Book for carrying flsh ing-fli es
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. 2 Sheets-Sheet 1. I M. BRAY. Book for Carrying Fishing-Plies. Na. 228,531. Patented June 8,1880,
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MELLEN BRAY, OF NEWTON, MASSACHUSETTS.
BOOK FOR CARRYING FISHING-FLIES.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 228,511, dated June 8, 1880.
Application filed July 1, 1878.
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, MELLEN BRAY, of Newton, in the county of Middlesex and State of Massachusetts, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Fishermens Fly- Books, of which the following, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, is a specification.
My invention relates to a pocket-book designed especially for carrying artificial flies; and it consists, first, in the use of a leaf or leaves having secured thereon two or more rows or series of springs, under which the snood attached to the "fly-hook may be slid and held thereby in an extended or nearly straight position, so that when attached to the leader preparatory to use in fishing it shall hang straight, or nearly so, and not be coiled up, as is almost invariably the case when kept in the books now in common use.
My invention further consists in applying to the fly'carryin g leaf or leaves a flap of thick flannel, felt, or other absorbent material, attached preferably to the top end of said leaf or leaves, and adapted to be folded down over the loops of the snoods, said flaps being saturated with water for the purpose of softening the loops of the snoods to render them more pliable preparatory to attaching them to the leader.
Figure l of the drawings is an elevation of myimproved fly-book opened and having the moisteningflap turned up. Fig. 2 is a longitudinal section through one of the fly-carryin g leaves, with the moistening flaps or pads attached thereto. Fig. 3 is a transverse section of a single fly-carrying leaf on line as on Figs. 1 and 2; and Figs. 4 and 5 are, respectively, an elevation and transverse section, illustrating a modified construction of the fly-carrying leaf.
A is the leather cover, provided with the flap A and suitable pockets, (not shown,) constructed in a well-known manner.
B is the liy-carrying leaf in the case shown, made of thin sheet metal, and having secured upon either side thereof three rows or series of short springs, to a, each attached to the leaf B independently of the others by soldering, riveting, or in any other suitable manner, said attachment being at one end of the spring,
and leaving the other end free, but bearing upon the surface of the leaf, and adapted to press upon and hold the snood when it is drawn under said spring, as shown in Fig. 1.
The left'hand edge of the metal leaf B is provided with the slots 1) b, by means of which zaid leaf is secured between two flannel leaves,
A series of small round holes, 0 c, are formed across each end of the leaf B, through which thread may be passed to attach thereto the moistening-flaps D, made of thick flannel, felt, or other suitable flexible absorbent material.
One, two, or more of the leaves B may be secured together in the same book, each of said leaves being inserted between two leaves, 0, of flannel or other absorbent material, secured thereto at the back of the book and provided with two moistening-flaps, D, secured to its upper or lower end.
The fly-books now in common use are provided with pockets, in which the flies are placed with the snoods coiled up in a circle, which is found to be objectionable from the fact that the snoods become set in the coiled position, and when attached to the leader they still remaincoiled more or less, and do not become straightened out till they have been in the water for a considerable length of time. This objection is entirely overcome by the use of my improved fly-book, in which the snoods are all secured in an extended position, as shown in Fig. 1.
Another advantage of the use of my improved fly-book is, that when the fisherman is about to start for the fishinggrounds he dampens the flaps D and turns them down over the loops of the snoods, and when he reaches the fishing-grounds the loops are so softened that they can be very much more readily and easily attached to the leader without danger of breaking.
The flannel or other cloth leaves 0 G serve to absorb the moisture from the flies and snoods when they are replaced in the book after having been in the water.
Although the fly-carrying leaf shown is made of sheet metal, I do not wish to be understood as limiting myself to leaves made of metal, as it is evident that the springs to may be secured upon parchment, pasteboard coated with a water-proof composition, or upon a leaf of felt having secured thereto upon either side a skeleton-frame of thin sheet metal having cross-bars to receive the springs, as shown in the modification illustrated in Figs. at and 5, in which E is the leaf of felt, having riveted thereto the skeleton-frames e 0, one upon each side, said frames being each provided with the cross-bars a e e, to which are secured the springs a a.
I am aware that the snoods hav e been held in an extended position by means of a hook secured to the flyleat and adapted to engage with the fly'hook, and another hook attached to the end of an elastic strap, the other end of which is secured to the leaf. I am also aware that two or more series of leaf-springs have been arranged upon a skeleton-frame to hang upon the wall of" a room to serve as a card-racl;, and therefore I do not claim either of such devices; but
\Vhat I claim as new, and desire to secure by Letters Patent of the United States, is
l. The combination, in a fly-book, of one or more leaves provided with means for support ing fly-hooks and their snoods in an extended position, and one or more intermediate moistening flaps or leaves, D, of absorbent material, attached to said fly-supporting leaves, whereby they may be folded overonto the fiy-leaves or turned out of the book, substantially as and for the purposes described.
2. In a fly-book, the combination of one or more leaves provided with means for supporting one or more fly-hooks and their snoods in an extended position, one or more leaves of absorbent material interposed between said fly-supporting leaves and secured to the same binding or cover, and one or more moistening' flaps or leaves of absorbent material secured to one or more of the free or movable edges of said fly-supporting leaves, substantially as and for the purposes described.
Executed at Boston, Massachusetts, this 29th day of June, A. D. 1878.
Witnesses N. (J. LOMBARD, M. N. BRAY.