VEM Publishing: Looking Back
Flytyers of the World Series


VEM Publishing was best known for their publishing of fly fishing books. This was their website for several years where it promoted the Flytyers of the World series. The Fly Tyers of the World series was a stunning new series of casebound, limited edition, numbered books designed and photographed by Steve Thornton. Broken up into 5 volumes, Fly Tyers of the World offered a unique and personal insight into 100 of the world’s best known flytyers and their fly tying techniques. Each book features 20 of the worlds best known flytyers with hundreds of high quality images of fly patterns and dressings.

The site also linked to fly fishing exhibitions and Steve Thornton's Photography site.

At some point the site's domain registration expired and VEM Publishing disappeared from the web. The new owners of the site, avid fly fishermen decided to resuscitate part of the original site's content (mainly the fly fishing books) from its archived pages.
Please note that none of the books presented below are no longer available via this site. We even checked on Amazon! However we were able to find a 2008 1st edition of FLYTYERS OF THE WORLD. VOLUME TWO on www.abebooks.com at a hefty 159.00 US! The seller is PAUL MORGAN, a leading dealer in scarce, out-of-print & new books on fishing and field sports.

The Flytyers of the World series were the ultimate multiple volume compendium of International flytyers. For those of us fly tying enthusiasts who have any or all five volumes, the books will always be cherished.

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Circa 2009

 

NEWS UPDATE – NEWS UPDATE – NEWS UPDATE – NEWS UPDATE

Flytyers of the World – Volume 3. The latest volume in this stunning series of limited editions.

ORDER YOUR COPY AND ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ONE OF THE FIRST TO RECEIVE COPIES

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Flytyers of the World is now being cleared for final printing. As the books are hand finished we will be receiving batches of around 100 copies at a time, for final numbering, and hand embossing. These will be shipped in the same sequence as the orders are received – i.e. first come, first served.

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE VOLUME 1 & VOLUME 2 – ORDER NOW TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE THE SAME LIMITED EDITION NUMBER.

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A Flytying encyclopedia ….. a unique publishing first. Limited editions of 1000 casebound copies. Each individually numbered and hand embossed.

This five volume compendium features a hundred of the world’s best known flytyers. Volume's 1 & 2 are already published and on sale now. And volume 3 is shipping this August 09. Reserve your copy of volume 3 now. Please visit our Free Downloads page to view extracts from Volume 1. (You have to register or login to view this page). Buy volume's 1, 2 and 3 now and you will automatically be included in the reservation list for volumes 4 and 5.

VEM Publishing are specialists in Flytying & Flyfishing Books and Fine Art Angling Prints . VEM Publishing also organise The Spring Flyfishing Show, Newark, UK. The largest and most successful Flyfishing & Flytying show in Great Britain. The show that launches Britain's new flyfishing season. Next show - 7th & 8th March 2010.



 

ImageFlytyers of the World; Volume 1.

On sale now. £59.95 plus shipping.

Volume 1 is the first part of a 5 volume set. A Flytying Publishing First! A unique personal insight into 20 of the world’s best known flytyers and their flytying techniques.
 

ImageFlytyers of the World; Volume 2.

On sale now. £59.95 plus shipping.

Order Volume 2 
 

ImageFlytyers of the World; Volume 3.

The latest volume in this stunning series of limited editions. Flytyers of the World is now being cleared for final printing. As the books are hand finished we will be receiving batches of around 100 copies at a time, for final numbering, and hand embossing. These will be shipped in the same sequence as the orders are received – i.e. first come, first served.

 

ImageFlytyers of the World; Volumes 4 & 5.

To be published late 2009. With Volume 5 (cover design yet to be finalised) being published for the summer 2010.To see the making of volume 3. Very interesting photo-blog by Steve Thornton
 

 



 

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Flytyers of the World; Volume 1.

On sale now. £59.95 plus shipping.

Volume 1 is the first part of a 5 volume set. A Flytying Publishing First! A unique personal insight into 20 of the world’s best known flytyers and their flytying techniques. in the first volume of this stunning new series of casebound books. This series will grow into a 5 volume compendium over the next 18 months. The full series will include 100 of the worlds best known flytyers.

144 pages of easy to read step by step tying instructions for making realistic fishing flies that catch fish world wide. Including Tools selections, Nymph Skin colour swatches and new tying techniques.

An Essential step by step book for tying realistic fishing flies for flyfisher’s world-wide...
Steve Thornton's first book which demonstrated his unique and original approach to tying realistic fishing flies. First published in September 2003, the demand for this book has now far exceeded the original print run. Due to continuing demand and advances in printing technology we can now offer individual copies which will be digitaly printed using the same same high quality paper and finishing as the original books.

An Essential step by step book for tying realistic fishing flies for flyfisher’s world-wide.

Technical details; 144 pages - 185mm x 245mm format - High quality 150gsm art text pages - Over 400 detailed photographs. Limited edition.

