Bogdan by: Graydon R. Hilyard
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Graydon Hilyard's exuberant biography of reel maker Stan Bogdan is charmingly intimate.
Bogdan, in his late 80s and still at his workbench, is the son of Polish immigrants who wound up in Nashua, N.H. where as a boy he learned to fish and hunt, and as a just-married young man with a prodigious work ethic and unusual manual dexterity decided that there would be a market for meticulously-crafted Atlantic salmon reels.
For decades, Bogdan's superb reels which are expensive have been cherished by their owners who often had to wait years before their creator could assemble them in his little shop.
Bogdan's decision to focus on Atlantic salmon fly reels made all the difference, although he and his son Steve do produce models for trout and steelhead. Atlantic salmon fly fishers are inordinately fond of their sport, and for more than a century most of the best salmon waters of the world have been controlled by the wealthy and influential. Hilyard's lavishly-illustrated account reveals how such people came to crave and purchase Bogdan reels, and how, after meeting the maker of those reels who is also a superb fly fisherman and a helpful and gentlemanly streamside companion, they began inviting him to fish their own holdings. Hilyard, him-self a passionate pursuer of Atlantic salmon, both sea-run and landlocked, devotes a lot of space to Bogdan flogging far-away salmon pools, testimony to the rewards of the unrelenting pursuit of excellence.
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- Width: 9.25 inches
- Height: 12.13 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 3.88 pounds
- Hard Cover with dust jacket
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