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Hunting, Fishing and Camping

First published in 1942 by Leon L. Bean, Hunting, Fishing and Camping is a classic outdoors manual full of howto’s and practical advice. Topics include how to hunt for different types of wildlife, safety, fly-fishing, and cooking out in the field. While it’s fairly old and not carefully edited, most of the information is still relevant and helpful.

Recent copies are easy to find for purchase (and it makes a great gift) but a version published in 1993 is also available for free viewing online. [Google Books]

From Chapter 22 – “You may have read or have heard that fly fishing is an art that requires expensive equipment and the mastery of many difficult tricks. Perhaps you have neglected this part of fishing because you have considered the sport hard to learn. But you certainly won’t learn to fly fish if you don’t try.”

His section on recommended clothing in chapter 12:

Shoes: One pair 12″ Leather Top Rubbers. I also take along a pair of 6 1/2″ Moccasins to wear on dry days on the ridges before snow comes.

Stockings: Two pairs knee-length heavy woolen and two pairs light woolen.

Underwear: Two union suits same as worn at home.

Pants: One pair medium weight all wool with knit or zipper bottom. Also wear from home your heaviest business suit. [?]

Coat: One medium weight, all wool, red and black with game pocket in back.

Shirt: Two medium weight, all wool; one to be red plaid in case you go out to drag in deer without coat.

Cap: A reversible red on one side for deer hunting and brown on the other side for duck hunting.

Gloves: One pair of light weight woolen with leather strips on fingers.

Handkerchiefs: Six red bandanas. Do not use white in woods. I also recommend colored toilet paper.

Miscellaneous: One pair heavy suspenders, one heavy belt, one very light weight sweater or wind breaker, one silk rain shirt, one pajama suit, two towels, a few toilet articles, and one pair slippers. Coming from a long hunt change to slippers and light stockings. This is important to keep feet in best condition.

I believe the “leather top rubbers” would later become the Bean Boot, but I’m not sure what he meant by “heaviest business suit”.


Fishing and Camping in Free & Easy

From the September issues of 2009 and 2010 – the more recent one is still available at Context if you’re not near a Japanese bookstore. About a quarter of the issue was dedicated to the “Rugged Country Life” with lots of pictures of outdoor clothing, log cabins, wildlife illustrations, rustic furniture, and miscellaneous gear.

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Fish Bum Volume I and II

Fish Bum I: Mongolia – a documentary about catching the Taimen, a giant trout.

And for the Steelheaders, Fish Bum II: Metalhead (you would need to have fished for Steelhead to understand this one).

I would have never guessed, but apparently the fly fishing film niche is big enough for an ongoing film tour.

Send for Catalogue to…

“Abercrombie & Fitch, Manufacturers of High-grade Outfits, including Outing Garments. 57 Reade Street, New York USA.” Circa 1907, from when they were outfitters to adventurers. View the catalog online. [Google Books]

Also previously covered on Archival Clothing.

Tie Your Own Flies

Published in 1966, this book was sold to my father at Patrick’s Fly Shop in Seattle for $3.95. He learned all he needed to know about fly tying from it, and 30 years later I picked it up and did the same exact thing. Hopefully in 30 years the book will still be in usable enough condition for my sons to learn from it as well.

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Scientific Fisherman


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