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"The Feather Mechanic" - Now in stock!

Updated: Oct 8, 2021


If you follow developments in the fly fishing world, then by now you may have seen reference to a new book on fly tying, The Feather Mechanic: A fly tying philosophy in various online discussion boards and facebook sites dedicated to fly fishing and fly tying. The Feather Mechanic is actually South African angler Gordon van der Spuy, who for a while now has been writing on his philosophy towards fly tying, with his mantra being "form follows function."


The reviews for this book - perhaps the most significant in the world of fly tying for the last decade have been overwhelmingly positive, and the book itself is a work or art - packed with drawings and macro photographs to further illustrate the subject being covered.


Gordon has recently been featured in April Vokey's Anchored Outdoors channel, where he covers in detail his approach to fly tying, and runs through a few of his patterns to demonstrate his philosophy in action.




I had been trying to get my hands on a copy for quite a while - but it is hard to come by in New Zealand.


Until now.


We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Gordon to be able to distribute The Feather Mechanic in New Zealand. The book is now listed on our online store, including an option for limited amount of copies signed by Gordon. It will be showing as "Out of Stock" as the books are in transit from South Africa, but you have the option of entering your details which will see you receive an automatic alert as soon as we mark the books as being available. So if you don't want to miss out, then sign up now. Hell, we'll even throw in some swag Dry Rise stickers for your fly box.


Check it out in our store here:



So if you tie flies, or (know someone who does) or are a collector of fly fishing literature, then don't miss out. And with Christmas just around the corner, then what better gift for that special angler in your life!


And in case you need any further convincing, here are just a few reviews to date:


Fly Life Australia - "a stand out amongst recently released fly books"


Global Fly Fisherman - "I have been looking forward to this book for a while. And it doesn’t disappoint"

Flyfishing and Flytying magazine UK - "Smashing book! Very readable, good ideas and plenty of energy and enthusiasm."

Tom Sutcliffe (South African fly-fishing icon)-" I rate this book among the very best ever published on that oft-times confounding, but always captivating addiction, called fly tying."



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