Gentlemen Preferred Dry Flies coverby William C. Black ’53

Through stories of numerous historical characters, Black, a professor of surgical pathology at the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, details the robust debate among fly-fishing devotees on the relative merits of dry vs. wet flies. The book is an in-depth examination of the history of fly-fishing, an art that stretches back at least 700 years. Drawing upon the words of distinguished fly-fishers throughout history, the book details the extraordinary evolution of the sport and offers a look at the people who cherish and champion it.

ISBN-13: 978-0826347954. University of New Mexico Press, 2010.