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 GARRISON 209 TROUT ROD

Superb Garrison model 209, 8ft 2/2 in excellent original untouched condition. Shaft is marked "Garrison 209 Q-8-10." This is Garrison's most modern design featuring super-Z ferrules, classic Garrison lever grip, cork and sliding band reel seat with lovely distinctive strawberry marks under varnish (which is correct) from resorcinol glue, all gracefully aged to produce a distinctive pumpkin orange patina impossible to duplicate. Other than a few imperceptible varnish chips, the finish is glass-like and correct. At 3-5/8 oz this very scarce model provides a uniquely crisp and fast dry fly taper for #4 and #5 lines, with lighter, quicker tips than the more commonly encountered 212E. Both the 209 and the 212E have the same ferrule size, but the 209 has tips that are a bit thinner and quicker reacting. A magnificent example of quiet elegance with original bag with ferrule plug pocket, original wood and cork ferrule plug and a very rare and unusual original rod tube design (never seen before) with expansion cap that automatically contracts and expands in cold and heat. What else would you expect from a mechanical engineer, and one of the greatest cane rod builders of all time?

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FLIES BY ALBERT COHEN

This set of 5 very rare flies were tied specifically for Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. Volume 2 - Birds & Mammals where they appear on page 293 (silk section). Albert Cohen is best remembered for the spectacularly smooth, silk bodies of his salmon flies. No one short of Paul Rossman has ever produced better.

ALBERT J. COHEN lived in Dallas, Texas ... and his heart was as big as that state until complications from cancer took their toll. Yet whenever Albert rolled into town for a business meeting, he always took an extra day or two and made time for his friends. He loved auctions and shows that featured angling collectibles and antiques. Cohen loved to collect fly boxes, particularly those by Hardy. But above all, Al Cohen was a meticulous fly tier and student of fly tying history who paid particular attention to the smallest detail . Through this, he inspired numerous fly tiers and thus left a legacy for the coming generations. His classic Atlantic salmon flies were featured in Judith Dunham's The Atlantic Salmon Fly. Al was not a commercial tier and he rarely sold any flies. Examples of his work like these are rarely encountered. He was one of the finest full-dressed salmon fly tiers of the twentieth century.

Here are five, very rare and highly collectible full-dressed classic patterns from the man for whom no detail was small enough.

All in size 5/0 and tied on handmade replicas of Harrison Bartlet hooks by Gene Sunday. Patterns include (clockwise from top right): McNichol (Hardy), Parson (Hardy), Ondine (Ephemera), McIntyre (Hale), and Gordon (Hale).

Posted 8-16-06

 $2000.00 for the set

 
     

 FLIES TIED BY POUL JORGENSON (1926-2004)

Poul Jorgenson is probably best remembered for motivating and instructing many novice salmon fly tiers. From his humble home on the Willowemoc River in Roscoe, New York, Poul created many works of art. He had been tutored in fly tying by perhaps the best known realistic fly tier of the twentieth century, Bill Blades. Once he had developed his own style, Jorgenson went on to teach many other fly tiers and became a popular guest speaker at numerous club functions. He was a regular at the Catskill Fly Tying Center and Museum, and always welcomed anglers who stopped by his home ... often joining them on the stream for the evening hatch. He authored numerous books on trout and salmon fly tying including: Modern Fly Dressing for the Practical Angler, Modern Trout Flies and How to Tie Them, Dressing Flies for Fresh and Salt Water, Salmon Flies their Character Style and Dressing, Poul Jorgenson's Favorite Flies & How to Tie Them, and Dry Fly Patterns for the New Millenium.

 SIR CONRAD 5/0

This fly was created and tied by Poul Jorgenson. It is named for his close friend, American actor William Conrad (1920-1994), who was also known as a narrator in radio, film and television. One of Conrad's more popular roles was that of the lead detective Frank Cannon in the 1970s TV series, Cannon.

Posted 8-13-06 MC

$ 395.00

 
     
     
 SET OF 6 CLASSIC SALMON FLIES TIED BY COLIN SIMPSON OF THE U.K.

Colin Simpson first appeared to the American angling public in 1970, when at 15 years old, was featured in Joseph D. Bates's book, Atlantic Salmon Flies and Fishing. At that time Colin was already an expert, dressing both classic and exhibition patterns. He is one of Britian's most famous, contemporary fly tiers. Obtaining a single fly from Colin Simpson today is ... well nearly impossible. These six flies were purchased directly from Colin over twenty years ago. Each was dressed by hand (no vise).

