A Concise Treatise on the Art of Angling: Confirmed by Actual Experience and Minute Observations, with the Proper Methods for Breeding and Feeding Fish and of Making Fish-ponds, Stews, &c., with Several Arcana Never Before Made Public; to which is Added The Complete Fly-fisher; The Game-laws Relative to Angling; and Prognostics of the Weather Independent of the Barometer

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B. Crosby, 1794 - Fishing - 155 pages
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Page 87 - When if an insect fall, (his certain guide) He gently takes him from the whirling tide, Examines well his form with curious eyes, His gaudy vest, his wings, his horns, and size ; Then round his hook the chosen fur he winds, And on the back a speckled feather binds ; So just the colours shine through every part, That Nature seems to live again in Art.
Page 115 - Of pendent trees, the monarch of the brook, Behoves you then to ply your finest art. Long time he, following cautious, scans the fly ; And oft attempts to seize it, but as oft The dimpled water speaks his jealous fear.
Page 118 - Brings home to us, and makes both Indies ours : Finds wealth where 'tis, bestows it where it wants, Cities in deserts, woods in cities plants ; So that to us no thing, no place is strange, While his fair bosom is the world's exchange.
Page 61 - View the grounds, and find out some fall between the hills, as near a flat as may be, so as to leave a proper current for the water. If there be any difficulty of judging of...
Page 115 - With eye attentive mark the springing game. Straight as above the surface of the flood They wanton rise, or urg'd by hunger leap, Then fix, with gentle twitch, the barbed hook : Some lightly tossing to the grassy bank, And to the shelving shore slow-dragging some, With various hand proportion'd to their force.
Page 11 - ... then take a piece of lead of a conical figure two inches high, and two in diameter at the base, with a hook at the apex, or point; tie your three parcels of hair into one knot, and to this by the hook hang the weight.
Page 86 - These are the standard hackles in fly-fishing, and are taken any month in the year, from nine to eleven in the morning, and from one to three in the evening, and upon any water; though you...
Page 111 - Let no presuming impious railer tax Creative wisdom, as if aught was form'd In vain, .or not for admirable ends. Shall little haughty ignorance pronounce His works unwise, of which the smallest part Exceeds the narrow vision of her mind ? As if upon a full-proportion'd dome, On swelling columns heav'd the pride of art!
Page 136 - Till her revolving race be wholly run, Are void of tempests, both by land and sea ; And sailors in the port their promised vow shall pay.
Page 83 - ... which lies towards your right hand, between the forefinger and thumb of that hand, and holding that part towards your left, tight along the inside of the hook, whip that to the right, three or four times round the shank of the hook towards the right hand ; after which take the...

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