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Fishing with the Fly
Sketches by Lovers of the Art, with Illustrations of Standard Flies
Collected by Charles F. Orvis & A. Nelson Cheney

TROY, NEW YORK: H. B. Nims & Company
(1885)

Original 130+-year-old chromolithographs

The lithographs are bright and colorful, and would make a cheerful addition to the den of any angler. Great in pairings of 3, 5, or more.
Offered here are the rare chromolithographs from the original printing in 1885. Perfect for the sportsman or sportswoman in your life!

Fishing with the Fly by Charles Orvis, 1885

 

 

In 1883, Charles F. Orvis co-edited, along with A. Nelson Cheney, an important new book, "Fishing with the Fly," which featured the extensive subtitle “Sketches by Lovers of the Art, with Illustrations of Standard Flies.” The 333-page book was cloth-bound, the cover lettered in gold, and contained colored plates of 149 standard trout, salmon, lake, and bass flies, to accompany twenty-four articles by well known fly-fishers.

It was an irresistible catalog, a book to treasure, in which the authors guided the reader and introduced him to trout waters he would never see; let him shake hands with outdoor writers he would never meet, and gave him the ability to marvel over the illustrations of the flies, seductively arranged for his appreciation and appraisal.

"Fishing with the Fly" was one of the finest of America’s angling books, as it reflected an age when the American fly-fisher was developing his own graces. He was a sportsman tourist anxious for the full creel, yet at the same time the deep woods and waters became pastorals he could always remember. Certainly both Orvis and Cheney were sensitive to the sportsman’s love of nature and perceptive in their understanding of his environment. Adjacent to each page of color plates were quotations from angling literature, many taken from authors who had contributed to "Fishing with the Fly."

The book was so well received that it was continued in print for four editions. At the same time, the use of color was promoting sales for a wide variety of artificial flies. For $2.50, as the annual catalog stated, the purchaser enjoyed “color illustrations, the most correct and the finest ever produced.”

(The description of Fishing with the Fly, from the company history page at orvis.com)


Please click on the thumbnail images below to see an enlargement of the entire plate.
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
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SALMON FLIES

1. Prince Wm of Orange  2. Butcher  3. Jock Scott  4. Silver Doctor  5. Fairy 6. Silver Gray  7. Curtis

REF #1

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
smudge in left margin and some light foxing in margins (could be covered when matted for framing)
$25
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
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LAKE FLIES

1. Silver Doctor  2. Scarlet Ibis  3. Black June  4. Gray Drake  5. Captain  6. Acadeny

REF #2

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$30
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
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LAKE FLIES

7. Ferguson  8. Abbey  9. Royal Coachman  10. Seth Green  11. Professor  12. Montreal

REF #3

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$30
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
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LAKE FLIES

13. Bee  14. Tomah Jo  15. "No Name"  16. Blue Bottle  17. Grasshopper  18. Canada

REF #4

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$35
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
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TROUT FLIES

1. Coachman  2. Leadwing Coachman  3. Royal Coachman  4. Coachman red rip  5. Gilt Coachman  6. Cowdung  7. Fern  8. Blue Jay  9. Abbey 10. Red Ant  11. Black Ant  12. Seth Green  13. Professor  14. Blue Professor  15. Dark Stone

REF #5

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$30
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
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TROUT FLIES

16. Silver Black  17. Scarlet Ibis  18. Stone Fly  19. White Miller  20. Fiery Brown  21. Yellow Drake  22. Grizzly King  23. Imbrie  24. Soldier Palmer  55. Chantry  26. Portland  27. Ethel May  28. Pale Evening Dun  29. Great Dun  30. Whimbrel

REF #6

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$30
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
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TROUT FLIES

31. Cinnamon  32. Deerfly  33. Red Fox  34. Camlet Dun  35. Governor  36. Green Drake  37. Alder  38. Cheney  39. Soldier  40. Hod  41. Kingdom  42. Oak Fly  43. Gray Coflin  44. Fin Fly  45. Beaverkill  46. Yellow May  47. Black June  48. Quaker

REF #7

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
light smudge center left, mild age-toning of paper
$20
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
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TROUT FLIES

49. The Teal  50. Reuben Wood  51. Red Spinner  52. No. 6.  53. Hawthorne  54. Dorset  55. Widow  56. Grasshopper  57. Stebbins  58. March Brown  59. Shoemaker  60. Orange Black  61. King of the Water  62. Gen. Hooker  63. Gray Drake

REF #8

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$30
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

TROUT FLIES

64. Jungle Cock  65. Lake Green 66. Jenny Lind  67. Poor Man's Fly  68. Pheasant  69. Romelyn  70. Morrison  71. Katy-did  72. Claret  73. Hoskins  74. Caldwell  75. Iron Dun  76. Queen of the Water  77. Olive Gnat  78. Brown Coflin

REF #9

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$30
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

HACKLES & GNATS

1. Brown Hackle  2. Scarlet Hackle  3. White Hackle  4. Yellow Hackle  5. Ginger Hackle  6. Gray Hackle  7. Black Hackle  8. Coch-y-Bonddu  9. Gray Hackle  1. Emerald Gnat  2. Black Gnat  3. Soldier Gnat
Pennell Hackles
1. Brown Pennell 2. Yellow Pennell 3. Green Pennell

REF #10

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$30
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

1. Cheney  2. White Miller  3. La Belle  4. Scarlet Ibis  5. Shad-Fly  6. Green and Gold

REF #11

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$35
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

7. Hanshall  8. "Oconomowoc"  9. Oriole  10. Polka  11. Ondawa  12. "W.T."

REF #12

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$35
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

13. The Triumph  14. Alexandra  15. Seth Green  16. Jungle Cock  17. Fitz-Maurice  18. Caddis  19. Davis

REF #13

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$40
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

20. Black Maria  21. Tipperlinn  22. Premier  23. Grizzly King  24. Ferguson 2d  25. Californian

REF #14

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$40
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
Click the thumbnail image above for a view of the entire plate and for more details.

BASS FLIES

26. Manchester  27. Blue Jay  28. Imperial  29. McLeod  30. Black and Gold  31. White and Jungle Cock

REF #15

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 3 5/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper
$40
 
ANTIQUE PRINT OF FISHING FLIES FROM 1885
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SKETCH MAP OF THE NIPIGON RIVER

REF #16

Original 130+-year-old chromolithograph from 1885

Copyrighted by C.F. Orvis, Manchester, VT
Lithographed by Milton Bradley & Co., Springfield, Mass

SHEET SIZE (APPROX.): 5 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches
IMAGE SIZE (APPROX.): 2 3/8 x 6 inches
mild age-toning of paper, a couple of fox marks
$15
 

 
 

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