With 656 full-color oversize pages that feature written contributions and favorite flies from more than 200 persons ranging from President Jimmy Carter to fly matriarch Joan Wulff to saltwater icon Lefty Kreh to Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard to Riverkeeper founder Robert Boyle to rock musician Huey Lewis to author Tom McGuane to artist James Prosek, America’s Favorite Flies is being heralded as an unprecedented and glorious collaboration.
America’s Favorite Flies is dedicated to the late Norman Maclean, author of “A River Runs Through It” which spawned the movie that attracted the masses to fly fishing. Maclean’s two children, Jean Snyder Maclean and John N. Maclean, have provided their writings along with their enthusiastic confirmation of this dedication. Fly fishing guru Jason Borger – stand-in and fly instructor for the movie – has provided the heartfelt Introduction for America’s Favorite Flies.
The book also includes a variety of guest essays as well as works provided personally by two dozen amazing artists ranging from James Prosek to Eldridge Hardie. Best of all are the flies: a full-page, full-color, high-resolution photograph of the Black Ant that President Jimmy Carter sent, the Royall Wulff that Joan Wulff sent, the Lefty’s Deceiver from Lefty Kreh, Paul Volcker’s Silver Blue, Dave Whitlock’s Red Fox Squirrel Nymph, George Reiger’s Muddler Minnow, Craig Mathews’ Improved Sparkle Dun, John Randolph’s Adams, and on and on. Those and more than 200 others not only sent their flies but also their stories and expertise – all included in America’s Favorite Flies.
Already being heralded as one of angling’s most stunningly gorgeous books, the design and physical details are crafted by Rob Carter whose dozen internationally published books on design confirm his respect as a visual master. America’s Favorite Flies’ design, photography, artworks, selection of papers and inks, and sheer volume all present inimitable beauty and elegance.
And perhaps most compelling is that the authors and 200+ contributors – all busy persons – have contributed their flies and writings and time and energies entirely pro bono so that 100% of the profits from America’s Favorite Flies can be donated to two organizations that help make our waters and fisheries healthier: the James River Association and the Native Fish Society.
Your purchase of America’s Favorite Flies signifies your membership on this amazingly diverse team of persons who are dedicated to the ever healthier waters and fisheries!