A Strike Made by Boyce's Big Weeklies ...

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Lakeside Press, 1894 - Fishing - 119 pages
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Page 18 - Now then the trout are yonder. We swing our line to the air, and give it a gentle cast toward the desired spot, and a puff of south wind dexterously lodges it in the branch of the tree. You plainly see it strike, and whirl over and over, so that no gentle pull...
Page 12 - Yes! let the rich deride, the proud disdain These simple blessings of the lowly train; To me more dear, congenial to my heart, One native charm, than all the gloss of art.
Page 17 - The stem you catch, but he has jumped a safe rod. Yonder is another creeping among some delicate ferns. With broad palm you clutch him and all the neighboring herbage too. Stealthily opening your little finger, you see his leg ; the next finger reveals more of him ; and opening the next you are just beginning to take him out with the other hand, when, out he bounds and leaves you to renew your entomological pursuits ! Twice you snatch handfuls of grass and cautiously open your palm to find that you...
Page 106 - I'll chase the antelope over the plain, And the tiger's cub I'll bind with a chain, And the wild gazelle with the silvery feet I'll give to thee for a playmate sweet.
Page 11 - Of recreation there is none So free as Fishing is alone; All other pastimes do no less Than mind and body both possess : My hand alone my work can do, So I can fish and study too.
Page 17 - ... liquid convent,, They were very tempting, but quite untemptable. Standing afar off, we selected an irresistible fly, and with long line we sent it pat into the very place. It fell like a snow-flake. No trout should have hesitated a moment. The morsel was delicious. The nimblest of them should have flashed through the water, broke the surface, and with a graceful but decisive curve plunged downward, carrying the insect with him. Then we should, in our turn, very cheerfully...
Page 36 - When the well-lids (the covers of a compartment in the boat) were lifted, and the sun's rays admitted, lighting up the delicate olive-brown tints of the back and sides, the bluish-white of the abdomen, and the mingling of tints of rose, pale blue and purplish-pink on the fins, they displayed a combination of colours equaled by no fish outside of the tropics.
Page 21 - Scales comparatively large, rather largest posteriorly, silvery and well imbricated in the young, becoming imbedded in adult males. Coloration in the adult brownish above, the sides more or less silvery, with numerous black spots on sides of head, on body, and on fins, and red patches along the sides in the males; young specimens (parrs) with about 11 dusky cross-bars, besides black spots and red patches, the color, as well as the form of the head and body, varying much with age, food, and condition...
Page 17 - Next we tried ground bait, and sent our vermicular hook down to their very sides. With judicious gravity they parted, and slowly sailed toward the root of an old tree on the side of the pool. Again changing place, we will make an ambassador of a grasshopper. Laying down our rod, we prepare to catch the grasshopper; that is in itself no slight feat.
Page 17 - ... through the water, broke the surface, and with a graceful but decisive curve plunged downward, carrying the insect with him. Then we should in our turn very cheerfully lend him a hand, relieve him of his prey, and admiring his beauty, but pitying his untimely fate, buried him in the basket. But he wished no translation. We cast our fly again and again; we drew it hither and thither ; we made it skip and wriggle ; we let it fall plash like a surprised miller; and our audience calmly beheld our...

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