The Compleat Paul H. Young:
A Biography of the Rodmaker and His World
Deanne L. Young
Limited Edition Hardcover - 200 pages - 8.5" x 11" - Full Color throughout - Limited to 150 Signed & Numbered Copies
ABOUT THE BOOK
Paul H. Young, My Grandfather
by Deanne L. Young
Today, Paul H. Young is remembered because a chapter of Trout Unlimited was named after him, because he made some beautiful and richly-colored bamboo rods that people still enjoy fishing with, and because of his fishing firsts. He was the first to take the shorter, slimmer rod out of the toy (or novelty) class, he was the first to promote Mustad's famous barbless hooks, and he invented the famed Strawman Nymph, the collapsible drinking Trik-Kup, and the Trik-Kutter, a combination tweezers/clippers Paul once said was the most valuable piece of equipment he ever sold.
But the story of Paul H. Young is so much more than his fishing firsts. In this book most people will meet the real Paul Young for the first time ever, a man as devoted to family time as fishing time. We come to know a man who, instead of leaving his family behind, brings the other three members, and often one of his brothers, with him to go fishing; a man who has fished with the best and was often party to notable anglers ranging from National Geographic photographer Walter Weber, noted angler and writer Chauncy Lively, and rodmaking legend Wes Jordan, as well as so many others.
To set the record straight and maintain historical value and integrity to any future literature about him, I have amassed a book's worth of material from private family sources as well as almost everything published about him to the family's knowledge. This material was found in family member's scrap books, the attics of old friends, old newspapers from the Detroit area and newsletters distributed only to members of his Michigan Trout Unlimited chapter and the northern Michigan organization specifically developed by Chauncy Lively to protect the river and woodlands Paul loved so much. The greater part of the material has been unavailable to most Americans, save those alive between 1930 and 1960 and living in Michigan, with the exception of a handful of published chapters in books just after his 1960 death.
The reader will learn how Paul Young’s fishing tackle business encompassed not just his amazing bamboo fly rods, but the complete spectrum of fly-fishing, from fly-tying materials to accessories to reels. Paul’s catalogs not only listed an impressive stock of tackle, but were also chock-full of valuable tips and fascinating fly fishing experiences. Some of these catalog pages are featured, with pictures and letters from rod-owners including Ted Williams and Bobby Doerr of the Boston Red Sox.
You’ll learn of the fabulous history of Paul H. Young’s family, from his second cousin and immortal baseball hall-of-famer Cy Young to his grandmother’s cousin John Moses Browning, perhaps the greatest gunsmith who ever lived. This biography will take you from the days in Canada when Paul and his wife Martha Marie poached fish, ducks and pheasants out of season because they were starving, to their dedication to the preservation of wildlife and wilderness that is the mission of many anglers and organizations they influenced today. Along the way, myths and mistruths about Paul are proven wrong with the help of diaries Paul and Martha kept. We learn that Paul H. Young was a fly-fisherman only after his 32nd birthday. At 29 he had been an Arkansas teacher (four years) and an Arkansas rice farmer (four years), and had made ships for the war effort during World War I in Duluth, Minnesota. For the first time, the truth of his life will be revealed.
This is a book—the only book—chock full of information about every aspect of the master, from his genealogy to the (sadly mistaken) belief he held that every one in business was a gentleman like him, whose word or handshake was as good as a contract. The book is loaded with exceptional photographs of his rods and flies and other things he made and patented, the AuSable River, and Paul’s family. The majority of these dozens of photos have never been seen outside the family.
Paul’s obituary in the popular Esquire magazine stated that he rounded his last bend. He did not. He was still fishing in spirit, as he does today in the hearts and minds of so many anglers who love and admire him and the tools he created.
This is the story of a master rodmaker, inventive genius, and family man. It is the story of my Grandfather, Paul H. Young.NOTE: INTERNATIONAL ORDERS WILL BE SHIPPED VIA USPS INT'L FLAT RATE PRIORITY MAIL MEDIUM BOX AT A COST OF AT A COST OF $45.50. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS WILL BE BILLED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE COST OF INT'L SHIPPING WHEN THE BOOK IS READY TO SHIP.