Mayflies And More by Chris Sandford
Subtitled "A Flytyers' Guide to the Chalkstreams", this DVD and fly tying booklet covers ten of Chris's favourite tried and tested fly patterns and variations such as the 'No Hackle' Mayfly, the Might Eric and of course the by now infamous (thanks to Simon Cooper's One Fly Challenge) Ducking Feadly!
Chris is well known for his fishing - as a fly fisher, a vintage tackle collector and a fly tyer. Many of his innovative patterns have been featured in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying and on Sky Sports' TV show Tight Lines.
In this DVD and booklet Chris has combined his knowledge of fly tying with his film production and presenting expertise to demonstrate the tying of flies that he has developed for fishing the rivers and still waters of southern England.
The 70-minute DVD contains 10 films that demonstrate the tying of 10 flies. The accompanying 32-page, full colour booklet gives step by step details for tying the same flies, illustrated with extraordinarily detailed photographs.
'Chris . . . is a story-teller and knows how to appear before camera and vice without being boring . . . Critically, he is an accomplished fly-tyer . . . Recommended' - Trout & Salmon
'. . . beautifully produced, as is the DVD, which is suffused with authority, humour and lightness of touch . . . a delightful and delightfully unusual approach to fly-tying instruction' - Peter Lapsley, Flyfishers' Journal
To see a sample of Mayflies & More - and find out what Geoffrey Palmer thinks of fly tying watch the short video below!
What shines through in this delightful DVD and booklet Mayflies and More package from Chris Sandford, apart from his obvious fly tying skills, is his ease in front of a camera. Originally an actor by profession (or as Chris might say - ac-tor), being able to talk into the camera naturally gives the distinct impression you really are getting a one to one session with the man himself. You could almost be sitting comfortably in an armchair in the same room, glass of something warming in hand while your own private flytying lap dance plays out in front of you.
The production values also stand out nicely with good lighting and a colourful and interesting backdrop of part of Chris's vintage tackle collection all adding to the rich and sumptuous viewing experience. Match this with the excellent and detailed step-by-step photography and instructions in the accompanying booklet, and there really is no reason that you will not soon be knocking out the same flies as Chris no matter what your skill level or experience to date. I'd leave the quips and one-liners to the expert though!
With a good mix of fly patterns from dries to depth-charging nymphs, there is something for every season and water condition and if you were tying up a bunch of patterns for a box then you will not go wrong with this selection.
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