I am an outdoorsman, not a computer boffin, or at least that was the picture when I started this a few years back. Since then I have become caught up with the advantages of electronic media. Steep learning curves continue, frustrations abound but out of that crucible have I think come some really worthwhile publications. How to Make your own fly fishing lanyard was the first and remains the most popular of all the titles. Plus it's free. Then "Who Packed your Parachute" an investigation into better ways to tie parachute flies followed.Still an experiment and free to anyone. Recently my book "Learn to Fly-cast in a Weekend" previously published in hard cover was converted to electronic format making it available to a far wider audience. It has received great reviews and then came the comprehensive and highly innovative "Essential Fly Tying Skills" book, which was previously only available on CD due to the file sizes has been made available for instant download. Now the genre has expanded further with "Guide Flies", with the same format of graphics, text and video clip links. I am still passionate about the outdoors, fly fishing and writing. I hope that you will enjoy the books and find them useful. I further hope that as I learn more there will be more titles with ever better content. Regards Tim
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I ever wrote, but I do remember the first "book" that I published at Smashwords. It was "How to Build your own Fly Fishing Lanyard. It was an experiment to see if my limited computer skills could create a book using the Smashwords system and remarkably it was a success. A free book it has been downloaded around 8000 times since being published.
What is your writing process?
Oh my goodness, I wish I had a "writing process". The writing seems to be the easy bit, I focus on subject matter of which I have a great deal of knowledge and experience so that isn't a problem. I taught myself to touch type so that speeds it up as well. The work comes with all the graphic and video content that I add to my books. That is where the time is taken up and having started on that format I think that readers expect and deserve the same. The decision to use a multimedia approach to my books has proven to be a good one, but one which requires an inordinate amount more effort than just adding text to a page. Actually I think that I manage to achieve something with Smashwords books which very few others have. Being primarily educational in nature many of the books contain a high graphic content as well as external video clip links. That is one of the wonderful things about Smashwords, a few other outlets which I looked at don't accommodate any level of graphic content..
What flies do the professionals go to when the chips are down? In Guide flies, Tim Rolston, international competitive angler, national fly fishing team coach, guide and author provides all the information you need to manufacture your own highly effective fly patterns. Illustrated with superb graphics, external video content and a splash of humour.
A collection of fly-fishing related stories based on the most popular posts from "The Fishing Gene" blog, revised and updated into a more convenient reading format. Information on fly tying, fictional tales of fly-fishing and thoughts on subjects ranging from why fish are so smart to the perennial question of "What about the Hook?". A light hearted romp through a wide variety of subjects.
A downloadable version of the totally innovative "Essential Fly Tying Techniques" book sold on disc. The book provides all the key techniques for tying myriad fly patterns. Includes over 80 full colour detailed graphics, links to 35 video clips of techniques and complete flies as well as the tying instructions for 14 killer patterns.
A guide to understanding how fly casting really works and sixteen innnovative exercises to take you from your first tentative steps to mastery of the double haul. The print version of this book has sold over 2500 copies and assisted thousands of anglers to finally master their casting and improve their enjoyment of their fishing. Now updated and available as an eBook.
Over one hundred useful and thought provoking ways of improving the way your rig your fly fishing gear. Information on sharpening hooks, modifying tackle and fly lines and much more. Mostly learned in the crucible of high end competative fly fishing. Filled with useful tips for beginner and expert alike and illustrated with dozens of clear diagrams and graphics
NOW REVISED AND UPDATED:
How to tie better parachute dry flies.
A short evaluation of new ways to tie better, faster, more imitative and durable parachute fly patterns.
Tim Rolston takes a brief look at why parachute flies have traditionaly been fragile, why they are worth using and what steps you can take to make your flies better.