LISTEN TO
THE RIVER

Take your flytying skills to the next level with Steve Thornton's flytying books

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Ammonite nymphs

FLYTYERS The BOOK encompassing 100 of the most recognised, skilled and respected flytyers worldwide.

Learn to tie patterns that 'match the hatch'
-
Step up a gear
& catch more fish
with techniques that

will even improve your

everyday tyings...

 

Have a look through some pages

Listen to the River. Vol 1 & 2. Take your flytying skills to the next level...

21 Patterns in Vol 1

14 Patterns in Vol 2

foreword by Mike Martinek

INTRODUCTION by Steve Thornton

 

TYING THE STONEFLY NYMPH - Song of the Wagtail

Stonefly

 

TYING CADDIS FLIES - A Tail of Caddis

Soft Bodied hatching Caddis pupa

Hatching Grannum pupa

Rhycophila larva

Hydropsyche larva

Adult Sedge

Spent Sedge

Cased Caddis

 

TYING MAYFLIES

Burrowing Mayfly Nymph

Stoneclinging Mayfly Nymph

Adult Caenis

Spent Ephemera

Hatching Mayfly

Hatching Mayfly - Winged stage

 

TYING THE FRESHWATER SHRIMP

The Fresh Water Shrimp

 

TYING SMUTS, MIDGES & BEETLES

Hatching Smut

Midge pupa

The Leaf Beetle

 

TYING GENERIC SEARCHING PATTERNS

The Ammonite Nymph - Generic searching nymph

The Haversack Nymph - Generic hatching ephemera nymph

The CAM Emerger - Generic emerging dry fly

 

TYING TECHNIQUES & FLYTYING TOOLS

Hackle preparation

Shrimp legs

Porcupine guard hair legs

Stonefly wingbuds - Poly-wing method

Caddis & Stonefly legs

Tails & Antenna’s

Selecting CDC

Lighting & Magnifiers

The Vice & working tools

Scissors & Bobbins

 

MATCH THE HATCH SWATCHES - Colour Swatches

Nymph Skin Swatch

Flexi-Skin Swatch

 

foreword by Bob Mead

Introduction by Steve Thornton

The Creative Flytyer
Flytying methods & thoughts

 

TYING NYMPHS

Heptagenid Nymph

The Hair-Rig Stonefly Nymph

Darting Nymph

The Ammonite Nymph (revised)

 

TYING HATCHING NYMPHS & PUPA

Hatching Heptagenid Nymph

Hatching Caddis

Hatching Olive

Hatching Mayfly

 

TYING THE DRY FLY

CAM Emerger (revised)

Detached Bodied CAM Emerger

Needle Fly

Adult Stonefly

Spent Ephemera (revised)

 

AN INTRODUCTION INTO THE ART OF STREAMER FISHING

The Baptizer

 

Prices Volume 2;
Working Edition Vol 2 - £29.95 (Ring bound)
Clothbound Edition Vol 2 - £54.95
Faux Leather Edition Vol 2 - £65.00
Cream Goatskin Leather collectors Edition in Red Slip case - £230.00

Prices Volume 1;
Working Edition Vol 1 - Sold out (Ring bound)
Clothbound Edition Vol 1 - Sold out
Cream Goatskin Leather Collectors Edition in red slip case - £430.00

The Spent Ephemera
Listen to the River - Volumes 1 & 2

What's on my bookshelf

Steve Thornton's bookshelf. Author of Listen to the River Volumes 1 & 2

BOOKS ¬

PUPA ¬

CADDIS  ¬

HYDRO ¬

STONEFLY ¬

SHRIMPS ¬

AMMONITES ¬

CAM EMERGER ¬

SPINNERS ¬

OLIVES ¬

BAPTIZER ¬

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Listen to the River Volume 2 working edition.

Dyneema thread. The only thread I use with ST bobbin holders.

Preparing Porcupine guard hairs in glycerine ready for tying...

Aquatic insects collected for flytying reference.

Tintin. Something else I collect...

My Ammonite fossil which inspired me to create the Ammonite Nymph.

A rare working edition of Listen to the River volume 1.

Working editions of Listen to the River volume 2.

Leather collectors editions of Listen to the River volume 2.

Guinness. Great things come to those who wait...

My favourite stream rod, a Hardy Marksman 10ft 3 weight.

Rare leather collectors editions of Listen to the River volume 1.

Clothbound editions of Listen to the River volume 2.

Faux leather editions of Listen to the River volume 2.

Charles Darwin. My inspiration for flytying and personal photography.

My flytying notebook. Presented to me by that great realistic American flytyer; Bill Logan.

Earnest Schwiebert. A great influence in my fly fishing education who
became a good friend. Sadly missed...

A gift from my Grandad when I was 9 years old.

Hardy Zane Grey salt water reel. Number 2.

LAW Anti-reverse reel - 3/4 weight. The reel I use all the time.

My fly box; containing only my patterns... That’s it...

Long range precision rifle shooting. Another hobby.
Bronze Team GB medal won at the world championships 2013 in USA.

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