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About Patterns

by John Betts

Patterns is John's magnum opus and was written and refined over three decades. The book is hand-written in John's beautiful and inimitable calligraphy and filled with hundreds of watercolors and illustrations. Below are a few sample pages including the table of contents.


212 pages • softcover • calligraphy, watercolor and ink • 10" x 7.7" • printed in the USA • limited run of 200 books


Patterns is an amazing book capturing the essential patterns of John's fly-fishing life. Patterns not only refers to the flies themselves but woven in are patterns of insect and fish behavior, stream dynamics and even patterns on how John approaches life and fly-fishing. Patterns pays homage to Muriel Foster's fishing journal and diary - a work that greatly influenced John.

From John's dedication to Muriel Foster:

The title, Patterns, refers to several things. Some are obvious like the fly patterns, but others may not be as easy to see. For example there is the lettering, composition of the pages, style of the images, and that of the insects on or in the water.

I've tried to catch all of the mistakes and did not succeed. Some of the corrections are easy to see, all were done by cut-and-paste. I had three problems when I restarted the manuscript. First, the paper it was originally done on was no longer made; second, I'd worn out the pen - also no longer made, and last my hands didn't work as they used to. It was hard to get the patches to match up with what they were patched into.

Some people thought the final size was too small. It was enlarged a bit to its present form.

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  1. A unique angling treasure 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th May 2018

    I'm so pleased l ordered this book.
    John has really influenced my fly tying and trouting over the years.
    Very artistic

  2. Awesome book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th May 2018

    Great book with details and artwork of flies

  3. A wonderful stunner 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th May 2018

    A refreshing delight.


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