LANIGAN O'KEEFFE FARLOWS SALMON FLIES AN ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OF PATTERN FLIES
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FARLOWS SALMON FLIESAN ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OF FARLOWS' PATTERN SALMON FLIES 1870-1964Compiled by Martin Lanigan-O'Keeffe
2017 1st edition, Coch-y-Bonddu Books, Machynlleth.Large, heavy quarto hardback, xxviii + 360 pages. Superb colour photographs and fly plates throughout.Mint unread hardback in dust-wrapper.
Signed by the author.
A compendium of Farlow's workshop reference collection, in use between 1870 and 1964.
This book is a history and catalogue of the 695 pattern salmon flies of C. Farlow and Co., 1870-1964, that is the actual flies that they kept as reference patterns for their tyers, illustrating and recording many previously unknown or unidentified patterns.
"The flies in the pattern books have now been cleaned, but very fortunately they have not been 'restored', and the photographs are so good that most surrender their secrets without too much effort. However, if you have grown up with the late 19th-century salmon fly tying aesthetic – as most of today’s classic tyers have done, thanks to the many excellent publications on the subject – you are in for a shock. Many flies are tied to mid-19th-century standards, with relatively thick, tapering bodies and, horror of horrors … mixed wings. Some are exceptionally fine, my absolute favourite being the Erle King, a stunning item from its Indian crow and topping tail, to in-your-face macaw, guinea fowl, peacock herl, black partridge and just about anything else that takes your fancy wing. They do not make ‘em like that any more. A feature that will doubtless cause much discussion is that the flies are tied to nowhere near the standards one would expect to see at a fly fair these days. And for good reason. The men (virtually never women) who dressed them were expected to finish between three and four dozen a day, depending on the pattern’s complexity. I know little about the early Farlow’s tying practices, but the vast majority shown here were almost certainly tied in the hand, because it was faster." Keith Elliott, Classic Angling
"This is one of those books that comes up once in a lifetime. The fact it has been published in ours is something for which we should be thankful. In years to come, it is likely to become a collector’s item, to be spoken of in hushed tones." Keith Elliott.
"A must-have for any fly-tyer or collector, truly superb and will help the collector identify their 'unknowns' and tyers to understand the correct style. The illustrations are of hundreds of original flies! It also contains some fascinating history of the flies and originators." Colin Innes, author of The Lost Salmon Flies of Balmoral.
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