Western Libraries Special Collections Exhibits

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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
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Special Collections Case 06
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