19th Century Fly Fishing Illustration
These classic 19th Century Fly Fishing Illustration come to use from a William Blacker fly fishing portfolio. Black was a fishing and fly fishing distributor, and are of English origin. The Rocky mount illustration was done by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. I am uncertain of the illustrator for the other. The two illustrations were only 6 x 3 and were shown inside along with the types and series of fly patterns offered. These two images incite the very soul of any fly fisherman or angler.
One cant also help but note the attire.While we focus on the things we are familiar such as the rod, the reel and the creel, we tend to overlook the other oddities. While fishing is certainly for the masses in the 21st century it was very much through subsistence or of hierarchical pretense in the 19th century. I did a post not long ago entitled The Antique Fishing Attire in 1875. In that post it had shown some of what a country gentleman may wear or outfit himself with and made the comparison to what it would equal in today’s dollar.