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Fishing Books

Catalog Report

Catalog Report

Fishing Books : 37 Books

[1835] Almy, Gerald. Tying & Fishing Terrestrials. Harrisburg, Pa: Stackpole, Hard Cover. 8 vo., 238 pp. (1978) 1st ed. The author provides a solid base of terrestrial natural history, fly fishing technique, and a fly boxful of over 30 fly patterns. Fully illustrated, step-by-step tying sequences. Green cloth. Minor edgewear; slight soiling of foredges; o/w VG+ in G+ pictorial d.j. with some chipping and rubbing. $10.00

[3425] Bell, Gordon. Pacific Salmon: From Egg to Exit . Surrey, B.C.: Hancock House, Abt. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2" tall, 128 pp. 1st Edition (1996). A panoramic view of the five Pacific salmon species, their life histories, anatomy and physiology. Augmented with cartoons, illus. and a glossary. This copy INSCRIBED by the author on the half-title. Stiff card wraps. Near Fine copy. $14.00

[3117] Bennett, Tiny. Art of Angling. Toronto: Prentice-Hall, Hard Cover. Tall 8 vo., 288 pp. 1st edition. 1970. A basic, general work on freshwater angling in North America, dealing with not only the great game fish such as bass, pike, muskie and trout, but also the more neglected varieties like catfish, carp and panfish. Many b/w photos plus 8 beautiful illustrations from paintings by Canadian artist Glen Loates. Green paper-on- boards. Minor edgewear; corners bumped; slight soiling of foredges; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. with minor chipping and rubbing. $14.00

[3582] Clark, Greg. Greg Clark & Jimmie Frise Go Fishing. Toronto: Collins, Hard Cover. 8 vo., 224 pp. 1st Collected Edition. 1980. At the old "Star Weekly", Greg Clark and Jimmie Frise worked together as writer and illustrator during the 1930's. The present collection is the fourth in a series devoted to bringing the very best of their work to newer generations for their enjoyment. Their fishing stories were especially good. Green cloth. Slight edgewear; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. $8.00

[575] Clemens, W.A. and Wilby, G.V.. Fishes of the Pacific Coast of Canada. Fisheries Research Board of Canada, Bulletin # 68. , Hard Cover. 4 to., 368 pp. 1949. lst ed. Green cloth. Incl. many b/w drawings by F.L. Beebe. Spine and edges a bit rubbed; boards slightly warped; minor foxing; o/w G+. May require extra postage. $18.00

[4510] Cooper, A.E. (ed.). Sea Fishing. London: Seeley Service & Co., Hard Cover. 8 vo., 352 pp. plus many plates. n.d. (circa 1930's). Volume 17 of the prestigious Lonsdale Library of sport. "An excellent piece of work by specialists." 2-tone Brown cloth. Minor edgewear; one corner bumped; ding to top of spine; moderate foxing to rear cover; front hinge starting to crack; prev. owner's card pasted to f.e.p.; about a G+ to -VG copy in a Good+ copy of the scarce d.j. $20.00

[1038] Crawhall, Joseph. Compleatest Angling Booke, The. New York: Freshet Press, Hard Cover. Lg. 4 to., 237 pp. incl. many b/w illus. 1970. Reprint of orig. 1881 ed. The original edition of this fishing classic was privately printed in 1859 in an edition of 40 copies and reprinted with additional material in 1881 in an edition of 100 copies. This reprint approximates the 1881 ed. as closely as possible, to the extent of importing paper from Germany for the text and decorative paper from Italy for the endpapers. Black decorative cloth. One small page tear; a couple of turned corners; two minor bumps to front cover edge; o/w Near Fine in slightly worn, Gold paper-covered VG+ slipcase. $40.00

