As fly fishing for trout becomes an ever more popular outdoor pursuit in North America, many enthusiasts are fueling their passion by learning to tie their own flies. This complete creative process, from concept to finished pattern, is lavishly represented here in hundreds of close-up, color photographs, demonstrating the beautiful feathers, tinsels, and other materials that comprise trout flies and the step-by-step methods used to assemble them.
Mike Mercer is one of America's best-known designers of original trout flies. His patterns are consistently among the top-selling flies distributed to fly shops in North America. He lives in Redding, California.