Books on fly tying and fly fishing by one of America's pre-eminent flyfishing authors. Because Jack self-publishes, these books are not available anywhere else. This is where you get them! Books are listed alphabetically by title.
Note: The Fly Fisherman's Guide to Boston Harbor is currently out of stock. A fully updated revised edition is targeted for availability in Spring 2018. Apologies for the delay.
This book contains all of Jack's best-known fresh water patterns. The Sparrow, Gartside Pheasant Hopper, Soft Hackle Streamer, Firefly Mayflies and Caddis, CPF (chicken-poop) flies, the Gartside Gurgler (with 20 variations!) and many more unusual and innovative designs are here to challenge the tyer and to entice the fish. Over 200 original patterns.
156 pages, spiral-bound.
Original and effective salt water fly patterns for striped bass, bluefish, bonefish, tarpon, permit, redfish, sea trout, snook, and other salt water species. Contains all of my best-known salt water patterns such as the Gartside Sand Eel, the Gurgler, the Floating Minnow, the BeastMaster, the FishHead, the BeastMaster General, and the Soft Hackle Streamer.
240 pages, spiral-bound.
Scratching the Surface is a book unlike any I've written before. It includes stories from my life as a fly fisherman, more particularly stories centered around fishing with some of my favorite surface (and slightly subsurface) flies. Set in various locations (Montana, Massachusetts, the Florida Keys and Mexico), some of the stories are strange but all are true and all, I hope, will be enjoyable to read.
In addition to the stories, the book also contains the dressings and unusual techniques used in creating these patterns, along with illustrated step-by-step instructions and thoughts on fly tying. Whether you fish in fresh water or salt, tie your own flies or not, you'll enjoy this book.
Chapters include: Minnows at Midnight, Pheasant Hopper Memories, The Pheasant Caddis and Stonefly, Ants in Your Pants, The Yellow Bivisible, The Hoverbug Variations (or How the Gurgler Got to Be the Gurgler), The BeastMaster, plus a special chapter, Deer Hair Magic (or How I Gave Up Spinning and Learned to Love Deer Hair), detailing my own original and extraordinarily easy method for working with deer hair.
68 pages, paper-bound.
Secret Flies for Fresh and Salt Water reveals revolutionary and exquisitely simple fly tying techniques I've developed for use with Gartside's Secret Stuff. Gartside's Secret Stuff (GSS for short) is a unique tying material that lets you create unusual and beautiful flies that combine realism and action. Packed with illustrated step-by-step instructions and tips for working with GSS, Secret Flies for Fresh and Salt Water gives recipes for over 50 patterns and ideas and inspiration for hundreds more.
100 pages, spiral-bound.
Secret Fly Kit: Get a discount when you order Secret Flies with 2 packs of Secret Stuff. Read about it here.
Striper Strategies sums up everything of importance you need to know to become a consistently successful striped bass fisherman wherever and whenever you fish. This book tells you what the other books don't and can't: the secrets of a Striper bum. Chapters on reading the water, finding the fish, when and where to fish, choosing and using flies, presentation, unusual and effective retrieves, understanding tides, solving common mysteries and much more.
"Surely one of the most remarkable striper-fishing manuals to see the light of day...You could look long and hard to find another book that will do more to help your striper fishing." Steve Raymond, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters
The long-awaited second edition features over 50 additional pages, new fly dressings, new photographs, and a full color cover.
128 pages, paper-bound.