Available in; Ringbound (working edition) only. £39.50

Steve Thornton. Angling photojournalist, advertising photographer, flytyer of realistic fishing flies and flyfisherman. Steve Thornton is well known for his realistic flytying demonstrations at exhibitions and symposiums around the world. This is his first book on flytying and is beautifully written and photographed. Listen to the River is a book that illustrates how to tie realistic patterns that ‘match the hatch’ from freestone streams in England, Scotland and Wales which catch fish the world over. Each chapter illustrates how to tie the pattern with very high quality photography and easy to read instructions.

Volume 1 features  the following patterns;
Stoneflies and Heptagenia Nymphs, Hydropsyche and Rhycophila larva, Spent Ephemera, Freshwater Shrimp, Spent Caddis, Emerging Caddis, Cased Caddis, Egg laying Caddis and Adult Caddis. Beetles, Midge pupa, Baetis Nymph, Trico, Mayfly Nymph’s and Smut’s. Plus, searching patterns like the, CAM Emerger and the famous Ammonite Nymph.

All these patterns are original and have been designed with many new flytying techniques by Steve Thornton. This book is a must for all Flytyers and Flyfisherman and is sure to become a collectors item. Each book is beautifully bound and printed. All photographs are the work of the author and each chapter is beautifully illustrated by David Benson

Volume one includes the following world class fly tyers;
Hans Van Klinken,  Dave Brandt,  Steve Thornton, Mauro Raspini,  Bob Mead, Mick Hall,  Chuck Furimsky,  Fabrizio Gajardoni,  Roman Moser, Johan Klingberg,  Phil White, Ted Patlen,  Gigi Pironi,  Harrison Steeves,  Keith Wallington, Agostino Roncallo,  Al & Gretchen Beatty,  André Brun,  Igor & Nadica Stancev and Paul Whillock.

Please visit our  page to view extracts from Volume 1. (You have to register or login to view this page).

Buy volume 1, 2 and 3 now to ensure that you can collect the full set of this exquisite series. Price per volume  £59.95. plus p+p.



Just some of the fantastic reviews for volume 1 of this superb series;

The book is spectacular!!! I class your book in the same status as Schmookler and Sils' From the quality of printing standpoint, and as far as I am concerned that is saying something special.
Ray Emerson

Outstandanding quality... Absolutely phenomenal book. The workload and effort that has gone into this book just goes to show the lengths people will go for their passion.
Steve Cullen - Editor, Total Flyfisher

This book is so beautiful... the pictures are fantastic! Everything about this book is high quality and very very interesting to read about the flytyers!.
Vidar Egilsson

Congratulations on your fantastic book. They are absolutely beautiful, a superb book for my library..
Alfred Nagy

Over 140 individual and unique patterns including  photographs & descriptions. 208 pages, 303x216mm. 230 full colour photos. LIMITED EDITION; 1000 HAND EMBOSSED AND NUMBERED HARDBOUND COPIES ONLY.

Specification; Size - 208 pages - 303mm x 216mm format - High quality 150gsm coatedart text pages - over 230 full colour photographs. A Limited edition of 1000 Hardbound hand embossed and numbered copies.

The ultimate multiple volume compendium of International flytyers that will be cherished by all flytying enthusiasts. A unique series of high-quality hardback books that will grow into a beautiful collection with over a 1000 pages of information and over 1100 full colour photographs. Collect this magnificent 5 volume set. Volume 1 and volume 2 on sale now. Volumes 3 - 5 will be available at 4-5 month intervals thereafter

 


 

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Flytyers of the World; Volume 2.

On sale now. £59.95 plus shipping.
Flytyers of the World; volume 2, features a further 20 of the worlds best know flytyers, see stunning patterns and read amazing biographies from the following contributors;

Mary Dette - Jens Pilgaard - Leon Links - Alberto Calzolari - Ronn Lucas - Thorsten Strüben - Masahito Sato - Bill Blackstone - Giulio Tasca - Edward Muzerloll - Herman Broers - Bill Heckel - Jackson Leong - Bob Frandsen - Ralph Graves - Stack Scoville - Leif Örtenholm - Gianluca Nocentini - Jukka Tapio - Fabio Federighi.

A comprehensive step by step illustrated book for tying a further 16 unique patterns. All tied and photographed by Steve Thornton...
Technical details; 144 pages - 165mm x 245mm format - High quality 150gsm art text pages - Over 400 detailed photographs.

Available in; Ringbound (working edition) Clothbound edition and Leather edition.



After 2 years of intensive research and testing of realistic flyfishing patterns on rivers throughout America, Europe and the UK, Listen to the River Volume 2 is now shipping.

Steve Thornton is known around the world as one of the foremost innovators of realistic style flyfishing patterns and tying techniques. This new exciting volume contains 16 new patterns which employ some unique tying techniques developed by Steve Thornton.

Listen to the River Volume 2 is available in 3 editions. A working edition which is ring bound. A signed clothbound edition a signed limited edition leather collectors edition, bound in high quality goat skin with hand printed marbled end papers and slip case. (Limited to only 50 copies).


Working Edition; £29.50. Left.
Clothbound Edition; £57.00. (Few remaining copies left) Centre.
Leather Edition. £155.00. (Few remaining copies left) Right.

