The Founding Flies book now available!

Master Catskill fly tyer Mike Valla has just released his new book, The Founding Flies. Mike grew up near the Catskills and was friends with Walt and Winnie Dette. He grew up learning from the masters themselves. In this book Mike covers 43 American Masters.


I just purchased Mike’s previous book, Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies and I love it! I’ve been pouring over it. He covers a lot of history, patterns, and if you want to learn how to tie Catskill-Style dry flies, it is a must. So I have no doubt his new book will be just as good.

Mike Valla will be signing books at Dette Trout Flies fly shop in Roscoe, NY on August 10th. Go to the Dette Trout Flies website to see more details.


•    Color photos of the flies plus recipes for nearly 300 flies—a majority original patterns tied by the masters themselves.
•    The flies were developed on waters across America from California to Wyoming to Wisconsin and from Maine to Michigan to Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

 There’s Mary Orvis Marbury, and Thad Norris and Theo. Gordon along with the “Catskill” school of fly tiers. Len Halladay and Art Winnie and Dave Whitlock. Fulsher and Oatman are there, too. There’s Chauncy Lively, Marinaro, Leisenring and Hidy. John Alden Knight and Joe Messinger, Sr. C. Jim Pray and Polly Rosborough and Don Gapen and Franz Pott and George Grant. Buszek and all the others—40 chapters
Mike Valla, author of Tying Catskill-Style Dry Flies (978-1-934753-01-9), has published articles in Fly Fisherman, The American Fly Fisher, and a variety of other journals. He’s written extensively for Eastern Fly Fishing magazine and is the Northeast Field Editor. He lives in Ballston Spa, New York.


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