Ken Smith Publishing. Yeadon, West Yorkshire. 2007 1st edition. Two volume de luxe issue. Large 8vo (178 x 252mm). Ppxiv,166. Colour frontispiece photograph of the author, colour plates of flies. Full dark red morocco gilt, raised bands. Dark red leather and cloth slipcase. Edition limited to 65 copies in total. Very fine two-volume set in slipcase. Copy number 1 of 50. Leslie Magee’s copy with his ownership signature. * Patsy Deery has over fifty years experience of fishing Ireland’s loughs and rivers. This is the result of his search for fly-patterns which have accounted for substantial numbers of fish, and to show the huge diversity of patterns that can be used during “The Mayfly”.
Chapters include: Mayfly fishing in Ireland; Dyeing with picric acid; Hackles; Naturals; Mayflies. Superb colour photography by Terry Griffiths, who has also contributed a foreword. This is a copy of the beautifully produced de luxe edition. This edition was limited to 50 copies, numbered 1 to 50, plus ten copies hors commerce, numbered i to x, and a further five copies, lettered A to E. * This copy is number one of the fifty subscriber’s copies. Angling author Leslie Magee was the original subscriber and his ownership signature is on the first blank end-paper of each volume. Volume one, the text volume, has also been signed by the author, Patsy Deery. It is bound in full dark red goatskin with marbled end-papers, five raised bands and gilt titles to the spine and all edges gilt. Volume two, the flies volume, bound to match the text volume, consists of six thick mats. Mounted within a frame on each mat are five mayflies, the patterns for which are printed on the facing page. The flies, 30 in total, were tied by Patsy Deer, Paul Cantillon and Frankie McPhillips.