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John Sanderson, T. E. Pritt, and Henry Wade Trout Flies and Manuals


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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John Sanderson was a trout fisherman and fly tyer from Richmond, Virginia, who was active in the mid 19th century.


T. E. (Thomas Evan) Pritt was a trout fisherman, fly tyer, and author active in the mid to late 19th century. He was the angling editor of The Yorkshire Post and published various trout fly manuals, including Yorkshire Trout Flies, North Country Flies, and the Book of Grayling.


Henry Wade was a trout fisherman, fly tyer, and author active in the 19th century. He was Honorary Secretary of the Wear Valley Angling Association and published several manuals on trout flies.

Consists of a small collection of 19th century trout flies and related manuals by John Sanderson, T. E. (Thomas Evan) Pritt, and Henry Wade. Sanderson's handwritten manual called "Trout Flies - what to make them of and when to use them," (1872, Richmond, Virginia) consists of twenty-three pages and includes two hand-illustrated fly diagrams. Henry Wade (Honorary Secretary to the Wear Valley Angling Association) and T. E. Pritt's manuscript, "Descriptions of (Yorks) Artificial Trout Flies" (1860), consists of about sixty pages. Both manuals detail different flies and the best months to use them. There is also a leather fly wallet with flies enclosed, as well as a small quantity of hackle folders and envelopes containing feathers used for making flies.

Purchased from Blackwell's Rare Books in 2021 (2021-50).

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in March 2021. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in March 2021.

No materials were separated from the collection during 2021 processing.

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Kelly Bolding
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Processing of this collection was sponsored by the Delafield Fund.
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

John Sanderson, "Trout Flies / what to make them of, and when to use them", 1872. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

T. E. Pritt and Henry Wade, "Descriptions of (Yorks) Artificial Trout Flies", 1860. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Flies and Feathers, circa 1860-1872. 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

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