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American Fly Fishing: An Illustrated History Updated with an Important New Afterword (American Museum of Fly Fishing Books) Hardcover – October 1, 1999

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  • Series: American Museum of Fly Fishing Books
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558219471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558219472
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

The old adage that a fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and an idiot at the other is never more true than when it comes to fly-fishing, a sport that is akin to a religion to millions worldwide. In this volume, "Schullery provides a service by giving us the first thorough overview of the literature, techniques, and materials of fly fishing" (LJ 8/87). This edition contains a new introduction by the author. Libraries already owning fly-fishing how-to titles may want this for balance.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover

Fly fishing has a rich, varied, and often misread 250-year history in America. This classic account of America's favorite pastime - from colonial time to the present - explores the literature and technology, and the personalities and places where they fished. Thaddeus Norris, John Harrington Keene, Theodore Gordon, Preston Jennings, and Vincent C. Marinaro are just a few of the many prominent angling authors whose contributions are thoroughly examined in this important book. But fly fishing in America is much more than the sum of these and other great names. Author Paul Schullery has studied the changes in fly fishing and its values, the relationship of geography and rivers to the sport, how European traditions were adapted or discarded, and how the evolution of new technology has affected its growth and popularity. An entire section is devoted to the fascinating developments of the gilded age: perforated reels, mass production of split-can rods, railroad-sponsored resort towns, great women anglers, and more. This work remains the first - and most important - account of the sport in the United States, and has been widely praised as essential reading for all fly fishers. (8 3/4 X 11 1/4, 298 pages, b&w photos, illustrations)

More About the Author

Paul Schullery writes about nature, especially about the history of our relationship with it and the wonder it still holds for us today. He is the author, co-author, or editor of more than forty books and hundreds of articles. Paul was born in Middletown, Pennsylvania, in 1948. He has an M.A. in American History from Wittenberg University, a B.A. in American History from Ohio University, and an honorary doctorate of letters from Montana State University.
At various times since 1972, Paul has worked for the National Park Service in Yellowstone as a ranger-naturalist, historian-archivist, environmental protection specialist, senior editor in the Yellowstone Center for Resources, and chief of cultural resources. He retired from the National Park Service in 2008, but continues to write, publish, and speak on a variety of topics.
Paul and his spouse, the artist Marsha Karle, have collaborated as author and illustrator on five of his books, most recently This High Wild Country: A Celebration of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
Paul's other books about nature include The Bears of Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon, American Bears, Mountain Time, Searching for Yellowstone, America's National Parks, Real Alaska, and Lewis and Clark Among the Grizzlies. He has written for dozens of popular and technical publications, ranging from the Encyclopedia Brittanica Yearbook of Science and the Future and BioScience to The New York Times and Outdoor Life.
During one of the times when he was not working in Yellowstone, Paul was executive director of The American Museum of Fly Fishing, in Manchester, Vermont, from 1977 to 1982. His series of books on the history and culture of fly fishing includes American Fly Fishing, Shupton's Fancy, Royal Coachman, Cowboy Trout, The Rise, If Fish Could Scream, and Fly-Fishing Secrets of the Ancients. He has received several honors for this work, including the Federation of Fly Fishers' Roderick Haig-Brown Award.
Among other awards, Paul is the recipient of an honorary doctorate of letters from Montana State University, the Wallace Stegner Award from the University of Colorado Center of the American West, a Panda Award for scriptwriting from Wildscreen International, and the Communications Award from the George Wright Society.
Paul wrote and narrated the 2002 PBS film "Yellowstone: America's Sacred Wilderness." He served as an advisor and interviewee for the Ken Burns film "The National Parks," broadcast in 2009.
Since 2009, Paul has been scholar-in-residence at the Montana State University Library.
For a recent interview, see Dayton Duncan's book The National Parks: America's Best Idea (Knopf, 2009), pages 252-255.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Waggoner Jones on February 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As one casts for trout with a modern high-tech rod, line, leader and one of the zillion fly patterns now available, it is easy to forget how far we have come in the 250 or so years that fly fishing has been practiced in North America, and yet how little things have really changed in terms of the techniques used, concepts of what constitutes necessary equipment, and the attitude of serious endeavor that pervades all aspects of fly fishing. Paul Schullery has complied an exhaustive volume that takes the reader from old world origins of the sport and how they influenced Colonial American fishing, and in particular, fly fishing,to the advances in tackle and techniques during the Victorian era, and finally to our modern practices. The reproductions of portraits and early prints, the quotations from period news sources, journals and books, and the high-quality photographs of the flys, rods and reels from the early 1800's and thereafter make this book a source of great value to anyone specifically interested in fly fishing as a sport, and the developing history of fishing and fly fishing in North America from the time of the first Europeon contact, in Colonial America, and thereafter. It shows, in the final analysis,that despite the high-tech materials we now expect when we purchase rods, reels and related fly fishing equipment, our forefathers, with their spliced rods, wenches, and horse hair lines, would have well understood the how and the why of fly fishing as now practiced, and that in some respects, they were closer to such truth as may exist in this never ending pursuit with a fly for trout and lesser fish, than we might have anticipated.
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By Alfred Henderson on February 18, 2014
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This book would be in new condition if it didn't have the library's name stamped on the edges of the pages. I removed the library stickers and the stamp is the only sign left of it's origin.
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By Arthur F Conway on January 30, 2014
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Have been looking for a copy of this book for quite a while. The used copy is in excellent shape, and the book is everything I expected.
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Author Paul Schullery gives a well written and illustrated overview of the origins and development of fly fishing in America. The book touches on all aspects of American fly fishing for trout, bass, salmon, steelhead and salt water species. Various advances in equipment are covered as well, rods, reels, lines and of course the flies themselves.
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