Master Catskill fly tyer Mike Valla has just released his new book, The Founding Flies. Mike grew up near the Catskills and was friends with Walt and Winnie Dette. He grew up learning from the masters themselves. In this book Mike covers 43 American Masters.
I just purchased Mike’s previous book, Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies and I love it! I’ve been pouring over it. He covers a lot of history, patterns, and if you want to learn how to tie Catskill-Style dry flies, it is a must. So I have no doubt his new book will be just as good.
Mike Valla will be signing books at Dette Trout Flies fly shop in Roscoe, NY on August 10th. Go to the Dette Trout Flies website to see more details.
• Color photos of the flies plus recipes for nearly 300 flies—a majority original patterns tied by the masters themselves.
• The flies were developed on waters across America from California to Wyoming to Wisconsin and from Maine to Michigan to Pennsylvania to West Virginia.