Currentseams subscriber Paul Gross left a comment in yesterday’s post thread about Callahan and Company booksellers as a good place to find old fly fishing books. I don’t have any experience with the company, but I didn’t want Paul’s comment to go unnoticed. So here it is: “If you are looking for hard-to-find fishing books, Callahan & Co booksellers in Peterborough, NH has an unbelievable collection. 603 924-3726. I don’t believe they have a website, unfortunately. If you visit in person, it’s completely overwhelming. Make sure you have a limit on your credit card!”
Stripers and Streamers is a wonderful book and easy to read by Ray a good friend of Abrams. Ray actually has a blog that he posts on
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Rumor has it that book will be featured in “Good Reads 2”. At least that’s what I heard…
Harold at Housatonic River Outfitters has an excellent selection too.
I lucked into four boxes of fish books a few years back. Elderly gent died, and the family asked if I was interested. Only problem was the payment. They didn’t want anything and I insisted on something. So I donated $50 to the deceased’s favorite charity, and everyone was happy.
Good to know! Sound like you and the family worked out a great solution.
Hi Steve , I’m going to take a ride up there , glad you pointed it out. I’m on the hunt for a good book of patterns for soft hackles. Do you have a couple recomendations to start my collection ?
You could look for Leisenring’s The Art Of Tying The Wet Fly which is out of print. These next two aren’t rare but highly recommended, both by Syl Nemes: The Soft-Hackled Fly and Tiny Soft Hackles, and Two Centuries of Soft Hackled Flies. That last one may give you a better idea of some rare and hard-to-find books on soft hackles. Happy hunting! Let us know what you find. 🙂