In reading through my recent post on Elizabeth S. Benjamin, 1829- 1903, commercial fly tier from Ralston, Pennsylvania, this morning, I noted that I initially had made a math error in the age comparison between her and Sara McBride, daughter of fly tier John McBride of New York. According to published information, Sara is recognized as the first woman commercial fly tier in the United States. However, the evidence of flies tied by Elizabeth Benjamin on display at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont, dated 1853 when Sara McBride was only nine years old indicates that the elder of these ladies, Elizabeth Benjamin, should be acknowledged as the first woman commercial fly tier in America.
I also added significant new material to the topic too; you might want to check it out. Thanks to those of you who share a passion in fly tying and fishing history.