[3448] De Borodesky, Sonia. Surge of the Sea . London: Robert Hale, Hard Cover. 12 mo., 159 pp. 1st English Edition. 1961. Translated by Mervyn Savill. She defied maritime law and tradition and became the first woman to take up a French fisherman's life. At the time of publication, de Borodesky was the only woman in France with a permit to fish as skipper with a crew in coastal waters. This is her story. Blue cloth. Slight edgewear; one minor ding to edge of rear board; o/w VG+ in a G+ pictorial d.j. with chipping and a couple of short taped tears. $9.00

[2986] Foster, Fred. Fred Foster's Swing Tipping and Other Modern Techniques . London: Cassell, Hard Cover. Sm. 8 vo., 113 pp. 1st Edition. 1976. Ledgering--fishing with a bait anchored by a lead resting on the bottom--vastly improved in the 1960's and 1970's, thanks to the invention of the swing tip. Fred Foster was a master at this type of fishing and he gladly shared his techniques here for the beginners. Green cloth. Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in a VG pictorial d.j. $8.00

[3572] Haig-Brown, Roderick. Master and His Fish: From the World of Roderick Haig-Brown . Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, Hard Cover. Sm. 8 vo., 202 pp. 1st Can. Edition (1981). A collection of the best fishing pieces of Roderick Haig-Brown, edited by daughter Valerie. World-renowned as the best writer on the joys and challenges of fly fishing, Haig-Brown relates the quiet pleasures of angling, talks of the flies he developed, the friends he fished with and the ethics of fishing. Tan paper-on-boards with Brown cloth spine. Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in VG pictorial d.j. with one short tear and some chipping. $17.00

[1828] Haig-Brown, Valerie. Deep Currents: Roderick and Ann Haig-Brown. Victoria, B.C.: Orca Book Publishers, Hard Cover. 8 vo., 216 pp. plus 32 pp. of b/w photos. (1997) 1st ed. An intimate biography of the author's parents: her father, a writer, conservationist and judge; her mother, an inspirational librarian and teacher and community activist. Brown cloth. Minor edgewear; a nickel-size spot of damage on front cover that may have been a binding flaw; o/w VG in VG pictorial d.j. with slight chipping and rubbing. $9.00

[5167] Honey, Gordon and Strand, Kenneth . Flyfishing Small Lakes for Trout: a Guide for Beginners . Lac Le Jeune, B.C. : Self Published, Signed by Author. Abt. 5-1/2 x 8-1/2" tall; 129 pp. plus ads and Fishing Log. 1st Edition. Sept. 1999. The authors "...teach you what trout feed on and even advise you as to proper equipment, ranging from rods to boats". Illustrated with photos, drawings and 4 colour pages of recommended flies. This copy INSCRIBED by Ken Strand to a fisherman who Ken considers an expert, and he has crossed out the words "A Guide for Beginners" on the title page. Glossy pictorial stiff card wraps. A Near Fine copy. $16.50

[4226] Hughes, Dave. Strategies for Stillwater: The Tackle, Techniques, and Flies for Taking Trout in Lakes and Ponds . Harrisburg, Pa: Stackpole Books, Hard Cover. Signed by Author. Sm. 8 vo., 246 pp. 1st Edition (1991). The author fills this book with the fun, the experience, and the know-how he's discovered fishing lakes and ponds. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Numerous b/w illus. Green cloth. Slight edgewear; slight soiling of foredges; o/w a VG+ copy in a VG+ pictorial d.j. with a little edgewear. $24.50

[5172] James, Ian Colin. Fumbling with a Flyrod: Stories from the River . Toronto: Harper Collins, Hard Cover. Oblong 8 vo., 206 pp. 1st Edition (2000) A group of hilarious stories plus much practical advice and some Fly Dressings. A popular and much sought-after book. Grey paper-on-boards. Slight edgewear; o/w a Near Fine copy in a VG+ d.j. with some slight rubbing. $50.00

[3568] Keizer, Milt. Western Steelhead Fishing Guide . Portland, Oregon: Frank Amato, Abt. 8-1/2 x 11", 152 pp. (1988). Everything you need to know to hook steelhead consistently: tackle, methods and best river selections. Incl. a chapter on Steelhead Fly Fishing by Frank Amato. Maps and photos complement the text. Red heavy card pictorial covers. Moderate rubbing and chipping of covers; minor soiling of foredges; o/w VG. $10.00

