Boost your fly tying and fishing skills with in-depth pointers from a modern tying expert.
Esteemed commercial fly tier Rich Strolis shares his most effective patterns as well as the inspiration behind them to help you develop your own flies.
This comprehensive fly tying guide features dry flies, emergers, nymphs, and streamers for all seasons with insight on how to fish them and 500+ color photos.
- Discover how to tie 20 of Rich's favorite custom flies, including the Ice Pick, the Headbanger Sculpin, and the Shimmer Stone, as well as multiple variations for each pattern.
- Learn how to fine-tune your own flies and tie patterns for any situation.
- Covers a wide variety of tying materials, from the newest synthetics to traditional natural materials.
Many of the patterns you'll tie in Catching Shadows use Fish-Skull® and Nymph-Head® fly tying materials such as the Articulated Shank™, Baitfish Heads™, the Fish-Mask™, the Sculpin Helmet™, Living Eyes™, and Evolution™ Stonefly tungsten beadheads.
Rich Strolis started as a guide on the ever popular Farmington and Housatonic Rivers in Connecticut. He later transitioned his work to commercial tying, speaking engagements and teaching many facets of both fly fishing and fly tying across the Northeast and Eastern seaboard. Although his fly patterns are based out of the Northeast, they have a strong following and relevancy across the globe and have been tied and fished by many as a result of his library of online videos. He's a signature fly designer for the Montana Fly Company, which currently produces twenty-two of his patterns. His patterns have appeared in several national magazines and books, including Flyfisherman, Eastern Fly Fishing and many more. Rich is a well-rounded trout fisherman, but his passion lies in chasing trophy trout and various other apex predators on streamers. He lives in Simsbury, Connecticut, with his wife, Megan, and two daughters, Tessa and Nora.
- "Rich has put together the best of both worlds – a collection of deadly patterns, along with a highly informative narrative on how to fish them. Being a fly customer of Rich's for several years, I can say with ease that his patterns are some of the best out there. Catching Shadows is a must-read for anyone who wants cutting-edge fly designs and solid fishing tactics."
-George Daniel, author of Strip-Set: Fly Fishing Techniques, Tactics, & Patterns for Streamers.
"Rich's ability to pass on his knowledge and passion for fly fishing and tying is evident in Catching Shadows. If you're looking for an understandable, well-written book coupled with concise tying instructions, this is certainly for you. It's no secret that Rich is deep-rooted in his pursuit of the brown trout. Rich has provided insight you can only obtain with a serious investment of personal time both on the water and behind the vise."
-Greg Senyo, author of Fusion Fly Tying: Steelhead, Salmon, and Trout Flies of the Synthetic Era.
"I really enjoyed Rich's style and delivery of the material in this book. Instructions are very straight-forward and simple to understand. The step-by-step photos are well done, and the descriptions make it easy for tiers to understand what he is trying to relate to them. Rich's firsthand accounts on how to fish each fly should help all anglers visualize what the flies are doing underwater, as well as how and why you build certain materials into the flies. Bottom line is, this book has something for every level of angler/tier and would be a great addition to any tier's collection."