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The History of Fly-Fishing In Fifty Flies by Ian Whitelaw

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The History of Fly-Fishing

What is more quintessential dad than fly-fishing? The sport, which has been called “the contemplative man’s recreation”, has been around since at least the 2nd century, and has since become a dad staple.

With Ian Whitelaw’s wonderfully illustrated book The History of Fly-Fishing In Fifty Flies (2015, Abrams Image), you’re taken on a journey to over 2,000 years ago to the very first fly fishermen. Whitelaw singles out 50 carefully chosen flies that 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.

Available at Amazon | $26

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