The stories and images of popular American artificial flies of the late 19th century were compiled by Mary Orvis Marbury, daughter of the founder of the Orvis fishing tackle company that is still a leading name in fishing gear. In 1890, Marbury asked seasoned anglers throughout the United States specific questions about their favorite fly. Their answers were compiled and combined with beautiful illustrations.
The origins of fly tying date to the 1st and 2nd century BC in Macedonia, where brown trout anglers attached feathers to their hooks to imitate the insect life in the streams. Through the years fishing with an artificial fly has evolved from a practical way to catch fish to a highly refined sport, but the method of winding materials onto a hook remains the same.
Our fine art prints are inspired by antique illustrations. We make them with superb pigmented inks and heavyweight German fine art paper made from 100% cotton and spring water.