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GERALD ALMY.
Tying & Fishing Terrestrials. {Inscribed and Signed by Gerald Almy}.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Stackpole Books. 1978. First edition. Octavo (8 1/2 x 6). 238 pp. including bibliography, index. Inscribed and signed by Gerald Almy on the front fly leaf. Black and white photos throughout the book showing the significant variety of terrestrial insects available to trout (and other fishes, too) and how to dress imitations which effectively mimic the natural insects. Text illustrations. The book is bound in green cloth with gilt titles. Pictorial dust jacket. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with light edge wear. Signed by Author.
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Book number: 010816
USD 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 32.25 | £UK 28.75 | JP¥ 4500]

 
KENNETH E. BAY & HERMANN KESSLER.
Salt Water Flies. Popular Patterns and How to Tie Them. {Inscribed and Signed by Both Authors}.
Philadelphia and New York. J. B. Lippincott Company. 1972. First Edition. Octavo (8 x 6). 150 pp. Inscribed and signed by Kenneth Bay and Hermann Kessler on the half-title. Color and black and white plate showing a variety of fly patterns. With Hermann Kessler’s incomparable step-by-step sequence dressing photos. The book is bound in blue cloth with silver titles. Pictorial dust jacket. A nice book. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Author(s).
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Book number: 010846
USD 32.00 [Appr.: EURO 29.5 | £UK 26.25 | JP¥ 4114]

 
JOSEPH H. BEELART.
Oregon Bamboo. {Signed by the Author}.
Bend, Oregon. Privately published. 2006. Printed by Maverick Publications. Octavo (8 x 6). 331 pp. including appendices, bibliography. Signed by Joseph Beelart on the title page. Color plates showing river scenes, rods, and rod makers. Black and white photos. This book is all-encompassing about everything connected to bamboo rods in Oregon: Historic Makers - Current Makers - Restorers - Original Equipment Manufacturers - Cane Enthusiasts - Fishing in Oregon. The book is bound in pictorial wrappers with green titles. A nice book. Fine.
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Book number: 010868
USD 85.00 [Appr.: EURO 78.25 | £UK 69.75 | JP¥ 10929]

 
RAY BERGMAN.
Trout. {Signed by Ray Bergman}.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penn Publishing Company. 1939 [1938]. Signed by Ray Bergman on the half-title page. First Edition, Third Printing. The first printing was published in November 1938 and this third printing published in January 1939. Thick octavo (8 x 6). 452 pp. including descriptions of flies shown in color plates. Photo frontispiece showing Ray Bergman at his fly dressing bench. A multitude of color plates showing artificial trout flies of nearly every description: dries, wets (hundreds of them), nymphs, streamers and bucktails, steelhead and land locked salmon flies. Text drawings. Eight decades have passed since its initial publication, and Bergman’s Trout remains a basic source book for elegance and courtesy on trout waters. The book is bound in brown cloth with gilt titles on the spine and front cover. Decorated end papers. Pictorial dust jacket. The book is bright and very good with a previous owner’s bookplate on the front end paper. The dust jacket is poor, with chips, fraying, old mends, but with one bright spot, and that’s the original $5.00 price on the front flap; but it’s just plain tired. Signed by Author.
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Book number: 010582
USD 150.00 [Appr.: EURO 137.75 | £UK 123 | JP¥ 19287]

 
JOHN BETTS.
Making Strip-Built Fly Rods from Various Woods on a Lathe.
Portland, Oregon. Frank Amato Publications, Inc. 2007. First Edition. Oblong quarto (8 x 11). 178 pp. Color photos showing step-by-step procedures for making strip fly rods constructed from your choice of hard woods - walnut, cherry, oak, mahogany, mesquite, and for a real twist, manzanita. Text drawings. Mr. Betts was an innovator of the first order, primarily synthetic flies and text calligraphy introduced to fly fishers and a few hand made fly reels. The book is bound in green cloth with green titles and decorations on the spine and front cover. Pictorial dust jacket. A cool book. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
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Book number: 010912
USD 35.00 [Appr.: EURO 32.25 | £UK 28.75 | JP¥ 4500]

