New Book Announcement!

Don Bastian


The Whitefish Press

Have entered into a contract to publish a book on 19th Century Orvis Fly Patterns titled:

Favorite Fishing Flies – 1892

All 291 of the fly patterns from Marbury’s 1892 book will be replicated in a fly tier-

friendly volume including tying recipes.


Hackles, Salmon Flies, Lake Flies, Trout Flies, and Bass Flies –

Dressed by:

Eric Austin, Tom Baltz, Don Bastian, Dave Benoit, Scott Bleiler, John “CJ” Bonasera, Austin Clayton, Matt Crompton, Chris Del Plato, John Hoffmann, Dave Lomasney, Ronn Lucas, Ed Muzeroll, Ted Patlen, Bob Petti, Roger Plourde, Paul Rossman, Dave Schmezer, Mike Schmidt, Bill Shuck, Leigh Shuman, Royce Stearns, Kat Rollin, April Vokey, and Rick Whorwood.

I would like to personally thank each of these contributing fly tiers. Their individual and diverse fly tying talents and experience will enrich and enhance this project.

This book will present high-resolution photographs of the actual antique flies from the 32 original 1892 Orvis Fly Plates that were used as specimens for the painted lithographs in Marbury’s book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories, plus close to 100 additional 19th Century Orvis-related fly pattern recipes. For the privilege of access to the original 120 year-old fly plates,  a special acknowledgement and huge thank-you goes out to Catherine Comar, Executive Director, and Yoshi Akiyama, Deputy Director of the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont, for their permission, assistance, and cooperation.

This book will include an instructional tying chapter and notes on pattern origins.

Favorite Fishing Flies – 1892


Don Bastian

The Whitefish Press


Favorite Fishing Flies – 1892 will present replications of all 291 of the historic 19th Century fly patterns from Mary Orvis Marbury’s 1892 book, including written and in some instances, updated dressings in a fly tier-friendly format. The combination of photographs and recipes for these patterns will be available to the public for the first time since the publication of Forgotten Flies in 1999.

Exact publication date for Favorite Fishing Flies – 1892 is not yet determined. However, to reserve your Signed Copy of the Limited Edition, please contact:

The Whitefish Press – or by writing:

The Whitefish Press,

4240 Minmor Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45217

Thank you!