More on the Book

As I continue my rather diligent work on my book, – all day yesterday, Columbus Day, and starting at 5:30 AM this morning until about 12:30 PM, I’m still having fun! Though since I decided to number all the flies, starting at No. 292 after the last pattern in Mary Orvis Marbury’s book, besides numbers, I’m also listing them in alphabetical order. The painstaking part is that as I glean the text of Favorite Flies and Their Histories, I keep finding new unnamed patterns, and then that means I have to start wherever the aplha listing was and re-number every fly from that point all the way to the end. I’ve had to do that now a dozen or more times. Right now the count stands at 494; which means I have more than 200 additional patterns beyond the 291 originally listed in Marbury’s book. That’s exciting! I’m finding out about the origins of wet flies that I had previously associated with 20th century pattern books, which for the most part, don’t tell you anything about fly pattern origins. But don’t look for every last fly to be detailed with the history and origin, because in some cases it just isn’t there.

Going through the text, looking for something I saw previously and then didn’t record it right that second, and then going back and trying to find it, has actually yielded the additional benefit of finding more more flies, more details, and other interesting tidbits of information. Thanks for your support folks!

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4 comments on “More on the Book

  1. Alec S. says:

    Hi Don – One comment on your book.. I hope you will take it in the spirit in which it is intended; one of enthusiasm and encouragement! Might you consider a more precise title? “The Favorite Flies of Mary Orvis Marbury” is a succinct title to be sure, but simply not true. The flies in the book were not HER favorites, but the favorites of American anglers from far and wide, as you know. In the past, authors were not afraid to use longer more accurate titles. i.e.
    “Favorite Flies of America’s Angler’s, as compiled by Mary Orvis Marbury” or something along those lines. I know from past comments of yours and in my own experience that sometimes folks confuse those who popularized a pattern and those who originated it. Authors have a special responsibility for accuracy and historical authenticity; the level to which you achieve that in your tying is a delight to behold and I hope you will strive for the same when choosing a title for your book… which I can’t wait to get!! All the best, Alec

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Again Alec;
      Absolutely. I have been thinking that this title is lacking…And I know all about the association of flies with names. Like the “Bergman wet flies.” Many people think he originated them, or that they were his patterns…while in truth Bergman originated only one wet fly, the Quebec. He originated more streamers, mostly drys, and even a copuple hairwing steelhead flies. The Sawtooth and Surveyor, but I’m going on memory, that may not be completely correct. Bergman’s association with the wet flies is due to the fact that Trout when published, contained the largest illustrated collection of fishing flies ever published. And 440 of the 612 were wet flies.
      Maybe, America’s Favorite Flies of the 19th Century…? I almost have to work to Orvis name into it…I’ll be thinking about it. Thanks for your ideas!

  2. Dan Glover says:

    Hi Don,
    Can’t wait for you to finish the book. I’m very interested in the history of flies.
    Thanks
    Dan Glover

    • Don Bastian says:

      Hi Dan;
      Thanks for your comment, nice to hear of your interest and support! The diligent research has been interesting and has paid other dividends too, in my learning the origin of many patterns from Bergman’s Trout, that I just never knew because that info was not readily available. Marbury’s book is inconsistent in that it doesn’t provide histories for every pattern…and there may not be much I can do about that. Nevertheless it’s been getting more fun recently as I’ve gotten more into writing the recipes and begin working on the text. Thanks again!

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