"Tying and Fishing the World's Most Effective Patterns..." 
Rick Takahashi and Jerry Hubka are to Northern Colorado fly fishing royalty that have managed to take their backgrounds in education and the passion each has for fly fishing and create two master pieces that will no doubt find themselves adorning the shelves of fly fishers and tiers young and old alike.


Modern Midges:
Contains larva, pupa, emergers and adult patters. Actual images of insects collected during outings. Recipes to over 800 midges and variations. Easy to follow steps accompanied with amazing digital image. Tactics for fishing the midges in a variety of conditions and approaches from 23 fly fishing and tying masters such as Barr, Borger, Chan, Craven, Dorsey and Engle to name a few. 


Modern Terrestrials:
Contains ants, beetles,hoppers, crickets, cicadas and a variety of other patterns. Actual images of insects collected and seen during outings. Recipes to over 900 terrestrials.Easy to follow steps accompanied with amazing digital images.Tactics for fishing the terrestrials in a variety of conditions and using varied approaches from 31 fly fishing and tying masters such as Craven, Dorsey, Engle, Morris, Pettine and Ritt to name a few.


Hard covers with internal spiral binding
Functionality: Both books are published in a manner that allows the books to be read, browsed through or placed on the tying bench as you follow one of the 800 plus recipes found inside tying the midge or terrestrial that catches your eye. Both books have hard bound front and back covers; however, both are actually spiral bound inside to add to the functionality of each book. The binding allows the book to lie flat which makes it easy to use at the bench. Hassle free!

Whether you purchase the books to use at your bench, admire the amazing images of fish and scenery inside or to learn more about the use of midges and terrestrials...add them to your collection. Both Rick and Jerry are amazing spirits and will provide you a signature in exchange for a smile and a hand shake.

Both books are published by Headwater Books, www.headwaterbooks.com, a division of Stackpole Books out of Mechanicsburg, PA

Well worth the read and guaranteed to be a mainstay at your tying bench!

Happy Nymphing!

10 comments:

  1. Welcome back to the blogging world Al! I'm going to be checking these out as soon as I can.

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    1. Howard! Thanks for always being there! Life happens sometimes; however, I will make up for MIA in 2014. Thanks for the continued support my friend and we will get on the water together soon.

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  2. Thanks for the recommendations. I'll certainly take a look at these.

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    1. They are well worth the read! The patterns are varied and can be changed up to meet regional sizes, color variations and tying materials! Hope you get a couple of ideas look forward to your post! Tightlines!

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  3. You know me, the warm water guy, well, I could see me applying either of these two books to the style of fishing I prefer. Thanks for sharing and doing the review.

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    1. Mel! The terrestrials would be right up your alley! Everything from grasshoppers to mice! I can see you landing everything from crappie to bass with the patterns, not to mention your tying skills and abilites to make variants of some of the patterns. Tightlines my friend, stay warm and look forward to cchasin some bass with ya this year!

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  4. Al
    Will give a look see---thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill! I know you would find tons of useful patterns in the books for both warm and cold water species! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Al, thanks for taking the time to review these books. Modern Midges is one of my favorite fly tying resources. I'm planning on picking up Modern Terrestrials soon, since fishing big juicy hoppers is one of my favorite things! Is there a nymph version of a hopper? If so, you can fish one and see how much fun it is. Ha!

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    1. Always the comedian! The nymph version of a hopper is the indicator! Both books should be on your desk buddy!

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Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully you found something that interested you. Leave a comment and I'll get back to ya. Happy Nymphing!