The Dry Fly and Fast Water: Fishing with the Floating Fly on American Trout Streams
From childhood, fly fishing enthusiast George Michel Lucien Le Branche was devoted to the fly fisher's art. Once firmly believing that only the smooth, slow stretches of a stream could be fished successfully with the dry fly, LeBranche, over the course of 20 years, learned that the floater, if skillfully handled, is applicable to any part of a swift stream. In this fascinating 1914 volume, LeBranche takes the reader on a journey as he explores the art of fishing with the floating fly on some of the swiftest moving American trout streams.
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Page 138 - appear to seize upon an artificial fly, because, when drawn along the water, it has the appearance of being a living insect, whose species is quite unimportant, as all insects are equally welcome. The aim of the angler, accordingly, ought to be to have his artificial fly calculated, by its form and colours, to attract the notice of the fish, in which case he has a much greater chance of success than by making the greatest efforts to imitate any particular species of fly.
Page 137 - pretended imitation," as strictly applicable to by far the greater number of what are called by anglers artificial flies, because these very rarely indeed bear the most distant resemblance to any living fly or insect whatever, though, if exact imitation were an object, there can be little doubt that it could be accomplished much more perfectly than is ever done in any of the numerous artificial flies made by the best artists in that line of work. The fish, indeed, appear to seize upon an artificial...
Page 137 - ... in it as not to create alarm till the whole be swallowed, or gorged, as it is termed by anglers. For this purpose, as we shall afterwards see, small fish, shell fish, worms, caterpillars, grubs, beetles, flies, and all sorts of insects, are employed to lure particular species of fish to the hooks. It is still more common, however, for anglers to use artificial baits, 'made in imitation, or pretended imitation, of those that are natural. I have used the phrase
Page 25 - No sport affords a greater field for observation and study than fly fishing, and it is the close attention paid to the minor happenings upon the stream that marks the finished angler.
Page 137 - ... showing the fish a good imitation, both in colour and size, of that insect which he has recently taken : an exact resemblance of the shape does not seem to be quite so essential a requisite as that of colour, since the former varies, according to the position of the insect either in or upon the water ; but a small fly is usually employed when the water is fine, because the fish is then better enabled to detect an imitation, and because the small fly is more easily imitated. The resemblance of...
Page 136 - ... it : not changing these until he can discover what fly the fish are actually rising at. The Palmer is never totally out of season, and is a good fat bait. It should never be forgotten, that, let the state of the weather or the water (in respect of clearness) be what it may, success in fly fishing very much depends upon showing the fish a good imitation both in colour and size, of that insect which he has recently taken: an exact resemblance of the shape does not seem to be quite so essential...
Page 206 - After telling of twentyfive or thirty trout taken during midday, naming at least a dozen flies he had found killing, he concludes: "All my trout were taken from the hook and thrown twenty-five feet to shore. Thirty, my friend claimed, yet when I came to count tails I found forty as handsome trout as ever man wished to see, and all caught from six in the evening until dark, about seven fortyfive. I had no net or creel, therefore had to lead my trout into my hand.
Page 151 - One important consequence is that up to the present time it has not been possible to make a satisfactory adjustment between the professional schools as a class and the other units of our educational system.
Page 210 - ... along the mountain streams; that these people were the descendants of farmers and laborers opposed to the probable innovations of threshing machines^ and esteeming the ancient flail above all other methods, thus expressed their hallucination. It requires no stretch of the imagination to thus consider. There is no genuine enjoyment in the easy achievement of any purpose; there is no bread so sweet as the hard-earned loaf of the man who works for it. The rule holds good in the school of the sportsman....