This book is the first book of its type to chronicle the evolution of the modern fly line from its horsehair and silk beginnings. It has detailed profiles of over 40 of the major firms selling fly lines in America from 1816 to date. It also explains the technology advances in fly line technology over the same period. This book is a valuable resource for anyone purchasing a new fly line as well as classic tackle collectors. It contains a price guide for antique and vintage fly lines. All fishermen will find the book interesting to read.
Leon Chandler (1992 Angler of the Year--Fly Rod and Reel magazine) has written a Foreword to the book and a chapter on taking care of your fly lines. He said the following about the book “ None of us will ever know the hours, days, weeks, and years that Victor Johnson, Jr. spent doing research for this book. We, and all future generations of fly anglers, all owe him a debt of gratitude. This is a book that needed to be written."