Fly-fishing and Fly-making for Trout, Etc

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O. Judd Company, 1887 - Fishing - 113 pages
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Page 21 - That, with nothing in the heavens above, the earth beneath, or the waters under the earth to build a prosperity upon, the people of Massachusetts are, per capita, the richest people in the world.
Page 61 - The result of the week's fishing, during which my worst day was four brace, and my best day nine brace [this is very good sport on English clear streams] is on every point favorable to the flies tied on to turn-down eyed hooks. (1.) The flies never flick off. (2.) They can be changed — attached and detached — in less than half the time. (3.) They are stronger, because, whenever the gut gets at all frayed at the head, it can be at once shifted (reknotted on), whereas with flies lapped...
Page 57 - ... so as to form an exact imitation of the hippurus. They drop these abstruse cheats gently down stream. The scaly pursuers, who hastily rise and expect nothing but a dainty bait, are immediately fixed by the hook." According to the " Bibliotheca Piscatoria " this passage was first pointed out by Stephen Oliver, author of " Scenes and Recollections of FlyFishing...
Page 63 - Take the hook by the bend between the finger and thumb of the left hand, and with the eye turned downward, in the position shown in the diagram ; then — the gut being first thoroughly...
Page 57 - ... him as suddenly under the stream as an eagle will seize and bear aloft a goose from a farm-yard, or a wolf take a sheep from its fold. The predilection of these speckled fish for their prey, though familiarly known to all who inhabit the district, does not induce the angler to attempt their capture by impaling the living insect, which is of so delicate a nature that the least handling would spoil its colour and appearance, and render it unfit as a lure.
Page 64 - ... (C), and pull the said knot itself perfectly tight ; then draw the loop of gut, together with the knot (A), backwards towards the tail of the fly, until the knot presses tightly into, and against, the metal eye of the hook (B), where hold it firmly with the forefinger and thumb of the left hand, whilst with the right hand — and " humouring " the gut in the process— the central link is drawn tight, thus taking in the " slack
Page 26 - ... diametrically opposite to the side where the fish was, fired off one barrel of his gun. The possibility of the flash being seen by the fish was thus wholly prevented, and the report produced not the slightest apparent effect upon him. The second barrel was then fired ; still he remained...
Page 17 - ... too, too utter" Boston writer terms it, the "march of cephalization " — in a comparative sense applies to fish as to all other animals. The ancient angler, whose rod was a sturdy oak — "His line a cable that in storms ne'er broke, His hook was baited with a dragon's tail, He sat upon a rock and bobbed for whale," — this man would probably scorn the gossamer gut and tiny, accurately imaged fly used on clear, hard-fished streams.
Page 63 - Pass two or three inches of the end of the gut leader, previously softened by moistening, through the eye towards the point of the hook and then, letting go the fly, double back the gut and make a single slip knot (c, fig. 23) round the center link, d. Second — draw the slip knot tight enough only to admit of its just passing freely over the hook's eye (a, fig. Fig. 34. — "JAM" KNOT PULLED TIGHT. 23), and then run it down to and over the said eye — when, en gradually pulling the central link...
Page 26 - SENSE OF HEARING. In order that we might be enabled to ascertain the truth of a common assertion, viz., that fish can hear voices in conversation on the banks of a stream, my friend, the Rev. Mr Brown of...

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