The Complete Angler's Vade-mecum: Being a Perfect Guide of Instruction on the Above Pleasing Science ...

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T. Gosden, 1825 - Fishing - 316 pages
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Page 190 - The snap tackle may consist of a single hook, larger and stouter than any within the register, which being fastened to strong gimp, is inserted at the mouth of a gudgeon, or other small fish (the smaller, indeed, the more certain), and brought out either at the middle of its side, or just before the vent. But the...
Page 188 - ... on the surface, basking in a state of torpidity, enjoying the warmth, and for the most part, with their faces towards the sun. In this state they are frequently taken, by what is called " haltering" or
Page 222 - Vade-Mecum," very properly remarks, " Tench do not swallow a bait very quickly, sometimes holding it in their mouths for a while ; therefore give them good time, and let them either keep the float down, or, as is often the case, let them rise with the bait, so as to lay your float on the water. This is an excellent sign, and warrants your striking, but rather gently, lest the fish be only sucking the bait, for he will seldom return after it is drawn from his mouth.
Page 57 - At the expiration of such a period, the generality of the caddies will have quitted their tubes, and have become tough, having changed also to a rich yellow colour, in which state they are a very alluring bait. If kept too long, they all turn to various kinds of water-flies. In applying this bait, the point of the hook should enter close under the head of the cadlate, and be brought out at its other end. When a very small hook is used, one...
Page 5 - ... third of a teacupful of water ; let them simmer for about ten minutes ; when cool, steep your line until it be stained to your fancy. This is a very good colour for the purpose, but should be applied gradually, taking out your gut frequently to examine the depth of the tint, lest it should become too dark.
Page 191 - ... your line always straight, drawing him towards the shore as soon as you can without breaking your tackle, and then with your landing-net throw him out of the water. It will always be the most prudent method to have gimp or brass wire next your hook, and your line to be rather shorter than the rod. Whatever may be the length or thickness of your line, you will always find it useful to have a small swivel on it ; if within a yard of the hook the better. Without this it will not be easy to manage...
Page 80 - Indeed, it is by keeping the utmost command over your own hand, and by avoiding that childish propensity, too prevalent in many, of getting an early sight, and of making the fish struggle and leap, that you will complete your purpose. In that quiet, temperate, and forbearing mode, which distinguishes the expert angler, much finer tackle may be used; whence your basket will be more readily filled, expecially with the more choice kinds of fish.
Page 236 - In the evenings of very sultry weather, when a slight shower has fallen, they will take the common house fly, either on the surface, or at some depth ; on the whole, I think that, next to the salmon's roe, you will have best success with gentles, cadbates, and Woodworms. But above all things, have fine tackle ; that is, a small hook, on a well chosen piece of superfine gut.
Page 188 - At this period, the females retire among the heavy masses of weed, generally growing at the edges of the waters in shallow places, where she casts her spawn, the male attending her with apparent solicitude. So soon as the spawning is over they return for a few days to the deep water, and during the middle of the day lay...
Page 190 - But the treble-snap is by far the best ; being made of three such hooks tied fast together, and secured to a piece of gimp ; which being inserted by means of a baiting needle, at the vent, and carried out at the mouth. which is afterwards sewed up and perforated by a lip-hook, the three hooks being spread into different directions, it is a thousand to one but that the pike is hooked.

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