Salmon Fishing

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Country Life, 1907 - Flies, Artificial - 169 pages
 

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Page 58 - A long and limber rod will require a longer lead than a short and stiff rod, likewise a longer lead will be required for the quarter-ounce than for the half-ounce weight. Extend the rod in front of you in an easy position, without stretching the arm to its full reach, and in a line with the direction in which the cast is to be made. The rod should point downward slightly toward the water in front. Raise the rod slowly until the elbow is just below the level of the eyes. Stop the arm here, but continue...
Page 40 - Calcutta rods," and are described as male and female. The so-called male is much thicker in the walls than the female, and is largely used for lanceshafts, for which it is very suitable. The female, however, is finer in the cell-structures, and contains more siliceous matter in the tissues, hence it is more suitable for rod-building. The distinction "male and female" is an error, and only indicates the strength and thickness of the culms.
Page 2 - And yet, after all, what are these beautiful creations of fur, feather, and tinsel? They certainly are not "flies" although for ages this form has been called a "fly...
Page 108 - We have worked the bait both ways, and both have proved effective, but we must confess to a weakness for the tugging. At any rate, it serves to keep one employed. Having, in a rambling way, briefly described the rod, reel, and tackle for spinning, we must now try to give some definite instructions as to how to use them. In the first place, it is necessary to be able to cast either from the right or left side, to command a river from both banks.
Page 4 - If this is not prima facie evidence that they are feeding on them, and on this count the grand jury of scientists throw out the bill, there is little chance of getting a conviction against salmo solar for "feeding in fresh water,
Page 82 - If fishing single-handed, gaffing is a matter requiring some caution in the handling of the rod. When bringing the fish close in...
Page 55 - There is little difficulty if he does this in the first instance, and exercises the requisite patience and perseverance. In recent years several tournaments have been held, in which records in distance casting have been made ; but it may be asked, " Have they taught us anything ? " If we leave out the fact that they have shown us what athletes, trained to use great rods fitted with very heavy lines can do, they cannot be said to have achieved much. In these competitions, rods have been used...
Page 87 - This varies, according to the openness of the bend and thickness of the wire, hi proportion to the length of the shank. All this enters into the question of the deflection of the point, after it has laid hold of the fish's mouth, and determines whether, on pulling the gut attached to the end of the shank, the hook will drive through a hard substance (in which case it requires a fair amount of rigidity in the bend), or whether the inclination of its point...
Page 103 - ... then wound down the body firmly, to support the belly and tie down the hooks. This mount does not produce a brilliant spin, but rather a slow motion. It is, however, attractive, and has proved a most useful and taking spinner, its only defect being that it is deficient in hooking. There being only...
Page 37 - The present form of joint where the ferrule is of proper gauge, and tempered to spring in unison with the rod, seems almost final. There are many patented arrangements for holding the ferrules together, called "lockfast" joints, &c., and their simplicity, strength, and ease in manipulation, leave little or nothing to be desired on that score, while the improved method of connecting them to the rod by what is called " splint ends " makes a very perfect and sound connection.

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