Author Hard (Sven-Olov). Book Code 27208 ISBN 9781905396061 Book Description Mint unread copy in cloth-bound slipcase. De luxe edition limited to only 35 signed and numbered copies. Book Cover Hardcover Published Date 2012 Publisher Coch-y-Bonddu Books. Place Machynlleth, Powys.
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Details2012 1st edition de luxe. Pp200. Colour photographs & watercolour illustrations. Full fine leather binding, each copy contains a fully dressed classic salmon fly, tied "in the hand" by the author, and mounted within a bespoke recess set inside the front board.
Launched to great acclaim at the British Fly Fair International, June 2012.This is one of just 35 de luxe copies fully bound in the finest Nigerian goatskin, each copy bearing a unique mounted classic salmon fly 'tied in the hand' by the author. Copies numbered 31 to 35 were produced for the author and contributors therefore only 30 copies have been offered for sale. "Sven-Olov Haard first came to my notice some years ago as a salmon fly-tyer of considerable note, not least because he ties flies 'in the hand' - that is without using a vice. I soon learnt that Sven-Olov was one of the finest tyers of the present (or, indeed, of any period). His work covers the era of the classic salmon fly as perfected by Kelson, Traherne and the famed commercial tyers of Hardy Bros; flies from an age of plenty when materials were not the issue, only perfection. There are many who claim to have what it takes in terms of skills to tie the classic salmon fly, but I doubt whether a handful can come up to the consistent andmeticulous standards set by this man. I say this without reservation, knowing that it has always been Sven-Olov's overwhelming need to tie flies as they were intended by their originators - anything else to him is heresy. It is a wonder to me that Sven-Olov has not been published earlier." From the Foreword by Terry Griffiths, compiler of The Essential Kelson (2011). Beautifully illustrated with watercolour paintings by Lars Sundstrom, and with superb colour photographs of Sven-Olov's fully dressed salmon flies.
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