The Fly-Fisher's Craft: The Art and History
Noted angling author Darrel Martin brings his decades of research, hundreds of color photos, and years of experimentation to bear on the fascinating evolution of fly fishing contrivances, from the practical to the fanciful, from the dawn of written history until today. Martin shows where these technologies were first documented, why they came to be, and details how even today we can burnish our own handmade hooks, furl a horsehair leader, and fashion a functioning rod from readily available wood. He also documents the intriguing art and evolution of fly tying in particular detail, from the earliest documented methods and materials to some of today’s most modern patterns, which still inevitably draw on the pedigree of their ancient forebears. What’s more, all of these natural marvels still work today, just as they did when Izaak Walton retired to compose his classic treatise, The Compleat Angler.
In The Fly-Fisher’s Craft,
we discover that everything old is new again, that good ideas never die, and that the surprising sophistication and wisdom of those who came before have never been more relevant for today’s practitioners of the gentle art of fly fishing.