I would like to announce an update on my book, formerly and tentatively titled, The Favorite Flies of Mary Orvis Marbury. After a suggestion from my friend Alec Stansell, I got to thinking. The title may be misleading in that all 291 of the patterns from her 1892 book, Favorite Flies and Their Histories, were not actually her patterns. Most likely, her book flies were integrated into the Orvis commercial inventory, but a good many of them were sent in by the many correspondents from the United States and Canada.
Considering this my new book title is: Favorite Fishing Flies – 1892.
It will include reproductions of all 291 of the patterns from Marbury’s book, with tying recipes taken – corrected and adjusted from my scrutiny of the macros I made of each individual fly pattern, plus the tying recipes for another 211 patterns, a good many of which have never been published previously. I discovered a handful of patterns from the pages of her book not included in the Forgotten Flies – Marbury/ Orvis Chapter. Most of the unpublished patterns are sourced from the framed 1893 Orvis Display created by Mary Orvis Marbury for the 1893 Chicago Exposition, located at the American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, Vermont. Here is a list of the twenty-five contributing fly tiers:
Eric Austin – Ohio; Tom Baltz – Pennsylvania; Don Bastian – Pennsylvania; Dave Benoit – Massachusetts; Scott Bleiler – Georgia; John “CJ” Bonasera – Pennsylvania; Austin Clayton – Colorado; Matt Crompton – Virginia; Chris Del Plato – New Jersey; John Hoffman – Ontario; Dave Lomasney – Maine; Ronn Lucas, Sr. – Oregon; Ed Muzeroll – Maine; Ted Patlen – New Jersey; Bob Petti – New York; Roger Plourde – Connecticut; Kat Rollin – New York; Paul Rossman – Connecticut; Dave Schmezer – Florida; Mike Schmidt – Ohio; Bill Shuck – Maryland; Leigh Shuman – Pennsylvania; Royce Stearns – Oregon; April Vokey – British Columbia; and Rick Whorwood – Ontario.
I find it interesting that these fly tiers are from across the Unites States and Canada, much the same as the correspondents of one-hundred twenty years ago were for Marbury’s original work.
I also want to announce that I just made a CD of the original book plate flies that I have thus far photographed; 24 of the original 32 color plates. I will be running these in slide show format on my laptop at the upcoming shows.
Here is a photo peek at one of the 1893 original flies from the museum display to whet your appetite:
The Juno, a pattern originated for fishing in Maine. This photo was taken through glass that has not been cleaned on the inside for 120 years. There may have been a bit of glare, and it was hand-held. Hopefully you “get the picture.” That’s real scarlet ibis for the wing and tail and silk chenille for the body. I’d say this hook is about a 2/0. Back in the 1800’s there were still a few eight pound brook trout swimming in the Rangeley Lake Region of Maine. That was before the unfortunate extirpation of the forage base blueback trout.
Advance, limited-edition copies of the book can be reserved by contacting:
The Whitefish Press
Or by writing:
The Whitefish Press,
4240 Minmor Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45217
Release date is not yet determined.