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Art of Trout-Fishing


Art of Trout-Fishing

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    New York Academy of Sciences (Author), William C. Stewart (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...for a live one--is the most deadly in the whole cast, and consequently it is of immense importance to make the flies light in STRIKING THE TROUT. 103 a soft and natural manner. To accomplish this, and to throw with certainty to any spot wished, requires great practice, and even the most practised angler can never make his flies fall so softly as an insect with outspread gauzy wings. Thin gut, the necessity of which we have advocated so strongly, is exceedingly difficult to cast, as it has little weight to carry it forward, and therefore begkmers should use moderately strong gut at first, and as they improve in casting reduce its size. A difference of opinion exists as to whether a trout should be struck on rising: but in common with the great majority of anglers, we advocate immediate striking. When a trout takes a fly it shuts its mouth, and if the angler strikes then, he is almost sure to bring the hook into contact with its closed jaws. We have frequently watched the motions of trout on taking a fly, and when left to do with it what they choose, they very quickly expelled it from their mouths with considerable force: and we think that if the angler strikes even when the trout's mouth is open, he will have much better chance than by leaving it to hook itself A trout on seizing an artificial fly is almost instantaneously aware that it is counterfeit, and never attempts to swallow it, very frequently letting it go before the angler has time to strike: so that it is of the utmost importance to strike immediately, and this ia the reason why a quick eye and a ready hand are considered the most necessary qualifications for a flyfisher. A trout first takes a fly, and then makes the motion which anglers term a rise, and which consists of their...
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