Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1996. First Edition. Hardcover. 8-5/8 x 11-1/4", black boards, xx, 396pp, pictorial endpapers (feathers), 160 dramatic color plates photographed by Michael Radencich illustrating more than 800 flies. Item #900660
Signed by author Pamela Bates Richards "With Best Wishes" on half-title. Edited by Bob Warren, forewords by Keith Fulsher and Bill Taylor, fly photography by Michael D. Radencich, paintings and pencil sketches recreating Joe Bates's fishing-camp days by John Swan. With additional photographs documenting the life of the salmon, illustrating the world's most beautiful waters, and providing a rare look at some of the legends of the sport. Joseph Bates died before the book's completion and it was finished by his daughter Pam.
At the heart of this reference are complete instructions for tying every major salmon fly developed over the centuries - more than 500 - from classic to contemporary patterns, in countless variations, created by 140 tiers and fished by top anglers. Bates discusses in detail the most effective techniques for finding salmon, reading salmon waters, casting, and landing the fish. The world's salmon waters - from New England and Canada to Iceland and Great Britain, Scandiavia, France and Spain - are explored in word and picture and the techniques of local anglers considered.
Fine in dust wrapper and protective mylar.