[557] Knight, John Alden. Theory and Technique of Fresh Water Angling, The. N.Y.: Harcourt, Brace & Co., Hard Cover. Sm. 4 to., 223 pp. incl. several b/w photos plus 4 pages in colour of various fishing flies. (1940) "Next to a day with him on the stream, there could be no finer introduction to the angler's art than the reading of this book." Blue cloth. Slight edgewear, o/w VG in Good Only d.j. with pieces missing from top and bottom of spine. $15.00

[2954] Lampman, Ben Hur. Leaf from French Eddy: a Collection of Essays on Fish, Anglers & Fishermen . New York: Harper & Row, Hard Cover. 12 mo., 115 pp. 1979. 1st mass market printing (privately printed in 1965). Several b/w illus. by Heather Preston. All anglers will recognize something of themselves in Lampman's tales of guileful, graceful fish and those who are obsessed with their capture. Beige paper-on-boards with Green cloth spine. Minor edgewear; minor ding to bottom of spine; o/w VG+ in a G+ d.j. with some chipping and rubbing. $11.00

[1850] Leiser, Eric. Fly-Tying Materials: Their Procurement, Use, and Protection . N.Y.: Crown Publishers, Hard Cover. Tall 8 vo., 191 pp. 2nd printing. 1974. A thorough and imaginative treatment of all the materials needed by the flytier: the feathers, fur, hooks, synthetic materials, departed species and their substitutes, and the necessary tools. Many illus. INSCRIBED by the author on the half-title. Brown paper-on-boards with Cream cloth spine. Minor shelf-wear; minor damage to top of spine; foredges discoloured; o/w -VG in G+ d.j. with some chipping and rubbing and discolouration. $16.00

[1833] Lincoln, Robert Page. Black Bass Fishing: Theory and Practice. Harrisburg, Pa: Stackpole, Hard Cover. 8 vo., 376 pp. 1st edition. (1952) The author was one of America's pioneer bass fisherman and every method of fishing for bass is dealt with here in a complete manner. Illus. with drawings by Steve Miller. Tan cloth. Moderate edgewear and foxing; slight soiling of foredges; stain on two pages from newspaper clipping; o/w VG in Poor pictorial d.j. with heavy chipping and some staining. $18.00

[5169] Mathews, Craig and Juracek, John . Fly Patterns of Yellowstone. West Yellowstone, MT: Self Published, Signed by Author. 12 mo., 84 pp. 1st Edition. 1987. At the time of publishing, the authors owned and operated Blue Ribbon Flies in West Yellowstone, Montana. They felt a guidebook to Yellowstone fly patterns was long overdue, so they produced this book which they feel includes the flies best suited for the varied water that can be found in the Yellowstone area. B/w and colour photos of flies. This copy SIGNED by Craig Mathews on the half-title. Glossy pictorial boards. Some wear to spine and corners; o/w a VG copy. $32.50

[567] McCaskie, Norman. Fishing: My Life's Hobby. Lon.: Falcon Press, Hard Cover. 4 to., 96 pp. B/w illus. plus colour frontis. 1st Edition. 1950. Intro. by G.E.M. Skues. Blue cloth faded at edges; moderate foxing; o/w G+ in a Good d.j. with some chipping, soiling and rippling. $15.00

[1832] McNally, Tom and McNally, Bob. Tom McNally's Complete Book of Fishermen's Knots. Chi. and N.Y.: J. Philip O'Hara, Hard Cover. 8 vo., 266 pp. (1975) 2nd printing. The nearly 150 knots in this book are useful to all anglers. Don't let the big ones get away because you tied the wrong knot, or you tied the right knot wrong. Well illustrated. Black/Yelllow glossy boards. Minor edgewear; slight soiling of foredges; o/w VG+ in VG d.j. that is price-clipped and has minor chipping and rubbing. $11.00

