A collection of Rick Takahashi’s most effective fly designs, this book emphasizes Rick’s background in art (color and design theory) as well as share tying tips and fishing methods. Takahashi was the primary author of Modern Midges and Modern Terrestrials and while recipes for his flies were included in these books, the tying steps and stories behind them were not. Flies included in the book will cover the range of trout fly design possibilities and the major food groups. 60 B/W illustrations, 4 color illustrations, 500 color photos; 8.5 x 11 inches, 224 pgs.
Rick Takahashi is one of the most innovative minds in the world of fly design, and his ability to share his knowledge during his fly tying seminars is unparalleled. All fly tiers from beginners to experts should have Rick’s new book on their shelf. (John S. Barr, author of Barr Flies (Stackpole))
With energy and passion to spare, Rick brings a simple and elegant approach to fly design. His willingness to share these skills is limitless. (Dave Student, Fly Specialist, Umpqua Feather Merchants)
Fly tying is an art form that requires creativity and attention to details. For over a decade I have had the pleasure of working with Rick Takahashi, using his flies on the water and techniques on the vise. Anglers of all skill levels will benefit from The Fly Tying Artist. (Landon Mayer, author of 101 Trout Tips (Stackpole) and Colorado’s Best Fly Fishing (Stackpole))
All fly tyers are artists, some of them are just much better than others. Rick Takahashi is one of those other guys who melds fly tying and art into a single medium, creating flies that catch fish and capture our imaginations. Prepare to look at flies in a whole different way when you read this book. (Charlie Craven, author of Tying Nymphs (Headwater Books) and Charlie Craven’s Basic Fly Tying (Stackpole), and president of Charlie’s Fly Box fly shop in Arvada, Colorado).
By Rick Takahashi - 2018