“Listen to the River” Volume 2.“ A new book of 16 new innovative patterns from Steve Thornton”. This new volume is packed with new un-published tying techniques not yet seen by the flytyer, including new detached abdomen tying techniques, new legging techniques and "Hair Rig" abdomens. "Hair Rig" abdomens make small insects like hatching olives, duns and spinners, realistic. These new "hair Rig" abdomens are easy to tie, yet very realistic and create a natural movement, just like the real insect.
Steve shows you in high quality step by step photography how to make these exciting new tying techniques and patterns and more.
After 2 years of intensive research and testing of realistic flyfishing patterns on rivers throughout America, Europe and the UK, Listen to the River Volume 2 is now available to order for a Christmas delivery. Steve Thornton is know around the world as one of the foremost innovators of new realistic style flyfishing patterns and tying techniques. This new exciting volume contains 16 new patterns which employ some unique tying techniques developed by Steve Thornton. Learn how to tie new legging techniques on patterns. “Legs where they should be, underneath the hook shank, not on top”. This new tying technique provides a footprint much closer to the natural insect as it hatches or floats on the surface film.
Steve has constantly made notes on his travels about new techniques he has learnt. One technique he learnt in British Columbia and on the storied rivers of the Catskills, New York is the art of fishing streamers. This highly effective technique really does search out the larger fish in the rivers. Another technique Steve has learnt is "speed fishing". This is an absolutely fantastic dry fly style of fishing. This and other techniques are all revealed all in this book.

New patterns for "Listen to the River" Volume 2 include;
Heptagenid Nymph - The (hair rig) Stonefly - Darting Nymph -The Ammonite Nymph - Hatching Heptagenid Nymph  Hatching Caddis - Hatching Olive - Hatching Mayfly - CAM Emerger - Detached Bodied CAM Emerger - Needle Fly - Adult Stonefly - Cranefly - Spent Ephemera - The Baptizer.

 


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Flytyers of the World; Volume 3.

The latest volume in this stunning series of limited editions. Flytyers of the World is now being cleared for final printing. As the books are hand finished we will be receiving batches of around 100 copies at a time, for final numbering, and hand embossing. These will be shipped in the same sequence as the orders are received – i.e. first come, first served. 

 

ORDER YOUR COPY AND ENSURE THAT YOU ARE ONE OF THE FIRST TO RECEIVE COPIES



IF YOU ALREADY HAVE VOLUME 1 & VOLUME 2 – ORDER NOW TO ENSURE YOU RECEIVE THE SAME LIMITED EDITION NUMBER.

Flytyers of the World; volume 3, features a further 20 of the worlds best know flytyers, see stunning patterns and read amazing biographies from the following contributors;

Eric Leiser, Andrés Touceda, Chris Helm, Ed Berg, Malcolm Greenhalgh, Sacha Pütz, Bruce Marino, Claudio Ď Angelo, Danilo Lazzarini, Eric Austin, Alice Conba, Glenn R. Weisner, Ian Colin James, Lee Schechter, Massimo Masi, Wayne Samson, Robert H. Boyle, Federico Renzi, Wim Alphenaar, Sebastian Letelier.

 


 

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Flytyers of the World; Volumes 4 & 5.

To be published late 2009. With Volume 5 (cover design yet to be finalised) being published for the summer 2010.To see the making of volume 3. Very interesting photo-blog by Steve Thornton Detailed content for Volumes 4 & 5 is currently being compiled.

Just some of the world class flytyers included in the 5 volumes of 'Flytyers of the World'.


Ted Patlen, Dave Brandt, Bob Mead, Al  & Gretchen Beatty, Paul Whillock, Steve Thornton, Phil White, Hans van Klinken, Igor & Nadia Stancev, Johan Klingberg, Mick Hall, Keith Wallington, Gigi Pironi, Mauro Raspini, Roman Moser, Fabrizio Gajardoni, Chuck Furimsky, Harrison R. Steeves, Agostino Roncallo, Andre´Brun, Dave Klausmeyer, A K Best, Charlie Chute, Mark Petitjean, Chris Helm, Enrico Puglisi, Leon Links, Bob Boyle, Bill Heckle, Frederico Renzi, Ronn Lucas, Jukka Tapio, Al Caucci, Wim Alphenaar, Jens Pilgaard, Hans Weilenmann, Nancy Hopping, Charles Jardine, Ralph Graves, Hermon Broers, Stan Fudala, Peter Dunne, Mary Dette, Jackson Leong, Roger Plourde, Stack Scoville, Danilo Lazzarini, Fabio Federighi, Gianluca Nocentini, Giulio Tasca, Alberto Calzolari, Ted Niemeyer, Edward Muzeroll, Sebastian Letelier, Bill Blackstone, Leif Ortenholm, Thorsten Strüben, Utkin Sergei Andreevich, Sasha Putz, Paul Rossman, Tom Travis, Manel Torrecillas, Masahito Sato, Colin James, Dave McNeese and more...

 



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