Western Libraries Special Collections Exhibits

Special Collections Case 01

For the past several years Special Collections has actively collected Fly Fishing mysteries, a little-known mystery fiction niche, but a growing one. Which is not at all unusual, since fly fishing is a rapidly expanding sport, and mystery readers number in the mid millions world-wide. We would like to believe that currently owning 27 unique titles gives us one of the largest collections anywhere, but we would be happy to be proved wrong. Discovering new reads is always a joy. 

Our fly-fishing mysteries draw largely from American authors, and are set primarily in Montana, Wisconsin, Maine and the Northeastern states. But British, Scottish and Russian locations are also featured. The late William G. Tapply, David Leitz, John Galligan, Victoria Houston, and Keith McCafferty have all authored two or more. Plots and characters are as diverse as the flies in a random amateur fly box, and although the quality of writing varies, as would be expected, there are some real gems here, including those by the aforementioned authors. Many novels have environmental or philosophical overtones. John Larison's Holding Lies deals with wild steelhead conservation, while McCafferty's Royal Wulff Murders takes on whirling disease. One of the most unusual is The Snowfly, a mystery about a mythic trout fly that ranges from Michigan to Vietnam. 

In addition to books, this case features two fly plates with flies tied by legendary Northwest Fly Tyer Al Knudson donated by Danny Beatty and Ken Jacot, and a Sage fly rod and Orvis reel donated by Paul Ford. 

For a list of our complete collection of Fly-Fishing mysteries check out the link:

http://library.wwu.edu/onesearch/"fly+fishing+mysteries/wwu_only"

 

 

 

 


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Special Collections Case 02

For the past several years Special Collections has actively collected Fly Fishing mysteries, a little-known mystery fiction niche, but a growing one. Which is not at all unusual, since fly fishing is a rapidly expanding sport, and mystery readers number in the mid millions world-wide. We would like to believe that currently owning 27 unique titles gives us one of the largest collections anywhere, but we would be happy to be proved wrong. Discovering new reads is always a joy. 

Our fly-fishing mysteries draw largely from American authors, and are set primarily in Montana, Wisconsin, Maine and the Northeastern states. But British, Scottish and Russian locations are also featured. The late William G. Tapply, David Leitz, John Galligan, Victoria Houston, and Keith McCafferty have all authored two or more. Plots and characters are as diverse as the flies in a random amateur fly box, and although the quality of writing varies, as would be expected, there are some real gems here, including those by the aforementioned authors. Many novels have environmental or philosophical overtones. John Larison's Holding Lies deals with wild steelhead conservation, while McCafferty's Royal Wulff Murders takes on whirling disease. One of the most unusual is The Snowfly, a mystery about a mythic trout that ranges from Michigan to Vietnam. 

In addition to books, case two features two commercially packaged fly plates by Streamside Innovations, a vintage creel made by the legendary George Lawrence Co. of Portland, Oregon, donated by Jack C. Hutchinson. Additionally some striper flies and "Saltwater Angler" visor donated by Paul Ford, and a Stimson & Lambuth spiral bamboo rod, #19, 1938, donated by Danny Beatty. 

For a list of our complete collection of Fly-fishing mysteries check out the link http://library.wwu.edu/onesearch/"fly+fishing+mysteries/wwu_only"

 


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Special Collections Case 03

Lory Watkins had a life-long passion for fly-fishing. Fortunately that passion extended to a love for the literature and all that might encompass. Western Libraries Special Collections was fortunate in being the recipient of a large portion of his collection when he passed away in April 2013. His enthusiam for the sport and the literature is very evident in each and every book. Many of the books have been signed by authors, some additionally by the illustrators or other contributors and often photographs or correspondence of the author or artist are tucked inside. 

This display case features many treasures, of special interest in this case is the two volume 1991 Derrydale Press edition of Roderick Haig-Brown's, The Western Angler. Beautifully bound in black leather, with gold stamping on cover and spine, and gilt edges and marbled endpapers. 


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Special Collections Case 04

Lory Watkins had a life-long passion for fly-fishing. Fortunately that passion extended to a love for the literature and all that might encompass. Western Libraries Special Collections was fortunate in being the recipient of a large portion of his collection when he passed away in April 2013. His enthusiam for the sport and the literature is very evident in each and every book. Many of the books have been signed by authors, some additionally by the illustrators or other contributors and often photographs or correspondence of the author or artist are tucked inside. 

