Five years ago the idea was born. I’d had been asked whether or not I planned to publish another book after Call of the Stream. It turns out that I had already been toying with plans for something on historical South African fly patterns. And, so the early stages of research started. I spoke to many well-known fly fishers and gradually the ideas began to develop into a structure and make sense.
Then three years or so ago I approached Ed Herbst around the time that his DVD series on SA flies ended because of videographer, Andrew Ingram’s time constraints and asked if he would be interested in co-authoring the book with me. The rest is history; Ed accepted the invitation. What a pleasure and stimulating experience it has been to work with a man that amazes me every time we speak; his encyclopedic knowledge is unsurpassed as is his generosity for sharing so freely.
We have done the hard yards and the book proposal is before the publishers at the moment as we wait with baited breath for their decision.
One of our ideas for the cover
My daughter Catherine Small, a graphic designer who lives in LA, California, USA, has done an outstanding job of pulling our ideas together for the design and layout. Here below is a taste of our new book, South African Flies – An Anthology of Milestone Patterns which, if the publishers accept our draft proposal, will be on the shelves later this year. Some of the images will change from this draft to the final and are currently all low resolution, but it gives a glimpse into what can be expected. See the link below.
The book is not an exhaustive record of all flies that may be considered indigenous to SA, but those chosen are in our view milestone patterns because of their uniqueness of design, tying techniques and materials used; the foundation of our own particular South African style.
We are also indebted to the fly tyers who agreed to participate by telling us the interesting stories behind the creation of their flies.
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