The Dry Fly Man's Handbook

Frederic M. Halford

Published by Routledge, 1913
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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London: George Routledge & Sons, 1913. This is a Near Fine Copy of this Book in publisher's dark blue buckram with bright gilt title lettering to spine. Hinges were repaired with original spine laid back down. A very nice repair indeed. No Dust-Jacket. The boards have some wear and minor spotting.There is one neat previous owner's name stamp to the front pastedown, as well as the bookplate of Philip le Belward Egerton, baron of Upton Manor. Illustrated with a total of 43 plates.This copy has a firm binding with no hinge weakness and there is damage to spine. No internal spotting. Top edge of the book is in gilt. This book would be a great addition to any fishing library, and is a true classic.8vo (xiv) 416pp First Edition 1st Impression with the title in both red and black. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine. 8vo - over 5¾" - 7¾" Tall. Some of the chapters include: Rod and Tackle, Casting, Ethics of the Dry Fly, Dry Fly on Lochs and Lakes, The Fisherman's Entomology (Including: Mayflies, duns, and spinners; Caddis Flies, Stoneflies, Alders, Smuts), Selection of a Water, Weeds and Weed Cutting, etc, etc. Frederic Michael Halford (13 April 1844 5 March 1914), pseudonym Detached Badger,[2] was a wealthy and influential British angler and fly fishing author. Halford is most noted for his development and promotion of the dry fly technique on English chalk streams. He is generally accepted as "The Father of Modern Dry Fly Fishing."[3] John Waller Hills, A History of Fly Fishing for Trout (1921) called Halford "The Historian of the Dry Fly". In 1877 Halford became a member of the Houghton Fly Fishers on the River Test. In 1879, in John Hammond's tackle shop in Winchester, Halford met angler George Selwyn Marryat, a meeting that was to change the course of fly-fishing history. They were to be friends for the remainder of Marryat's life. In 1880, Halford found accommodation at Houghton Mill, on the banks of the Test and, with Marryat, began his research for his first book, Floating Flies and How to Dress Them, published in 1886. Halford wanted Marryat to be joint author of the book, but Marryat declined, wishing to remain anonymous. The book was a huge success, and laid the foundations for Halford's legacy as the "High Priest of the Dry Fly".[6] In 1889, when he was 45, Halford retired from the family business to pursue fly fishing and writing. In that year he published his second book, Dry Fly Fishing in Theory and Practice. Before he died, he fished a variety of beats on the Kennet, the Test and the Itchen but he rarely fished outside the country or away from the chalk streams of the south of England. It was on the Itchen where he met and fished with G. E. M. Skues in 1891.[8] Halford published four other books on dry-fly fishing before his death: Making a Fishery (1895), Dry Fly Entomology (1897), Modern Development of the Dry Fly (1910) and The Dry Fly Man's Handbook (1913), as well as his autobiography An Angler's Autobiography (1903). Halford was among the founding members of the British Flyfishers' Club, a prestigious gentlemen's' club in London devoted to the sport of fly fishing. Bookseller Inventory # 00949

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Title: The Dry Fly Man's Handbook

Publisher: Routledge

Publication Date: 1913

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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