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!

21 comments on “New Book Announcement!

  1. David Mac says:

    Congratulations Don, I can’t wait to get a copy of your new book!

  2. Doug Duvall says:

    I am excited to hear of this press release of your upcoming book. The format is wonderful and the list of tyers is impressive! It’s bound to be a modern classic in it’s own right! Congratulations Don and please keep us posted on a publishing date! Will there be signed copies available?
    Your friend in Ohio,
    Doug Duvall

  3. Kelly L says:

    Wow, you know I have to have this book. No doubt about it. Marbury had some outstanding, ingenious work back then. (still to be greatly admired today) Great idea Don. I cannot wait for the arrival of this book. The anticipation is already killing me in fact. 🙂

  4. Charlee Barnes says:

    I can’t wait. I have the 1988 edition of Favoite Flies, and that work leaves the tier with no instructions. It will be great to have this new work. Anyone who is interested in the history of fly fishing and fly tying (and I am,) will want to have a copy. I will be reserving mine.

  5. armando says:

    Congratulations Don and great news and a great augury…

  6. Dan Glover says:

    Can’t wait. I know it will be a great book.

  7. Jeff Turko says:

    Very excited about this. Congratulations!

  8. Dave Lomasney says:

    Sounds like a best seller!!…Can’t wait to get my signed copy!


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  10. Looking forward to this, I also made a post on my blog about it 🙂

  11. Congratulations Don on this audacious project. This will be another import fly tying work to document the rich history of these classic patterns. It will introduce them to a new generation of fly tyers and reintroduce them to those tyers who have forgotten about them.

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  14. Thank you to each and every one that has made a comment here regarding this project. I truly appreciate your encouragement, and your support. Working on this project so far has been lots of fun. I have all the recipes typed except for the ones I am doing, and those for Paul Rossman, but all his flies are already tied anyway. The writing, recording, research, and adjustments of the recipes is a big part of the book writing effort.
    Ted Patlen of New Jersey e-mailed me the other day to say his flies are finished, and he wanted my address to send them to me. Things are moving forward! Thanks again all of you for your comments!
    This project gives me something to focus on while dealing with my divorce. Someday this present state will pass, but I will always be tying flies, fishing, and hopefully doing some writing. I have another book project waiting backstage too.
    I really appreciate your support folks!

  15. Gary says:

    Congratulations! This sounds like a huge undertaking but there is not a tier today as qualified to do it. This is a must have for me! I very much look forward to it.

    • Thanks Gary for your vote of confidence and encouragement, though I’m reluctant to agree with you on being the only tier qualified to do it. Maybe among a pool of several others, I’d say, nevertheless I truly appreciate your kind words and compliments! Thank you!
      And this project is made easier and faster through the involvement of my contributing tiers, their contributing talent will greatly enhance this book.

  16. Erin Block says:

    Many congrats! Very much looking forward this!

  17. […] While at the Marlborough, Massachusetts, Fly Fishing Show over January 20th to the 22nd, I caught up with fellow fly tier and friend, Ed Muzeroll from Maine. We met more than ten years ago at one of the shows, and I am pleased to say Ed is one of the contributing tiers of the Orvis fly patterns for my upcoming book, The Favorite Flies of Mary Orvis Marbury. See my November announcement on the book: […]

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