Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

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Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

Post by FlyFisherMann1955 » Thu Feb 11, 2021 5:34 pm

I bought this on ebay. A copy of Sports Illustrated from March 28, 1960. I would turn 5 later that year and it would be another 10 years before I walked into Lim's Sporting Goods on Main St in Stroudsburg, PA to buy my 1st fly rod and materials to tie my own flies.

This is Part 1 of a 3-Part Series in the popular weekly magazine. The tactics and techniques of "Big Jim" Leisenring, who died in 1951, are featured. Here is what SI says: "In this issue, Leisenring's old friend and companion angler, Vernon Hidy, in collaboration with Champion Fly Caster Johnny Dieckman and Artist Anthony Ravielli, begin a three-part series on Leisenring's trout-tested techniques based on many lessons learned from him at streamside."

The 10 pages in Part 1 cover the basics of lines, leaders, knots, and casting. At the end, it says: "Next week we present the lessons in stream strategy as James Leisenring learned them in a lifetime of fishing."
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Does anyone have the issues with Part 2 and Part 3?

This is a time capsule into life 60 years ago. In addition to this article, the ads are very interesting: Armstrong Vinyl Floors, Bell Telephone, RCA Victor Popular Album Club (any 5 albums for $3.98), Arrow Shirts, Ford Motor Company (Mercury Country Cruiser Station Wagon), Hiram Walker Cordials, Volvo (new 122S 4-door sedan), Seaforth After Shave Lotion, Thunderbird: The World's Most Wanted Car (2-page ad), Kodak Automatic 35 Camera, DeSoto, Simca (economy car imported from Paris by Chrysler for $1698.00), Budweiser, Schlitz, Canadian Club, Porsche (all it shares with other cars is the road), and Marlboro.

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Re: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

Post by Greenwell » Thu Feb 11, 2021 8:37 pm

The articles from the three issues were later published in a hardback volume called "Sports illustrated Book of Wet Fly Fishing." The photos were replaced with excellent illustrations by Anthony Ravielli.

I have the full set of three issues.
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Re: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

Post by letumgo » Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:51 pm

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Re: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

Post by ForumGhillie » Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:09 am

It is always cool to look back in time. I am deep in reading a Civil War book my wife bought for me.
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Re: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

Post by Mike62 » Fri Feb 12, 2021 9:46 am

That's a great find, thanks for sharing it. I love to read stuff like this.
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Re: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

Post by FlyFisherMann1955 » Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:33 pm

John / Ray,

I appreciate the info. I found a copy of the follow-on book on ebay, but someone
else made a better offer. A quick search of other online sellers and I had a copy too.
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The magazine is in the mail to Don Baylor who will use it in his display about the history
of Brodhead Creek at the Brodhead Creek Heritage Center in Analomink, PA. It's just up
the road from where Jim Leisenring liked to fish.

Tight Lines- Ken
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Re: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

Post by letumgo » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:06 pm

That copy looks pristine. Congrats!
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Re: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

Post by jcwillow777 » Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:23 pm

Congrats on the find! I found a copy that a library was getting rid of last summer for $1. I already had a copy, but couldn't pass it up for a buck.
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Re: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

Post by FlyFisherMann1955 » Sat Feb 27, 2021 4:19 pm

$1.00--what a bargain!

My book is in great shape and has a nice, old-book smell. It came from a book dealer in Kinnelon, NJ.
This name (I presume the original owner) is written inside: William P. Mason, Jr; does anyone know him?

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Re: Wet Fly Fishing (1960 Sports Illustrated Magazine)

Post by BrooksnBrowns » Wed Mar 03, 2021 6:20 pm

Mine smells like an old wet blanket. Maybe it was the paper they used. However it is a prized book and one of my favorites.
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