For sale here we have Gary Howells' personal dry flies. The flies were tied by Howells himself - they are in exceptional condition and expertly tied as Howells was a very accomplished tyer. Howells tied thousands of flies for over the years for R.L. Winston and the practice is apparent. The box consists one H.L. Leonard "Beaverkill" box.
This type of box was sold in the 1970's and feature shatterproof transparent plastic lids with a red "HL" emblem in the bottom right corner and white bases. These boxes were sold for $2.25 in the 1974 Leonard catalog (pg. 32).
This Leonard box is dedicated to ~50 pale morning dun flies. The flies range in size from #14-18 with the vast majority #16. The box is free of defects with the exception of the top right corner of the base being cracked. The plastic divider above the crack is also cracked.
These personal artifacts from Gary Howells are a rare glimpse into a bamboo rod making legend. A must have for R.L. Winston or Howells collectors. Don't miss out on this piece of fly fishing history.
Note: A letter of provenance will be included from current owner Craig Lynch upon request.