For sale here is a Wheatley fly box loaded with vintage hair and feather wing flies. The box measures 4 7/8" x 3 1/2" x 5/8". The box is in very good+ condition, no major dents or dings and the lid seats securely with the base. The box contains 70 clips for flies of which all but six are currently filled with flies in excellent condition. Most appear unused. The box and the flies belonged to Andre Puyans, a major contributor to the history and sport of fly fishing. His initials "AMP" can be seen lightly carved into the box.
Here is an excerpt from the Henry's Fork Foundation about Puyans:
Andy started his fly fishing life in the East, tying flies at the age of nine and eventually under the watchful eye of fly tying legends Darbees, Dettes, Art Flick and Ray Bergman. Andy eventually made his way to California to run the Abercrombie and Fitch office in San Francisco in 1958. He was also a founder and president of California's Trout Unlimited chapter and a TU national director.
Andy’s original fly patterns include the famous A.P. Nymph series and the loop-wing dry fly designs. In 1977, he was the recipient of the Federation of Fly Fishers' Buz Buszek Memorial Fly Tying Award—the highest honor bestowed by the Federation for talent and sharing of that talent.
Andy made his final home in Idaho, next to his most beloved waters on the banks of the famed Henry’s Fork. He ran a fly fishing school based just north of Pond’s Lodge from which he shared his passion of fly tying, fly casting and stalking the world-renowned trout of the Yellowstone region. Andy taught thousands of students over his lifetime who are forever better fisherman and people having known Andre Puyans.