Author Steve Woit’s Fly Fishing Treasures: The World of Fly Fishers and Collecting is a colorful review of the area where collecting and fly fishing meet. This hefty tome includes 30 interviews with collectors, tackle experts and manufacturers, auctioneers, museum and club curators, and dealers of antique, vintage and collectible fly fishing tackle.
Woit has been fly fishing for over forty years and has been an avid collector of antique fly fishing tackle for over thirty years. His goal for Fly Fishing Treasures is to pass on some of the knowledge he acquired about fly fishing to other collectors. As he says, “to share an inside view of a community of extraordinary people.”
Woit spent more than seven years meeting and interviewing the collectors, experts, auctioneers, and others who provided him invaluable access to private collections that have rarely been seen.
Fly Fishing Treasures measures 11 by 11 inches and weighs in at 348 pages. In this hefty tome, readers will find more than 800 large, clear, full-color photos, which, according to the publisher, is the largest collection of images of antique and collectible fly rods; fly reels, flies, ephemera and accessories currently in print.
Fly Fishing Treasures is available in both a Standard Edition and an Author’s Limited Edition. The Author’s Limited Edition includes a deluxe cover and slipcase and is limited to 150 signed and numbered copies.
The Standard Edition is priced at $80, while the Author’s Limited Edition is priced at $175. (Visit www.flyfishingtreasures.com to purchase.)
The results of the author’s efforts are beautiful and engaging. If ever there were a book to present fly fishing tackle as art, this would be it. Fly Fishing Treasures would be a treasure for any angler, collector, or fan of “mantiques.”
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