John Shewey is the world's leading authority on the history and tying of Spey flies simply because they caught his fancy in the 1980s and over the years he has conducted more research on the topic by far than anyone else. His vision for this new incarnation of his original Spey Flies (Amato Publications, 2002) includes a tremendous upgrade from the original, an entirely new book, in fact because he has uncovered so many historical facts, intrigues, people, and flies that have never been compiled in a single volume, or even presented in any form to the interested audience. His original Spey Flies was graphically rich; the new book is far more so. Full color w/ fly recipes; 8x10.5 inches, 288 pgs.
Within fly tying, and within steelhead and salmon angling, Spey flies occupy a substantial niche. These flies are exceptionally popular in America, not only on the steelhead coast, but nationwide among fly tying enthusiasts, and they enjoy a substantial popularity worldwide.
John Shewey is an Oregon-based veteran steelhead fly angler, journalist, photographer, author, and noted fly tier whose elegant steelhead flies have earned national prominence. The editor-in-chief of the Northwest Fly Fishing magazine group, John has written hundreds of articles and published countless photographs and to date has authored more than a dozen books. He appears frequently as a speaker at club meetings, conclaves, and sports shows around the country.