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"The History and Evolution of the Trout Fly" - Limited Edition

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  • Tegernsee "Gamander"
  • Basurto "5"
  • Treatyse "Shell Fly"
  • Astorga "Forcadinas de Marco y de Abril"
  • Barker "Palmer 5"
  • Cotton "Little Yellow May fly"
  • Chetham "Purple Fly"
  • Bowlker "Yellow Sally"
  • Hawkins List 1 "Willow Cricket"
  • Hawkins List 2 "Red Hackle"
  • Example of the tying in-hand photos.
  • Example of the tying in-hand photos.
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This is the Limited Edition hardcover with a full color dust jacket. Only 100 of these will be printed and each is numbered and signed by Andrew. Click here for the paperback edition.

Andrew Marshall's perseverance for historical accuracy, coupled with his artistic tying talent, have recreated a visual and tactile history of the flies tied and fished by our forefathers. Working from the fifteenth to eighteenth century European and British angling literature, Andrew painstakingly sourced, or creatively substituted, the sometimes quite odd tying materials to create faithful examples of these original fly patterns. From an historical perspective, the book traces the evolution of fly patterns, where they were first documented and how they were passed from author to author, "borrowed" in their own works.



hardcover Limited Edition of 100 books • signed and numbered by the author • full color dust jacket • 270 pages • 344 color photos • 299 fly patterns • printed in the USA



The History and Evolution of the Trout Fly - Part 1 is printed on high quality 80# glossy paper and is available in either softcover or a Limited Edition hardcover with dust jacket. Not only does Andrew take us on a journey through time with his survey of the British and European literature, he has tied each and every known pattern on horse hair snelled hooks. Even more amazing than the flies themselves is that every fly was tied in-hand without a tying vise, the way they would likely have been tied centuries ago. The book includes a tutorial on tying in hand.
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  1. What a disappointment! 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Feb 2015

    As a keen fly fisherman and fly tyer,I also collect all kinds of angling literature and the last couple of years mainly the bibliographies and angling book auction catalogues in English,German ,French and Dutch.I was fortunate to find ,beginning with the first mentioning of a sort of catalogue by Sir Henry Ellis in 1811,all of them and for 98% in the original edition. Most of the time, I don’t judge the content of the books only their physical appearance,i.e. soft cover or hard back,a sewn or glued binding ,for the limited editions if there is a dedication page or merely a sticker indicating that the book is from a limited edition ,quality of the pictures and so on.
    When I ordered "The History and Evolution of the Trout Fly"in the paperback edition I was aware what to expect and for the limited edition which I ordered at the same time I had high hopes.But what a pitty.The hard cover has a glued binding,not a sewn one which makes it difficult to lay flat on the table without after some time breaking the glued binding. Furthermore there is no dedication page stating that this is a limited edition,merely a sticker to let you know it’s from an edition of 100 copies and signed.In my opinion as a trained photographer the pictures of the tying sequences have too much “noise”,in the old days called grain.
    I know it is all a matter of money but consider at least for the real collector an appropriate edition or let them subscribe to something special even if the book costs double or three times the normal price.
    Best wishes,
    Ralph Gheuens Belgium

    Ralph, thank you for taking the time to post your comments. We do listen to our customers to help improve our products and of course, if you are not happy we offer a full refund. Given that shipping costs to and from Belgium are quite high, I would be willing to reimburse you for the return postage if shipped First Class and the book arrives in good condition.

    Your comments about the "tying in hand" section have been the primary criticism we receive on this book. These photos were done by a colleague of Andrew's and we deliberated about including them or not specifically because of the quality. As a small publisher with virtually no margins we do the best we can to create a quality product - especially the actual written content. We publish books that no other publisher would touch because, frankly, the market is not there to make a profit. I understand your comment about a dedication page, again, this comes back to costs and logistics. We print 100 of our limited edition books and most of the cost is in the binding and dust cover. With such low volume (this is a very niche market today) it is not feasible to bring the books to the author or vice-versa.

    We believed our concept of publishing of an open edition of softcovers and 100 limited edition hardcovers would appeal to both "readers" and collectors. It turns out that the number of collectors for titles we publish is very low world wide (<20 I'm estimating). It certainly isn't 100 or more. We are considering discontinuing the hard cover versions in the future and focus on bringing quality content that can't be found elsewhere to market. This model has actually proven itself with books in our catalogue. Ironically, it would also allow us to sell the softcover editions at a lower price because we could increase the initial number of first editions printed.

    In the case of "Trout Flies" there are two additional volumes under way. Once those are complete, we may consider doing a truly special edition set with leather, sewn bindings, etc. But, frankly, I know that we would likely take a loss. We'd consider this primarily as a favor to the true hard-core collectors. I'd appreciate your additional thoughts on this, you can email me at mhackney@eclecticangler.com.

    Finally, I will take your feedback about glued bindings and author plate and make this clear in all of our limited edition book descriptions for future customers.

    Thank you,

    RALPH's REPLY 1/16/2015
    Hi Michael,
    I just forgot to mention that if there are collectors who need some information about angling books,bibliographies,angling auction catalogues,angling book dealer catalogues and so on they can always contact me.My email address is anglingbiblio at outlook dot com. I am not a professional in any way just a collector of angling literature.
    Best wishes,
    Ralph Gheuens Belgium

    Ralph, I moved your second comment here since having both comments with your 3 star rating would affect the overall rating average and I don't think that is what you intended to do.

  2. Complete and inspirational 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th May 2014

    As a beginner and complete newb to Trout flies, it is hard to find a proper reference point to start from. This book rapidly, but thoroughly informs about the history, influences and pattern variations in a language that a modern tyer can actually understand. Being Norwegian, it is often hard for me to interprete ancient 'scripture'. Andrew has done a brilliant job, deciphering old pattern descriptions and share them with the world in a standardised form. The only point of improvement for me, would be the photography of the in hand tying. Fortunately, the instructions don't suffer from this and the photo's of the numerous flies are fantastic.

    I look forward to number two!

    Thank you for the great review and feedback Robert. We have posted several photos from the tying in-hand section so people can examples of them. These photos were shot on location and were a bit tricky. Andrew is considering doing a small book or tutorial on tying in-hand and perhaps other techniques and we'll spend more time setting up for these.

  3. havent 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Oct 2013

    havent read throughly. Just browse them at this time.
    The information is AWESOME