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LaFontaine's Legacy: The Last Flies from an American Master

Beatty, Al;Beatty, Gretchen

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ISBN 10: 1599212757 / ISBN 13: 9781599212753
Published by Lyons Press, 2008
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First Edition, (1-10). Dust jacket and book in fine condition, bright and clean. Illustrated throughout. Bookseller Inventory # 000280

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Title: LaFontaine's Legacy: The Last Flies from an ...

Publisher: Lyons Press

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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Gary LaFontaine became world famous for his innovative trout fly patterns. But his life was cut short when he died of ALS in 2002. His final designs, however, were left in the caring hands of friend, author, and professional tyer Al Beatty, who proceeded to tie and photograph LaFontaine's final set of undocumented patterns to create this book. Here are full-color photos and instructions on how to tie each of LaFontaine's last designs, showing each step in detail. This is a beautiful book, essential to every fly tyer, that is also a loving tribute to an innovative sportsman.

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Fly Tyer, the world’s leading fly-tying magazine, is proud to bring you FlyTyer Books published by The Lyons Press. Gary LaFontaine has automatic name recognition in the fly-fishing world he’s known as one of the smartest and most dedicated innovators of new trout fly patterns in the latter twentieth century. His methods changed fly tying in America, and he was nowhere near done when he died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2002 at age fifty-six. His death was mourned around the world.
Many of the flies in this posthumous collection of trout-fly patterns are likely to become enduring standards. Authors Al and Gretchen Beatty were working with LaFontaine and tiers Paul and Char Stimpson on an instructional film in the months before the fly tier died. These are the flies that LaFontaine spoke of during filming. These are the flies showcased in LaFontaine’s Legacy.
The twenty-six patterns with proper tying instructions detailed in this book are the final legacy of a renowned American angler. Throughout the work the Beattys provide thorough tying instructions which are accompanied by vivid full-color photographs to depict the various stages of creating each pattern on the tying bench as well as the completed fly. This book documents an important piece of American fly-fishing history.

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