Posted 8-13-06 MC

 $ 995.00

 
     

FLIES TIED BY PRESTON JENNINGS (1893-1962)

Preston J. Jennings is best remembered for A Book of Trout Flies (1935), the first American book to present angling entomology from a lucid, academic viewpoint identifying stream insects by their scientific nomenclature and presenting corresponding dressings for artificials. Yet most readers never got to see the actual flies Jennings tied for the stream because his book was composed of illustrations. Unfortunately he passed away before he could publish his second book, The Fish and The Fly, in which he planned to include a substantial number of Atlantic salmon and steelhead patterns. The manuscript and his dressings lay virtually unknown for the past forty years until both the manuscript and flies were donated to the American Museum of Fly Fishing by Maxine Atherton.

During the 1940s, Jennings was tutored by two great salmon fly tiers ... Charles DeFeo and Frank Dumond. Jennings equalled, if not surpassed, both his teachers to become one of America's most creative Atlantic salmon fly dressers. His fly patterns were remarkable creations and his salmon flies were modeled after insects or baitfish. Jennings viewed every color as if he saw it through a prism (the water). As a result, every fly he tied had to possess reflective, refractive and iridescent properties. Jennings perception was no different than that of an artist, but it made him unique as a fly designer.

 

RAINBOW STONE #1 and #2 Created & Tied by PRESTON JENNINGS These flies tied on #2 hooks

 

Posted 8-6-06

 

 

IRIS MAY ROSE MALE (#4 hook) IRIS MAY ROSE FEMALE (#3 hook) Created & Tied by PRESTON JENNINGS

The green tinsel tag on the Iris May Rose female (bottom fly) depicts a green egg sac.

 

Posted 8-6-06

 $ 350.00
for the pair

 

 

SILHOUETTE SEDGE VARIATIONS #1, #2, #3 and #4 Created & Tied by PRESTON JENNINGS

 

The only four Silhouette Sedge Variations known, other than the set located at the American Museum of Fly Fishing. These flies were described in Jennings' unpublished manuscript, The Fish and the Fly, as patterns for caddis under different lighting conditions.

These flies range in hook size from #1-1/2 to #4.

Posted 8-6-06

 $ 975.00

for the set of 4 flies

 

 

IRIS MAY Created & Tied by PRESTON JENNINGS Tied on a #4 hook

 

Posted 8-6-06

 $ 205.00

 

 

PRISM STONE #1 (size 1) PRISM STONE #2 (size 2) and PRISM STONE #3 (size 2) Created & Tied by PRESTON JENNINGS

A rare, complete set of stoneflies perceived by Jennings to be used under different lighting conditions. The only other set of these flies that we know of, is located in the Jennings Collection at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont.

Posted 8-6-06

 
     

FLIES CREATED AND TIED BY ALEX ROGAN 

Rogan was a student of Lewis Rhead and pioneered the unusual use of tinsel in his trout and salmon flies. Utilizing tinsel for hackle, throats and wings of his unusual creations, tinsel became Rogan's trademark material. Rogan experimented with metallic threads for wings and body hackle of flies created in the mid 1940s. This flirtation was short-lived but 60 years later the same techniques have become commonplace using plastics such as CrystalFlash and Flashabou. To see more of Alex Rogan's unusual creations, see page 301 of Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. Volume 2-Birds & Mammals.

Rogan operated a barber shop in New York City and in the 1940s became New York's celebrity fly tier, demonstrating his skill at Jim Deren's Angler's Roost and at William Mills & Sons.

SILVER MINNOW

Tied by Alex Rogan, NYC, circa 1947.

Posted 7-23-06

 $ 100.00

 

 BADGER MINNOW

Tied by Alex Rogan, NYC, circa 1947.

Posted 7-23-06

$ 100.00

 

FLIES BY KEN SCHWAM

Schwam was an up-and-coming celebrity in the world of salt water fly-fishing and tying until his untimely death. His tying skills among his peers were well respected and admired. Flies tied by Ken Schwam are becoming scarce and quite collectible.

 DEER HAIR BASS POPPER

Tied by Ken Schwam.

Posted 7-23-06

 $ 75.00

 
     
     

FLIES TIED BY MARK WASLICK (contemporary tier)

Waslick is currently hailed as one of the finest all-around fly tiers in the world. Waslick is equally comfortable tying trout, salmon, steelhead, and salt water patterns with remarkable skill. His flies have become some of the most desirable collectibles in fly-fishing.

FIERY BROWN & PEACOCK 

Fly created and tied by Mark Waslick.

Posted 7-23-06

 $ 150.00

BLACK DOCTOR (low water)

Tied by Mark Waslick.

Posted 7-23-06

 $ 150.00

 

EVENING STAR 4/0

Tied by Mark Waslick.

Posted 8-13-06 MC

$250.00

BLUE BOYNE VAR. 5/0

Tied by Mark Waslick.

