Lang’s auctions have an incredible set of Helen Shaw flies up for auction. Included in the lot is the set below, a Carrie Stevens original and Lee Wulff flies from Helen’s personal collection.
Exceptional Cased Set of 338 Flies. For her 1989 book, Flies for Fish and Fisherman, Helen not only illustrated the tying process, but chose to include 8 plates showcasing the colorful diversity amongst her seven distinct forms of the wet fly. Opening the 12″x9″x10″ oak case, one can see eight pull out mounted displays. The first seven comprise the color plates of the book, these are the very flies photographed by Kessler, each plate having 42 examples. The eighth display in the box, also with 42 examples, shows a variety of flies measuring 3/4″ to 1 1/2″. All flies included in this lot are in excellent condition. The case, which sat atop Shaw’s fly station in her studio, must have been one of her proudest accomplishments, a most time consuming endeavor and undoubtedly a collective masterpiece of talent.