The Lew Stoner Winston Letters
4.5" x 6.875" * Softcover * 196 Total Pages * 5 B&W Illustrations * Edited and with an Introduction by Joe Beelart • Book #5 in the 10 volume Rod Maker's Gift Red Book Set (2010-2019)
ABOUT THE BOOK
Lew Stoner is one of the legendary figures in the history of bamboo rod making. The co-founder and engine behind the famed Winston Rod Co. of San Francisco, Stoner's influence was tremendous and his legacy great. From Doug Merrick to Glenn Brackett and dozens in between, few West Coast rodmakers were not influenced in some significant way by Stoner's theories.
For the first time ever, noted bamboo rod historian Joe Beelart brings us a compilation of letters from Lew Stoner. Dating from 1940 to the mid-1950s, these letters give us tremendous insight into the mind of a rodmaking genius. They cover topics ranging from surf casting to fly fishing to rodmaking, with tangents into everything from tournament casting to steelhead fishing.
"Nothing is ever so good that it can't be made better, and no one has a better chance to make it better than one who never ceases trying..." Lew Stoner wrote this while discussing the differences between "modern" (read 1950s) rodmakers and legends of the past like Leonard and Edwards. He was as forward a thinking rodmaker as anyone who has ever split a culm.
In addition to the letters, there are four appendices: the first containing letters to the editor Stoner wrote to the Oakland Tribune; the second reprinting A.J. McClane's take on Stoner and Winston rods; a third reproducing an early history of Winston by Fred Maly; and a final one containing the text of a detailed article on Marvin Hedge and Lew Stoner from the 1930s. The entire book is richly footnoted by Joe Beelart to help modern readers place the many names and places--ranging from Polly Rosborough to Jason Lucas to Ted Trueblood--into historical context.
For anyone interested in Winston history, this is a must read. To anyone who loves West Coast fishing and rod history, it is equally indispensable. And of course, if you love bamboo fly rods and their history and lore, you will not want to miss this book. Limited to just 125 hardcover copies, get your copy before they sell out.
ABOUT THE FLY ANGLER'S DESKTOP LIBRARYThe Fly Angler's Desktop Library is a return to the Golden Age of Books, when bigger was not necessarily better. It was a time when publishers like Borzoi Books lovingly crafted beautiful, compact volumes. Now, we can recapture the classic look and feel of these wonderful books in a new series dedicated to bringing out long forgotten treatises as well as new, original works on the art and beauty of fly angling. At a compact 4.5" x 6.875" size, these books are designed to be proudly displayed on the desktop, just like in the olden days. With learned and interesting introductions and appendices of additional materials, you won't want to miss any of these little gems. Color coded hardcovers by subject. Red for fly rods and rod making, fly tying and fly tackle history; Blue for general fly angling; Green for history and biography.