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In its 348 pages, Fly Fishing Treasures includes over 800 colour photographs, the largest collection of images of antique and collectible fly rods, fly reels, flies, ephemera and accessories currently in print.
The book is divided into sections by subject, so: Private collectors and experts; Fly treasures; Reel treasures; Rod treasures; Treasures in clubs and museums; Treasured tackle houses; Treasures at auction; Book treasures; Dealers and traders; Meet the author. Within the subject sections, a chapter each is devoted to: Hoagy Carmichael, Jerry Girard, Keith Elliott, Moirajeanne FitzGerald, Dean Smith, Paul Schmookler, John Shaner, Jim Brown, John Drewett, Raymond Humble; A.J. Campbell, Jeff Hatton, Per Brandin, Sarah Foster, Yoshi Akiyama, John Knott, David Beazley, Bill Pierce, Grant Ottingnon-Harris, Tom Rosenbauer, Vladimir Rybalchenko, John Ganung, Neil Freeman, Charles B. Wood III, Ray Clemens, Roger Still, Gary and Laura Siemer, Jim Adams Steve Woit. A good read, informative and very well illustrated.
"Fly Fishing Treasures" Review in Trout & Salmon Magazine April 2019
"A sumptuos book, seven years in the making, Author Steve Woit invites you to enter the world of serious antique tackle collecting. A simple format: 30 interviews, often in the homes - the inner sanctums - of the most knowledgeable, discerning and obsessive hoarders of old rods, reels, books, flies and angling ephemera in the UK and USA.
It is not a practical guide to collecting, although there is advice and wisdom on every page. What interests Woit is each collector's motivation, their drive. For some it is the thrill of the chase, many are inspired by the tackle they used in childhood, others are fascinated by tackle evolution, changing technology. Some want to possess, others to preserve. Many go to extreme lengths.
Paper quality is excellent. The 800 photographs are exceptional. It is a hefty, lavish, coffee-table book; one that is perhaps itself collectable. Read it and you will rush to dusty garage shelves, rummage in cupboards, and vow to visit the next car-boot sale."
Hardback : 348 pages