 
JOHN BETTS.
Synthetic Flies.
Fair Haven, New Jersey. Privately published. 1980. First Edition. Oblong quarto (8 x 10 1/2). 68 pp. Text illustrations by the author. Mr. Betts created a near firestorm 40 plus years ago when he introduced synthetic materials and dry flies without the need for then $60 premium hackle capes. The flies are effective and somewhat easy to dress. And they catch fish. Step-by-step instructions show the easiest methods to make them. What’s not to like? The book is bound in tan wrappers with black titles. A near fine book.
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Book number: 010914
USD 125.00 [Appr.: EURO 114.75 | £UK 102.5 | JP¥ 16072]

 
BILL & JOHN MCMILLAN.
May the Rivers Never Sleep.
Portland, Oregon. Frank Amato Publications, Inc. 2012. First Edition. Quarto (11 x 8 1/2). 151 pp. Stunning, attractive color photography throughout. Northwest rivers in their natural beauty, passionately written about with intense knowledge and sensitivity by Bill and John McMillan. From Roderick Haig-Brown’s A River Never Sleeps, published in 1946, to this book, Haig-Brown’s influential conviction to protect and nurture salmon and steelhead stocks lives on. Rivers and their fish stocks described month-by-month throughout the year. The book is bound in black cloth with gilt titles. Pictorial dust jacket. Decorated end papers. A nice book. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
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Book number: 010881
USD 55.00 [Appr.: EURO 50.5 | £UK 45.25 | JP¥ 7072]

 
GARY A. BORGER.
Presentation. {Deluxe Limited Edition}.
Wausau, Wisconsin. Published by Tomorrow River Press. 1995. Quarto (11 x 8). 319 pp. including bibliography, index. Limited Edition. Book number 205 of 250 copies published. Signed by Gary Borger on the limitation page. A card laid-in is signed by the author with a size 12 fly dressed by Mr. Borger attached; the card is numbered 125 of 250. A colored print showing a brown trout illustrated by the author's son, Jason Borger is also numbered 205, laid-in. The scarce errata leaf, with a matching number is also signed by Mr. Borger, and it’s laid-in opposite page 24. There are numerous color photos. Black and white text drawings. With sections and chapters on The Fish as Prey - Why Fish are Where Fish Are - The Way Fish Feed - What Fish Eat - The Angler as Predator - Equipment is the Only Thing - Line Handling - Angling Tactics - The Minor Tactics, etc. An excellent book that will improve your fishing skills. The book is bound in textured burgundy leather with gilt titles on the spine. Silk ribbon marker. Burgundy cloth slip case with gilt titles and a color photo tipped-on the side panel. A nice book and slip case. Fine in a fine slip case. Signed by Author.
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Book number: 010831
USD 450.00 [Appr.: EURO 413.25 | £UK 368.5 | JP¥ 57860]

 
RODERICK HAIG-BROWN.
Fisherman's Fall.
First Edition. New York. William Morrow & Company. 1964. First Edition. Octavo (7 ½ x 5 ½). 279 pp. Fisherman’s Fall is the most fully developed title in the Seasons Series (Fisherman’s Spring, Fisherman’s Winter, Fisherman’s Summer) because Haig-Brown spent considerable time snorkeling in the Campbell River observing firsthand salmon and cutthroat trout in their natural environment (and the occasional steelhead; upriver mining poisons had severely depleted the run by 1964) and several chapters in the book were based on these examinations. The book includes sections on steelhead fishing with the dry fly, salmon fishing, estuary fishing, concluding with chapters on ethics and under water observations. Harold Ober Associates, Haig-Brown’s New York literary agent, reported sales of 2,261 copies of the book sold; the book went out of print in 1971. The book is bound in brown and yellow cloth with white titles on the spine. Pictorial dust jacket. A handsome book. About the nicest example of this edition as you’ll find. A fine book in a very good dust jacket with the always present light fading to the spine panel.
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Book number: 010898
USD 50.00 [Appr.: EURO 46 | £UK 41 | JP¥ 6429]