This display case features many treasures, of special interest in this case is the 1980 edition of Lee Wulff on Flies, signed by author on fly leaf above Lady Jane fly also tied by the author, with photograph of author and provenance statement regarding fly tucked in. 

 


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Special Collections Case 05

Always a nice read, this display features works of poetry featuring campus faculty and staff works from The Western Collection. Sit down, relax and reflect! 


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Special Collections Case 06

An eclectic collection of books from The Fly Fishing Collection are featured here. Roderick Haig-Brown's Fisherman's Seasons (Fisherman's Fall, Fisherman's Winter, Fisherman's Spring, and Fisherman's Summer, and others, along with a book by his father, Alan Roderick Haig-Brown, My Game Book and a new book by Bill and John McMillan, May the Rivers Never Sleep. 


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Special Collections Case 07

Featured here is this year's exhibit of new acquisitions generously donated by Paul and Mary Ann Ford. Subtitled Of Fish Tails it includes publications of The Anglers' Club of New York, recording their shared stories and tails through club bulletins, club histories, and privately printed works as Well dressed lines edited by Samuel Stratton Jennings, and Sparse Grey Hackle edited by Austin M. Francis. Added are other publications by and about Sparse Grey Hackle, Fishless Days, Angling Nights and An Honest Angler: the Best of Sparse Grey Hackle, as well as another noted club member Princeton professor Henry Van Dyke, his Fisherman's Luck and Some Other Uncertain Things, and The Travel Diary of an Angler. The "fish tails" continue with the works of John Gierach, prolific contemporary story teller of the sport and his friend A. K. Best, A. K.'s Fly Box


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Special Collections Case 08

More of this year's Paul and Mary Ann Ford exhibit is featured here including an original watercolor painting, Brown Trout (1996), by noted angling artist, James Prosek. This piece was done by Mr. Prosek while he was still a Yale undergraduate. On display also is Steelhead Flies from Wenatchee River (1997) by Bill Marts. Marts is a a master international salt water fishing guide and fly tyer. He created this artwork from a driftwood piece he found while fishing the Wenatchee River and includes Marts' handcrafted wood flies.  

The bottom shelf features more of John Gierach's work, The View from Rat Lake, Where the Trout are as Long as Your Leg, Even Brook Trout Get the Blues, Another Lousy Day in Paradise, All Fishermen are Liars, Dances with Trout, Fool's Paradise, and Still Life with Brook Trout


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Special Collections Case 09

It is readily assumed that the content of a book (fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, etc.) can be art. What is not always considered is that the book itself can be a work of art. The Fly Fishing books gathered in this display fit this criteria. The boxes, paper, font, ink, artwork and design are carefully chosen to creat a holistic work of art. This display contains John Gierach's, Fishing Bamboo (Deluxe limited edition) and (Limited edition), Ernest Schweibert's, The Henryville flyfishers, Eldride Hardie's work, The paintings of Eldridge Hardie: art of a life in sport, Jane Timken and Carolyn Chadwick's, An angler's alphabet, Jim Harrisons's, Just before dark, Peter Fromm's, Blood knot: stories, Russell Chatham's, Dark waters: essays, stories, and articles,  Jeffrey Cardenas's,  Marquesa: a time & place with fish, Thomas McGuane's Sons and more. Presses include Meadow Run Press, Barre Press, and Lord John Press. 


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Special Collections Case 10

It is readily assumed that the content of a book (fiction, poetry, memoir, essay, etc.) can be art. What is not always considered is that the book itself can be a work of art. The Fly Fishing books gathered here fit this criteria. The boxes, paper, font, ink, artwork and design are carefully chosen to create a holistic work of art. Russell Chatham's, One hundred paintings, Paul Ford's, Angler's Hope, Everett Garrison and Hoagy Carmichael's, A master's guide to building a bamboo fly rod, Joseph Seccombe's, A discourse utter'd in part at Ammauskeeg-Falls in the fishing season, 1739,  Trey Combs', Bluewater fly fishing, Roderick Haig-Brown's, Return to the river, Thomas McGuane's, The sporting club, and Cecil E. Heacox's, The compleat brown trout


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