A book detailing new, novel, and proven, methods of fly tying and fishing on an extremely low budget for these financially tough times.

Behind the Fly Five Homemade Fly Tying Vises You Can Build with Complete Plans, History, and More!, by author, environmental educator, fly tyer and fisherman, Ed Engelman

This book details an extremely low budget approach to building your own equipment to tie fishing flies and also how to tie low budget flies.  (Flies are fishing hooks with materials fastened with thread to them to entice a fish.  Since the flies are light, fly fishing developed techniques and equipment to enable an angler to place the fly in a place where fish will see and/or hear the fly and will ingest it.)  With just a little bit of imagination and work, fly tying materials can be obtained from old clothing, hardware, and packing materials.

Today more than ever young people spend less time outdoors and more time in sedentary electronic pastimes.  This leads to less contact with the natural environment.  Today many writers that discuss beginning a hobby of fly tying say that a reasonable cost is between $150 and $400.

This book shows a way that a person, young or old, can get started in fly tying and fishing with flies by building their own tools for less than the price of a ticket to the movies.  While fly tying is an indoor activity, it can be a motivator for getting outdoors.  The goal of fly tying is to create a fly that will stimulate a feeding response in fish.  Once brought to the angler’s hand the fish can be released back into the natural environment.

This book also explores the early history of fly tying and use of the fly tying vise to hold the hook securely while yarn, tinsel, foam, and feathers are added to a hook.  Fly tying is a craft, or art, that leads the tyer to observe natural insects, and other fish prey, and their behaviors 

Ed Engelman enjoys teaching others the joys of fishing as well as spending time with rod and reel himself.  For the last 15 years, he has been creating low budget fly tying vises and leading 4-H members, Boy Scouts, and high school students in building and using their own fly tying vises.  He also leads youth in stream monitoring and the study of aquatic macroinvertebrates in ponds and streams.  Currently he teaches science to high school students within a variety of career and technical education programs.  Ed formerly worked as a specialist for the Sportfishing and Aquatics Resource Education Program (SAREP), and Camp Ranger/Property Manager for a New York State Girl Scout council.

"Behind the Fly" a new book on building your own fly tying vise and extremely low budget fly tying and fishing by Ed Engelman