 
RODERICK HAIG-BROWN.
Panther.
First Edition. London. Jonathan Cape. 1934. First Edition. Octavo (7 x 5 1/2). [4], 7-10 [11-12], 13-257 [258] pp. Panther is Roderick Haig-Brown’s intimate story of Vancouver Island panthers (or cougars or mountain lions, if you like), Blackstreak and Nassa and their cub, Ki-yu. These are panthers roaming at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, who sometimes weigh as much as 250 pounds - powerful and fearless and who hunt deer and elk and only occasionally attack cattle and raid chicken coops. It is Ki-yu who grows to be the largest and most powerful and fearless of panthers as he ranges over the Plateau and the Wapiti Valley. And it is the story of the ranchers who fear him and seek to kill him. Haig-Brown studied panthers under the watchful eye of John Cecil Smith, the greatest of Vancouver Island panther hunters. Roderick Haig-Brown’s story is based on first-hand experience, his own and Mr. Smith’s. /// Panther was published in London in November 1934, a week before the book was published in the U.S. by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, under the title Ki-yu: A Story of Panthers. The text is identical under both titles. The 1934 Jonathan Cape first edition of Panther is by far Haig-Brown’s scarcest book and it’s a rare book in the trade. This is just the second time in more than 25 years that I’ve had it. Haig-Brown’s literary agent in New York, Harold Ober Associates, had no record of the number of copies of Cape's Panther sold, but it was undoubtedly very small. You will see dozens of Ki-yu’s before you’ll see another first of Panther. The book is bound in the publisher’s first state binding of green cloth with yellow titles on the spine and front cover (there’s also a second state binding in red cloth). There’s scattered foxing in the text and the spine title is dulled. A very good book.
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Book number: 010788
USD 165.00 [Appr.: EURO 151.5 | £UK 135.25 | JP¥ 21215]

 
RODERICK HAIG-BROWN.
Return to the River. A Story of the Chinook Run. {Inscribed by Roderick Haig-Brown to David Denbigh, Art Director for the Salmon Portfolio}.
New York. Crown Publishers, Inc. 1974. Octavo (8 x 6). 248 pp. plus 1 page biography of Haig-Brown. Inscribed by Roderick Haig-Brown to David Denbigh. Mr. Denbigh was the art director and producer for the extravagant salmon portfolio presented to governments officials attending the Third U. N. Law of the Sea Conference held in Caracas, Venezuela in 1974. Several of David Denbigh’s color salmon plates are included within the portfolios’ folders. This copy of Return to the River was inscribed by Haig-Brown to David Denbigh when he and other portfolio participants, including Bill Reid, Haida artist, and Robert R. Reid, typographer for the portfolio, visited with him at his home, Above Tide, in early 1974 in an effort to convince Haig-Brown to write the book for the portfolio, titled "The Salmon." Their mission was successful. "Working on the diplomatic comments on the Law of the Sea brochure - not too much, but they want to have things two ways - propaganda, but not propaganda, salmon as a world resource, but not really a world resource, Canada’s world resource. Well, one can always try within limits. But committees can’t write books. I’ve enjoyed it though and they really haven’t interfered much," Haig-Brown wrote. Signed copies of Haig-Brown’s books published during the 1970s are quite scarce, as he was exceptionally busy with several projects during this period of time. The book is bound in brown cloth with blue titles. Pictorial dust jacket. A nice book. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by Author.
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Book number: 010376
USD 150.00 [Appr.: EURO 137.75 | £UK 123 | JP¥ 19287]