Posted 8-13-06 MC

$250.00

 GRUB (4/0 double)

Tied by Mark Waslick.

Posted 8-13-06 MC

 $150.00

 
     

 GOLDEN SHINER

CREATED AND TIED BY MATT VINCIGUERRA.

Matt (Matty) Vinciguerra had an amazing reputation for doing everything well. His large format photographs of mayfly duns and spinners are among the best ever taken. The few flies he tied are extraordinary, displaying a true mastery of material manipulation, both synthetic and natural. His signature fly was the Golden Shiner, but any fly tied by Vinciguerra is highly prized and collectible. Vinciguerra lived and fished among the rivers of the Catskill mountains of New York State.

Vinciguerra was one of the first tiers to use silver and gold piping, which has become so popular today, for shaping the the bodies of fresh and salt water baitfish imitations.

Posted 7-23-06

 $ 175.00

 
     
     
     
     

FLIES TIED BY CHARLES CHUTE (contemporary tier)

Chute is considered one of the masters of the full-dressed salmon fly, having won many world fly tying competitions. He is well known and respected among his peers and continues to tie some of the most creative and artistic flies of our time. These are the actual three flies that were featured in the award winning book, Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History. Volume 1 - Birds (1994).

 

GOLDEN PEACOCK Created & tied by Charles Chute Hook size 7/0
Posted 8-16-06

 $ 175.00

 
     
ORIGINAL CARRIE STEVENS STREAMERS

The following 29 salmon/trout streamers remain from an original order of 50 flies tied and packaged by Carrie Stevens. Over the past 15 years, 21 streamers from this original order have been sold intermittently. Interestingly, most of the streamers were packaged in mass. For example, if there was an order for five Gray Ghost No.4, all five flies were placed in one cellophane envelope and the name and size of the flies was hand written by Ms. Stevens on a slip of paper that was placed in that envelope. Because of this distinctive packaging we feel that the flies should be sold the same way. There are, however several single patterns in original cellophane envelopes, unlabeled. Each fly or group of flies, regardless of the original packaging, comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Paul Schmookler, the current owner. Mr. Schmookler is recognized as one of the world's principal authors on fly pattern history and fly tying materials. Original Carrie Stevens flies are very scarce and hand written corroboration of fly pattern and size in her hand writing in original packaging is nearly unattainable. The streamer fly is one of the most important, original, all-American concepts for angling since the invention of the dry fly. This is a unique opportunity to own an original from one of the key architects of the modern streamer fly.

 F. R. S. SPEC. No. 2

RARELY ENCOUNTERED, named after Francis (Frank) Reast Smith (1873-1950) from Garden City, Long Island, New York. This is a prime example of how all bucktails should be tied. Stevens at her best. The bucktail used in this fly is particularly high quality ... unusually soft and pliable.

 

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THE FOLLOWING FLIES WERE TIED BY KEITH FULSHER

Fulsher is the author of Tying and Fishing the Thunder Creek Series (1973), Hair-Wing Atlantic Salmon Flies (1981) and Thunder Creek Flies: Tying and Fishing the Classic Baitfish Imitations (2006).

 MICKEY FINN

Tied by Keith Fulsher. Total length of hook is 1-1/4". Mounted on original card in cellophane envelope.

 

 $ 30.00

 
     
 FLIES TIED BY BILL CHIN (contemporary tier)

Bill Chin is well respected by his peers. He is considered one of the top dressers of Atlantic salmon flies in North America. He is certainly one of the most experienced, having been tying for at least two decades. His flies are considered quite collectible and scarce since he is not a commercial tier. Bill's flies have been featured in Volumes 1 and 2 of Rare and Unusual Fly Tying Materials: A Natural History (1994, 1997) and frequently in Art of Angling Journal. Plans are in the works to feature Chin in an upcoming issue. All flies below have been published. Chin's flies are strong, compact and filled with gorgeous material, attesting to his judgement in selection of quality materials. There is no doubt that these extraordinary flies are made to be admired ... either in the water or in the frame.

 DUSTY MILLER Tied by Bill Chin
Early and beautiful example of Chin's work, circa 1992.
Posted 8-13-06

 $225.00

 

 

SIR RICHARD Tied by Bill Chin
Early and beautiful example of Chin's work, circa 1992.
Posted 8-13-06

 $225.00

 
     
     
     

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Sandeman, Fraser: BY HOOK AND BY CROOK. 1894, second edition. London, 15 full page illusrations with tissue guards, incl. 6 col. plates depicting 8 handsomely colored Salmon flies and 1 May Fly. Frontis of a Thames Trout, 9 text illus., 255pp, original light coloured decorative cloth binding, gilt top, spine slightly darkened, end papers a little spotted. Fine tight copy of this scarce and fine work..

  $ 500.00

     

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