The Founding Flies: 43 American Masters, Their Patterns, and Influences is a fantastic book for any fly tier looking to expand their knowledge and skill level and look back at how famous patterns have been developed.
“For the first time, as far as I know, Mike Valla has brought together in one place an account of the major developments in the ways in which artificial flies were thought about, tied, and fished in the United States over the period from the mid-1880s to the late 1960s… In its scope and depth, The Founding Flies stakes a broader claim for Valla as one of the country’s leading historians of the art and craft of the artificial fly.” –Bud Bynack, California Fly Fisher
“At every level of the angler/fly tier’s age and experience, this book was needed. It is what we have been waiting for, had we but known…Valla weaves a complex and fascinating tapestry full of the wonders of American fly development, east and west. He shows us these tiers’ important flies in a compelling visual dimension and, at the end of the book, gives surprisingly canny and helpful dressings for each of them…It’s a book to be returned to and browsed again for its pleasures and the celebration of that most excellent of objects: the trout fly.”–Gordon M. Wickstrom, American Fly Fisher
- 43 American fly-tying masters, from Marbury to Marinaro, Gordon to Grant
- Color photos of the flies plus recipes for nearly 300 flies
- Important historical record includes profiles of tiers around the country including Art Flick, Ray Bergman, Lee Wulff, Don Gapen, Len Halladay, André Puyans, Cal Bird, Lew Oatman, Dave Whitlock, and 34 more influential tiers