I was going to post this Saturday, but some of these auctions end soon, so enjoy the hunt.
This Warren Duncan shadowbox is a great find. (Ends very soon) The seller 1hersheydog has some amazing items up for auction right now including flies by Gary Lafontaine, Paul Whillock, Alec Jackson, Al Troth and bob Mead to name a few. He also has a great collection of books. I may need to take that limited edition copy of Rare and Unusual Fly tying Materials of his hands.
This box is just amazing. Just read the description.
All the flies were purchased by me from well-known realistic fly-tyer Bob Mead – a very nice gentleman indeed. Here is the letter he wrote me explaining all the flies contained inside this shadowbox – if you purchase this, you may of course wish to arange them differently – since they were all purchased at the same time and addressed in his letter – i included them all in one single framed shadowbox. ‘Dear Rusty: In regard to this group of flies. Gary LaFontaine tied the tagged Lady Anderson wet fly in Ct. in 1972. Dave Whitlock tied the tiny shrimp pattern at a tying demo at L.L. Bean in 1983. The saltwater fly was tied by Ken Bay at a Rhode Island seminar in 1972. There are 1/2 a dozen flies tied by Wes Sanford in 72 and a neat crayfish pattern tied by Don Brown a VFTs. The 2 hornbergs were tied by Joe Sterling in 1972. The group of 3 flies were tied by Ted Barberi in 71 and the box of 9 flies were tied by J. King Danielson in 1970. The realistic stonefly is of course by Paul Whillock of England a good friend of mine. Best Regards — Bob Mead.”
I also included a very realistic Ladybug tied by Mr. Mead in the collection as well along with his signed card.
I was looking around for some white peacock and found some really interesting feathers being sold by jtvfeather. take a look at the unique skins, dyed starling and hard to find peacock in cameo, white and bronze.
This is one of the largest lots I have even seen on eBay. It looks like the inventory of a department that has gone out of business. Enough materials to last a lifetime, or start a serious addiction. The price is pretty good at the moment.
Another Carrie Stevens fly is up for auction one my favorite auction site. There have been a number of her flies surface in the past couple months on various auction sites, some going for more than $400 a piece. Those prices may be out of the range of the average collector, but there are lots of options available for anyone wanting to start a collection of flies. Check the auction sites for other notable tyers and you’ll be surprised just how affordable some of the flies can be. Better yet, attend the fly tying show, and seminars and you may get a couple free flies for watching a demo.
The auction is by Bob and Daves Auctions and on their own auction site they have a few other interesting bits up for auction.
Shout out to Rich for posting this one up on the Flyangler.ca board. Reminds me of the Paul Whillock story and some trouble he had with US customs.
Browsing through my Diary I happened across one particular entry dated January 29th 2002 and entitled: ‘US Customs’; I had been invited to tie realistic fishing flies and also display my Art Flies at the International Fly Tying Symposium in New Jersey, America. I had spent most of the year preparing the flies for my display but, it soon became apparent that the display would not fit into my suitcase so, under the suggestion of my good friend; ‘Bob Mead’, I packaged the flies, the display bases and “Fed-Ex’d” the entire shipment to his address in up state New York. Bob was attending the show himself and the plan was that he would bring the flies along for me however, I received a phone call from Bob 2 days before the show informing me the package had not arrived?
Arriving at the Doubletree Hotel in New Jersey, the awful truth emerged that my flies had been lost or perhaps even damaged in transit…….I had no idea where to start looking. After seeing my desperation, Hotel Crew leader; ‘Eric Leininger’ sprang to my assistance and after spending many hours on the telephone he somehow managed to track my package down to the Customs Office at JFK Airport whereupon it transpired that my flies had been impounded on account that at least one of the Nymphs was believed to be ‘a real insect’ that had been coated in plastic and mounted on a fishing hook! Customs went on to say: “Sir, it is illegal to import insects to this Country”. Though one of the Nymphs remained in ‘custody’, most of the shipment was eventually released and mailed to Bob after they discovered my flies were harmless imitations though attached to the package was an import duty bill for $535 dollars!
Back to the video, it’s a good laugh, and goes to show that fly tyers can have a bit of fun with their craft.