Fresh & thought-provoking insights; Mike's expertise comes from a lifetime spent on the water fishing & guiding, studying prey & fish feeding habits. Reveals the evolutions and epiphanies that went into the creation of 12 of his favorite innovative patterns: Gold Bead Poxyback Green Drake Nymph, Copper Bead Micro Z-Wing Caddis, Profile Spinner, Rag Sculpin, Micro Mayfly Nymph, Alaska Lemming, PMD Trigger Nymph, Gold Bead Biot Epoxy Golden Stone Nymph, Sac Fry, Rag Hex Nymph, Zebra Midgeling, Glasstail Caddis Pupa.
Most fly fishers think of tying flies in one of two ways: as a taskówork necessary to keep their fly boxes full while saving a few dollarsóor as an eternally fascinating extension of their fishing. To creative minds, designing trout flies can be a never-ending puzzle. It's always on their minds, teasing at their thoughts. Northern California's Mike Mercer is a card-carrying, dues-paying member of this group. Fortunate to have fished most of the planet's great fly-fishing destinations in his 40-plus years, Mike brings fresh and thought-provoking insights to the art of fly tying. These concepts are drawn from a lifetime spent on the water fishing and guiding, studying the prey and feeding habits of fish.