Northwest Fly Tyer

The fly tying pages of Monte Smith


This is probably the most valuable page on this humble site.  Gathered below are selected works from some of the giants of our sport:  Blacker, Francis Francis, Kelson, Capt. Hale, Pryce-Tannatt, and others.  Many are rare works difficult to obtain by other means.  If you have not had the pleasure of going to the original source for a pattern, reading it within the author’s context, and then dressing the fly using the author’s techniques, I highly recommend it.  There is a treasure trove of historical information available to anyone with internet access.

All of these works are out of copyright and in the public domain (i.e. they are free).  The files are in .pdf format, so you will need the free Adobe Acrobat reader to view these works.  You may wish to go to a digital repository such as or Google Books to download these books in another format.  Either way, a big thank you to the contributors at these organizations who make these public domain works available to all.

Below are some of my favorite classic texts, leaning pretty heavily to the salmon fly.  However, there are works on wet flies for trout, the flies of Mary Orvis Marbury, a dictionary of trout and bass flies along with many others.  If you have suggestions for other works you think should be included, please let me know.  In the meantime…enjoy!

(Click on Title for .pdf download)

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