[1834] Melner, Samuel and Kessler, Hermann(editors). Great Fishing Tackle Catalogs of the Golden Age . N.Y.: Crown Publishers, Hard Cover. Tall 4 to., 344 pp. (1972) 1st ed. A marvelously full and nostalgic collection of the most interesting pages from outstanding old catalogs of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Blue paper-on-boards with Grey cloth spine. Top of spine dinged; corners bumped; some discolouration of paper on covers; slight smoke odour; o/w G+ copy in Good Only pictorial d.j. that is chipped, wrinkled and discoloured. $19.00

[1844] Ovington, Ray. Freshwater Fishing. N.Y.: Hawthorn Books, Hard Cover. Tall 8 vo., 152 pp. 1st edition. (1976) B/w illus. A step-by-step guide on how to catch panfish, bass, trout, pike, pickerel, muskellunge, salmon, and shad. Blue cloth. Minor wrinkling of r.e.p.'s; minor soiling and discolouration of foredges; o/w VG in VG pictorial d.j. that's price-clipped and has minor chipping and rubbing. $12.00

[2422] Profumo, David and Swift, Graham (ed.). Magic Wheel, The: an Anthology of Fishing in Literature. London: William Heinemann, Hard Cover. Tall 8 vo., 460 pp. 1st Ed. 1986. A fascinating and unusual anthology, with works taken from literature through the ages, from erotic writing to religious sermons, from the Bible and Homer to John Buchan and George Orwell. 9 b/w illus. from artists as diverse as William Hogarth and M.C. Escher. Blue cloth. Minor edgewear and rubbing; small remainder dot on bottomedges; poor paper discoloured; o/w VG in VG price-clipped d.j. with minor chipping and rubbing. $14.00

[1839] Quarrington, Paul. Fishing with My Old Guy . Vancouver, Toronto: Greystone Books (Douglas & McIntyre), Hard Cover. 12 mo., 166 pp. (1995) 1st ed. A humorous account of a fishing expedition to Northern Quebec by the author and three friends. Green paper-on-boards. Minor ding to bottom of spine; slight shelf-wear; o/w VG+ in VG d.j. with slight chipping and rubbing. $9.00

[5177] Schwiebert, Ernest . Compleat (Complete) Schwiebert: a Treasury of Trout Fishing from Around the World . New York: Truman Talley/Dutton, Hard Cover. 8 vo., 404 pp. 1st Edition. Sept. 1990. "...a journey of discovery along America's premier trout streams in twenty-eight tales of unparalleled adventure and learning. This major new collection is a superlative compendium of trout lore from the Catskills to the Cascades, in the U.S. and abroad, from a man whose career has revolutionized American trout fishing." Introduction by John Merwin. Green paper-on-boards with White cloth spine. Slight edgewear; o/w a Near Fine copy in a VG+ pictorial d.j. with some minor rubbing. $24.50

[3445] Stevens, Homer and Knight, Rolf. Homer Stevens: a Life in Fishing . Madeira Park, B.C.: Harbour Publishing, Hard Cover. 8 vo., 255 pp. 1st Edition (1992). Homer Stevens spent half a century in the British Columbia fishing industry, both as a working fisherman and as a leader of the United Fishermen and Allied Workers' Union. His story, an oral autobiography, was recorded and compiled in this book by Rolf Knight. Several b/w photos. This copy INSCRIBED by Stevens on the title page. Blue cloth. Minor wear and fading of edges; o/w VG+ in a VG pictorial d.j. with minor wrinkling and discolouring. $25.00

[1846] Swisher, Doug and Richards, Carl. Selective Trout. N.Y.: Crown Publishers, Hard Cover. Tall 4 to., 184 pp. plus 8 pp. of colour photos of the "Super Hatches". (1971) 10th printing. A popular reference book for a whole generation of fly fishermen. Many illus. and charts. 2-tone Blue cloth. Slight edgewear; discolouration of foredges; o/w VG in VG pictorial d.j. that's price-clipped and has some chipping, rubbing and discolouration. $15.95

