History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies

History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies

by Ian Whitelaw
History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies

History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies

by Ian Whitelaw


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The History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies recounts the history of a sport that dates back 2,000 years, focusing on milestone flies from the first feathered hook to contemporary patterns using cutting-edge materials. Among the countless fly patterns created over the centuries, these 50 have been carefully chosen to represent the development not only of the flies themselves, but also of fly-fishing techniques—and of rods, lines, and reels. These iconic flies also chart the spread of this addictive sport from its modern origins on the chalk streams of southern England and the rivers of Scotland to the U.S., Europe, South America, Australia, and now to every country in the world. Filled with profiles of the key characters involved, tying tips, photographs and illustrations of the flies, and detailed explanations of the techniques used to fish them, The History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies is a fascinating companion to the evolution of this fascinating sport.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617691461
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 04/07/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 26,371
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ian Whitelaw, a freelance writer based in British Columbia, has been a regular contributor of articles to fly-fishing websites and magazines and has been the contributing editor on more than a dozen books on fishing for major publishers.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Stonefly 10

The State of the Art in 1500 14

Palmer-Worm 16

Green Drake 22

The State of the Art in 1800 26

Blae and Black 30

Ogden's Fancy 32

Stewart Black Spider 38

Greenwell's Glory 44

Lady Caroline 46

Royal Coachman 52

Little Marryat 56

Silver Doctor 60

Black Gnat 66

Quill Gordon 72

Mickey Finn 76

The State of the Art in 1900 80

Tup's indispensable 84

March Brown 88

Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear Nymph 94

Bass Popper 98

Adams 102

Gray Ghost 106

Gray Wulff 108

Prince Nymph 112

Muddler Minnow 114

Tom Thumb 118

Flymph 122

Matuka Streamer 128

Sol Due Spey 130

Two-Feather Fly 133

Elk Hair Caddis 136

Lefty's Deceiver 140

Pheasant Tail Nymph 144

Dave's Hopper 150

Comparadun 154

Booby Fly 158

Crazy Charlie 162

Ally's Shrimp 164

Klinkhåmer 167

Holy Mackerel 170

Polish Woven Nymph 172

Clouser Minnow 176

Upside-Down Fly 178

Syl's Midge 184

Ice Cream Cone 188

Annihilator 194

Tarpon Toad 198

Copper John Nymph 200

The State of the Art in 2000 202

Deer Hair Emerger 206

Gooseneck Chironomid 210

Bionic Bug 212

Takayama Sakasa Kebari 214

Bibliography 218

Index 220

Image Credits 224

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