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Helen Shaw Fly Plates Up For Auction

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.


Cased Set of 338 Flies. For her 1989 book, Flies for Fish and Fisherman
Cased Set of 338 Flies. For her 1989 book, Flies for Fish and Fisherman


One plate from the collection.
One plate from the collection.

Sale of the Century

EBay has been a treasure trove of fly tying collectibles over the last couple weeks with flies from some of the great tyers of our time. On April 25th and 26th starting at 8:00PDT the auction of over 2200 highly collectible lots gets started on EBay Live. If you want to take part in this auction, you will need to sign up ahead of time. Lots of items come from the estate of Ernest Schwiebert including many books inscribed to him, his personal fly tying materials and even his fishing vest.

There is also an impressive collection of flies tied by the likes of Lee Wulff, Ray Bregman, Carrie Stevens, Art Flick, Poul Jorgensen, The Dettes, harry Darbee, Helen Shaw and more. The entire collection is incredible and has to be seen.

So what is all this about your ask? Here is a link to the auction catalogue page – http://www.liveauctions.ebay.com/catalogs/24706. I’ll highlight a few items below.

Original Manuscript for Trout. Published by Ernest Schwiebert in 1978, the work was a mammoth literary achievement in the genre of angling. Schwiebert devoted chapters to everything from insect identification to casting methods to famous tackle makers. His concise breakdown of the art of fly fishing made him a respected individual by many a trout fisherman. This lot contains many of the chapters which were used in Trout. Box has a label written by Sara Schwiebert, wife of Ernest, reading: “Handwritten Manuscript for Trout 33 of 50 chapters enclosed plus a few unidentified chapters. Enclosed chapters: Book 1 #1, Book 2 #2,3,4,5,6,7,8, Book 3 #1,2,3,4,7, Book 4 #1,2,3,4,8 Book 5 #2,3,4,5,6 and Book 6, #1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,12”. The first chapter of the first book is a xerox facsimile, all the rest are handwritten in ink and pencil. Aforementioned label mentions which chapters of the 50 are lacking. Unidentified chapters are 90 pages handwritten, 30 Xeroxed. An important lot of original material. http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=28221&item=170210642112

Ernest Schwiebert Trout Original Transcript

Rare 10′ Garrison Model #218 Salmon Rod. Seldom do Garrison salmon rods turn up, and this 3/2 rod is in very good, original condition. It has all the hallmarks of Mr. Garrison’s workmanship: translucent wraps over chrome guides, brown wraps at the ferrules (which are stamped Super-Z’s), 2 original ferrule plugs, a 4″ extension butt with red rubber button, and a screw up-locking reel seat with cork spacer. The locking ring is brass but the threaded barrel is aluminum. The varnish is good with just a few scuff marks. All sections are full length and have slight fishing sets. Serial # U.95.1 is inked on every piece. The cork handle is soiled and starting to show signs of ridging. Any Garrison rod in this condition is a real find, but having been owned and used by Ernest Schwiebert makes it historically important. With the original bag and brass capped tube. http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=28221&item=170210642648

10\' Garrison Bamboo Salmon Rod

Framed Collection of 320 Steelhead Flies. Superb display contains the exact flies used in the production of the 1992 book Flies for Steelhead by Dick Stewart & Farrow Allen. The 34″x49″ walnut frame has each fly mounted on boards with hand penned identification. Also includes original book illustration by Maine artist Larry Largay. Display is accompanied by a copy of the book with provides details and documentation of individual flies. Tiers include Scott Ripley, Farrow Allen, Bob Bordern, John Shewey, Mike McCoy and many others. Each example is in mint condition. http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=28221&item=170210643190

Framed steelhead flies from the book Flies for Steelhead

Carrie Stevens Fly. Col. Bates streamer from the noted tier. Measures 2 1/4″ in total length. With signed authentication by Theodore A. Niemeyer. http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=28221&item=170210643421
Carrie Stevens Col. Bates Streamer
There are literally hundreds of lots I would like to show you, but you are best of just going and checking them out for your self. There are countless books, original transcripts, framed flies, signed flies, fly rods, reels, creels, vises, catalogues and artworks up for auction. See you there.