Favorite Flies and Their Histories


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"Who of all that go a-fishing will deny the feeling of a calm content and the glow of satisfaction consequent upon a creel a little heavier of a fish a little larger than that of his fellow-fisherman?" Over 120 years after its original publication, Mary Orvis Marbury's Favorite Flies and Their Histories remains a hugely popular and reliable resource for fly-fishing enthusiasts. Marbury's compilation of nineteenth-century patterns, fancy flies, and fishing theories led the way in standardizing fly patterns in North ...

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Mar 7, 2014

Excellent historical reference

The origins of flies of the day are given good reviews by fisherman in the US and Canada, various bodies of water that these flies will catch fish. Names of the fly dresser's that have created these works of art.Good reference for those who wanted to know where that fly originated.And of course a few fishing stories. Good winter read waiting for snow to melt and spring to happen.

Jan E

Apr 3, 2013


Excellent and exciting reading about flies from the beginning of fly fishing. Recommended !!

James K

Mar 29, 2012

Excellent Compilation

An older but excellent compilation of information about fly fishing flies and how to use them. Superb color plates of flies. A great history of flies at the turn of the century.


Jul 22, 2010

A must for scholarly fly tiers and fishers

Mary Orvis Marbury's book is the place to start in studying flies and fly tying. (Unless, of course, you are really into the British tradition, in which case you need a few of the earlier British tomes.)

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