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#1 FishermanTed

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:40 PM

I am a new member and just came across something quite exciting. While cleaning out an old estate I came across a box of perhaps 50 Megan Boyd Flies. All are wrapped in their original wrappers, are in mint condition and just gorgeous. I was not aware of how sought after they are.

Could anyone point me in the right direction for being able to understand what I have including the value? I have no idea, but after a few Google searches it appears they may be quite valuable.

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#2 Howard_Erbe98

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:48 PM

Ted;

I'm sure there's a few on the board that can probably help you with that,

Howard

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:32 PM

post pics of them.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:35 PM

Okay, I will later tonight. There are quite a few of them. Are there any particular patterns you are looking for or would like to see?

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

Would need to know how many, see pics to know the patterns sizes and quality etc - whilst she's not my favourite tyer, her name (especially in the States through the Bates books) makes her flies pretty valuable (though not on a par with Pryce Tannatt, Kelson or the like) - you'd probably be best selling them at one of the specialist Angling Auctions (probably Mulloch's) - they'll advise you as to the best route (one lot, single lots or several lots of small groups of flies - which is probably favourite, also depends on the patterns and so on).

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:08 PM

Okay, coming up.

Thanks for getting back to me.

Ironically, I own an Orvis Endorsed fly-fishing lodge and yet have never heard of this lady. Go figure

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:01 PM

Okay, there are 39 of them. All of these are on index cards that are 2 and 1/2 inches by 4 inches long, except for the huge salmon fly which is on a 4x6 card. To give a sense of scale. Very beautiful. Each has a hand written fly pattern written below the fly from Megan Boyd, as well as the Megan Boyd stamp on the back of the fly package. None of them have been opened (the seal is intact).


Also I found a personal note from Megan Boyd to the person who bought them, dated 1971 which is kind of cool. Let me know if the pics are okay and or you have any additional questions. I can always take a few more.

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#8 mike townend

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:18 PM

hi ted
look like megan flys for sure
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:43 PM

Fisherman Ted,
Don't worry about not knowing,you've got your head on the right way for the business.Not a "great" tier but she is none the less important historically for dressing feather-wings commercially for anglers to catch with.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 03:15 AM

They appear to be in very good condition too. Fred, you hit the proverbial jackpot with that buy [of course I dont know what you have into them, but I will bet my paycheck whatever you paid you will way more than get it back]. Another outlet would be Lang's auction site, its huge here in the states and would attract potential buyers/collectors everywhere.

Thanks for taking the time to put those pictures up, thats a real prize. CJ

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:36 AM

I agree with Dave in that Im not a fan of her flies but I thinks the image of more than anything of a Lady living in Brora and waking up at 5am and making six flies in a matter hours.

Whats nice about these is that they are tied with some quality materials such as IC,Arabian Bustard Chatterer and such.
No doubt about it if youre gonna sell em then as Dave mentioned a specialist Angling/sporting sale is the way to go,remember wherever you cchoose to go be it Mullocks,Neil Freemans or as someone said a place in the states with the internet its a Global Market and these will not go unoticed,get em in catalogued right as come and buy me estimates and watch em fly.

Great find mate.

Andrew

PS Im sure Colin Simpson the one surviving person to have spoke to Megan Boyd and indeed was mentored by her would be thrilled to see these,he was featured in Trout n Salmon recently and lots to say of her and her tying.
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#12 FishermanTed

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 05:46 AM

Any idea what they might be worth?

Thanks

Fisherman Ted

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 07:38 AM

Dear TED,

For myself a pure joy to can look to the beautyful flies 'SHE' tied allmost a HALF A 'century' (if not longer) ago ! ...and this regardless the "pro's and 'contra's" liking or disliking Megan's flies !

(IMO) It's something to cherrish ...that this 'woman' was at least 'someone' WHO CONTINUED 'day in day out' ! classic salmon flytying ! .........in difficult times, difficult conditions ...for having a income and a living !!!

NO more words to say and bring over ...that this 'great femal flytyer of classic salmon flies' didn't have stealed her 'popularity' and 'respect she deserved' by the whole world ...!

I hope they shaft You the pleasure ...'sold or kept'...

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 09:06 AM

Ted, get in contact with Neil Freeman of www.angling-auctions.com via [email protected] with a full set of GOOD pics & he's probably as good as anyone to advise you.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 09:31 AM

Its a treasure you got here. She was a great tyer but she use those longshanked hooks who make flies a little akward in my eyes, but this is just my personal taste i guess and dont means anything. Because of these longshanked hooks i find the Dee flies here looking awesome. I also think her John Campbell fly looking bloody awesome.
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Posted 08 March 2012 - 06:13 PM

As Fisherman Ted owns a fishing lodge I hope that they are not sold but split into groups. One group obviously to stay at the lodge but the remainder "loaned" to 2 or 3 museums so that others may see these historically important flies. Even with the provenance each fly has the value I would think is very modest,no more than £30 individually. The value is purely historical. For every fishing featherwing that's been tied probably thousands of hairwings have been produced. In a collection I would rather have a Carne or Aivan dressed fly than a half-dozen of Megans output.
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#17 FishermanTed

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 09:19 PM

Thanks for all of your advice guys. I indeed was able to touch base with Neil Freeman in the UK. He has been a wonderful help and was extremely interested in the collection! The hand-written note from Boyd is a great piece to go along with the flies themselves. I have also been in contact with the American Museum of Fly-Fishing in Manchester, Vermont (home of Orvis) and several other 'experts' on such vintage flies.

The collection as you all pointed out is indeed quite valuable. But more than money it truly represents a piece of fly-fishing history. As one of you made mention, it would be a benefit to all if it were on display for others to see. The quality of the work is truly amazing!

I hope to also place some of the flies at my fly-fishing lodge in Canada for my fishermen to admire.

Tight lines.

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P.S. I just found a couple of vintage Hardy reels!

#18 Tom Allerton

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 09:31 PM

I am curious.

Does anybody know what happened to this set of flies?

 

Tom



#19 FishermanTed

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 09:44 PM

I returned them to the owner of the Estate.  They were overjoyed to have something so special from their father.  They plan to display them properly (not in an old cigar box like I found them in).

 

I did reach out to many experts and learned they would have fetched mid-5 figures if sold at auction.

 

-Fisherman Ted



#20 Swill Gordon -1

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Posted 21 January 2015 - 11:03 PM

It would be great if someone could properly photograph them and share that set with the global fly tying community. 

 

Swill


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