[1838] Taverner, Eric. Trout Fishing From All Angles. London: Seeley, Service & Co., 1933. Hard Cover. 8 vo., 448 pp. plus 50 pp. of b/w illus. and photos. Vol. II in the Lonsdale Library of Sports, Games and Pastimes. Hailed as the best all-round book of its day on brown trout fishing. Brown Buckram. Moderate edgewear; old stain to front cover; prev. owner's name on f.e.p.; o/w a VG solid copy. $38.00

[3118] Tirana, Turhan. Fly Fishing: A Life in Mid-Stream. New York: Kensington Books, Sm. 8 vo., 128 pp. May, 1997. 1st pb. ed. A wonderfully fresh book about the author's memorable experiences as a fly-fisherman. With wit and humor, the author shares his most memorable experiences, from catching his first trout to pursuing the sport in Montana's Yellowstone River and such far-away places as Macedonia and Slovenia. Pictorial card wraps. Slight chipping and soiling of covers, o/w VG+. $7.00

[1227] Various. Freshwater Fishing: Timeless Quotes on Angling. Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel, Hard Cover. 12 mo., unpaginated. 1st Edition. 1997. A pop-up quote book with 5 two-page pop-ups. Illustrated in colour by Paul Lackner. Glossy pictorial boards. Near Fine. $7.50

[5168] Various. Ultimate Fly Box: Over 50 Years of B.C.'s Best Flies . Vancouve, B.C.: B. C. Outdoors Magazine , Abt. 5-1/2 x 8-1/4" tall, 190 pp. 1st Edition (2004) A valuable compilation of fly-of-the-month and fly-tying columns from the B.C. Outdoors Magazine throughout the 1980's and 1990's. The book is divided into the following sections: Nymphs; Emergers; Knots; Dry Flies; Salmonids; plus an article from the Summer, 1946 issue, Tips on Fly Fishing from an "Oldtimer". Foreword by Brian Chan. Numerous drawings and photos, plus a colour photo of every fly mentioned. Glossy pictorial stiff card wraps. Slight edgewear and rubbing; o/w a VG+ copy. $15.00

[3869] Walden, Howard T.. Last Pool: Upstream and Down and Big Stony. New York: Crown Publishers, Hard Cover. 8 vo., 297 pp. 1st Collected Edition (1972). Two classic fishing stories revised and updated by the author, available here in one book. Numerous b/w illustrations by Milton C. Weiler. Grey cloth. Minor edgewear and rubbing; o/w VG+ in a VG d.j. $7.00

[576] Wall, Roy. Contemplative Angler, The. G.P. Putnam's Sons, N.Y.(1948) lst ed., Hard Cover. Sm. 8 vo., 215 pp. Chapter-head illus. by G. Don Ray. An unusual and eloquent book of angling adventures and at the same time a book filled with practical information. Beige cloth. Minor staining of top-edge and e.p.'s; one corner bumped; o/w G+ in heavily chipped and rubbed Good d.j. $16.00

[571] Wanless, Alexander. Science of Spinning for Salmon and Trout, The. London: Herbert Jenkins, Hard Cover. Sm. 8 vo., 168 pp. plus ads. 1930. lst ed. 4 b/w photos plus a few in-text illus. Green cloth covers a bit soiled; edges rubbed; corners bumped; o/w G+. $19.00

[1831] Woolner, Frank. Trout Hunting. N.Y.: Winchester Press, Hard Cover. 8 vo., 246 pp. (1977) A book to help the reader catch trout, and also inform and delight him when circumstances keep him from trout water. Blue cloth. Minor wear and fading of edges; slight soiling of foredges; o/w VG in VG pictorial d.j. that is price-clipped and has minor chipping and rubbing. $12.50

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