Favorite Flies and Their Histories by Mary Orvis Marbury 1955 edition

When I found this book a few weeks ago at the Saint Louis Goodwill Outlet, I have to admit the title intrigued me. What in the world! Who has a favorite fly? Well, it turns out that when this book was first published in 1892 a lot of people did, and not of the annoying insects that land on your food type. The flies in this book are for catching fish but when the color lithograph prints caught my eye I was floored.  Hot pink, robin’s egg blue, chartreuse green, and bright yellow. There were even embellishments of gold and silver.

c. f. orvis fly fishing printThe book I found was a 1955 reprint of the original bestseller.  It has 32 color plates in it with flies for salmon, bass, trout, lake fishing, and hackles.

c. f. orvis fly fishing printThe author was the daughter of C.F. Orvis, and today Orvis is the oldest mail order retail business in America. A current catalogue came in our mailbox a few weeks ago and it is filled with gift ideas for the sporting man.

c. f. orvis fly fishing printIf you click on any of these images it will take you my etsy shop where I offer the digital prints.

c. f. orvis fly fishing printc. f. orvis fly fishing print

About redbudart

I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, just outside of Portland, Oregon. My usual interests are cooking, wine, horticulture, art, and old books, but lately I've been obsessed with saving for a piece of land, so I can practice sustainability and learn to live as close to the land as possible, and then help others to do the same. To relax I listen to Dharma talks. Namaste!
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