The Feather Thief

How an Obsession With Rare Bird Feathers Turned Criminal

Innocently, at 10 years old, Edwin Rist came across an Orvis fly tying instructional video. Over the next decade an obsession from basic tying materials grew to being an award winning salmon fly tier.

At 20, Rist broke into the British National History Museum and stole a briefcase full of dead, rare and exotic birds skins for the feathers. His rise through the fly-tying community, being caught stealing and selling the exotic skins and getting with less than a slap on the wrist by a judge in England prompted the book by Kirk Johnson…..
Check out the full story in the feature piece by National Geographic – – 


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