 
RODERICK HAIG-BROWN.
Return to the River: A Story of the Chinook Run. {Limited Edition}.
New York. William Morrow and Company. 1941. Octavo (8 x 6). 260 pp. Limited Edition. Book number 66 of 520 copies published (of which 475 are for sale). Signed by Roderick Haig-Brown and the book's illustrator, Charles De Feo, on the limitation page. Illustrated color frontispiece. With sixteen exquisitely drawn plates by Charles De Feo. The book is the finest account written on the life history Pacific salmon. In early 1976 Roderick Haig-Brown sat for an interview with angling author Ernest Schwiebert. During the interview, Haig-Brown recalled how he decided to write The Western Angler (published by The Derrydale Press in 1939) before writing Return to the River in order to establish his considerable knowledge and expertise with the anadromous fisheries so that potential publishers would eventually accept Return to the River. It's a marvelous book. The book is bound in quarter red morocco with gilt titles and gray cloth. Top edge gilt. Complete with the publisher’s grey paper patterned slipcase. This book has a hand colored image of a Kingfisher drawn by Jim Rimmer tipped-in on the front free end paper. A fine book excepting the always discolored front and back paste downs resulting from the binder's glue. Near fine in a very good slip case with edge wear. Signed by Author.
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Book number: 010808
USD 250.00 [Appr.: EURO 229.5 | £UK 204.75 | JP¥ 32144]

 
RODERICK HAIG-BROWN.
Roderick Haig-Brown Holograph Letters. Three Letters Penned by Haig-Brown Addressed to a Judge in Victoria, B. C.
The three letters were written in 1969 on Roderick Haig-Brown’s Campbell River stationery (11 x 7 1/4) and each is addressed to a judge living in Victoria. The contents include his discussion of two Haig-Brown caught Tyee salmon many years prior, contemporary scuba diving in the Campbell observing sockeye salmon, a little trout fishing, and also his prospective appointment as Chancellor at the University of Victoria, together with matters of the law. Roderick Haig-Brown’s holograph letters have become quite scarce and these are nice examples during an exceedingly busy time in his life. The three letters in fine condition, with folds. Includes one of the original mailing envelopes.
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Book number: 010072
USD 300.00 [Appr.: EURO 275.5 | £UK 245.75 | JP¥ 38573]

 
RODERICK HAIG-BROWN.
The Western Angler. An Account of Pacific Salmon and Western Trout. {Two Volumes}.
Lyon, Mississippi. The Derrydale Press. 1991. One of 2500 sets published. Two volumes. Quarto (10 1/2 x 8). Vol. 1: 200 pp. Vol. 2: 192 pp. including index. Foldout map of British Columbia fishing waters bound in opposite page 3 in volume one. Color frontispiece of artificial flies in both volumes. Color plates of game fish by E. B. S. Logier. Black and white photos. Text illustrations. This reprint is an affordable alternative to the pricey 1939 limited edition. Nevertheless, you’d think the publisher in Misssip would have given a moment of thought to approximating the original bindings in red cloth, no? Red leatherette, maybe? Ah, no. Both volumes bound in full black leatherette with gilt titles on the spines and front covers. Marbled end papers. All edges gilt. A nice set. In fine condition.
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Book number: 010813
USD 75.00 [Appr.: EURO 69 | £UK 61.5 | JP¥ 9643]

 
RODERICK HAIG-BROWN.
The Western Angler: An Account of Pacific Salmon and Western Trout. {Both Volumes Signed by Roderick Haig-Brown}.
New York. The Derrydale Press. 1939. Limited Edition. Both volumes signed by Haig-Brown on the half-title. Two Volumes. Vol. 1: 200 pp. Vol. 2: 191 pp. including index. Quarto (10 1/2 x 8). This is a mixed numbered set. Volume 1 is number 560 and volume 2 is number 552 of 950 sets published. Color frontispiece showing artificial flies in each volume. Exquisite color plates of fish by E.B.S. Logier. Black and white photos. Text drawings. Foreword by C. McC. Mottley. Since its publication long ago, Haig-Brown's masterful treatment of fly fishing in the Pacific Northwest remains the most comprehensive and thorough account published. This set at one time belonged to former Washington state legislator Charles H. Todd with his signature in both volumes. Mr. Todd was a lifelong Democrat (and in today’s world, it’s the only sane major political body in the U.S.) and one of Seattle’s most well-known attorneys and an accomplished fly fisherman. The two volumes bound in their original red cloth with gilt titles and decorations. There’s some light soiling to the covers, otherwise this is a very good set. Signed copies of the Derrydale Press edition are scarce. Signed by Author.
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Book number: 010801
USD 400.00 [Appr.: EURO 367.25 | £UK 327.5 | JP¥ 51431]

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