Traces the history & development of fly fishing, fly tying & tackle making from the evidence of its earliest beginnings to the 21st century. A smooth, imaginative, & beautifully written text. Monochrome t/out; 240mm x 165mm, 374 pgs.
The Fly traces the history & development of fly fishing from the evidence of its earliest beginnings to the 21st century. Andrew Herd's text bristles with facts . . . blended with fresh and often colourful comments on the valuable and sometimes bizarre background material that has somehow eluded other authors. Herd's grasp of all aspects of history is quite astonishing for while he is tracing the spread of fly fishing, fly tying & tackle making through the ages, he takes account of what was happening to the people who were living at the time. The Fly is a smooth, imaginative, and beautifully written text.
The Fly is the result of a decade's research into the history of fly fishing and is arguably the most authoritative work ever published on the subject. It breaks much new ground, particularly where medieval fly fishing is concerned and aims to put the reader in the shoes of our ancestors, enabling him to understand what it was like to cast a fly in times gone by, from the Romans to the present day.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"For anyone who has ever grasped a fly rod with intent, and has has any curiosity about where all this pleasure and passion came from, Andrew Herd's superb book provides the answer." -- Tom Fort, Trout & Salmon
"It is just terrific -- thoughtful, tightly but not stiffly reasoned, both informative and entertaining, and just wonderfully written with liveliness and wit." -- Ted Leeson
"Not only does it document the many important mildstones in the development of the gentle art, it carefully juxtaposes these developments with a history of the times -- this giving the reader a perspective on fly fishing history that is rarely encountered..." -- David B. Ledlie American Fly Fisher
"...the new standard reference work in a field that desperately needed on...a book that all serious fly fishers could learn from." -- Paul Schullery
". . . one of the best pieces of writing and thought in fly fishing literature." -- John Betts
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Andrew Herd is an associate editor of Waterlog and well-known for his witty contributions to the magazine.