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Whitelaw tackles the intriguing tales behind 50 classic flies all anglers recognize today. Including color illustrations and recipes for the original flies, the author guides you through their history and adds fascinating tidbits about fly-fishing itself. This book is great for fans of both fly-fishing and history. Sprinkled throughout are clever and thoughtful quotes about fly-fishing, inspiring enough to make you want to take that boat out on the water and make some casts yourself.
New York Times Bestseller
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.
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.
“A delightful ramble along the stream of fishing history.” — Star Tribune
“This glorious book of lures will get you itching for a new toy, a new boat, a new rod—anything to experience the relaxation of this old hobby.” — Foreword Reviews