The Game Fish of the Northern States and British Provinces: With an Account of the Salmon and Sea-trout Fishing of Canada and New Brunswick, Together with Simple Directions for Tying Artificial Flies, Etc., Etc

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Orange Judd Company, 1884 - Fishes - 324 pages

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Page 166 - About the fifteenth of Henry VIII. (1524) : there is no reliance to be placed upon it, as far at least as the fish is concerned ; for Dame Juliana Barnes, or Berners, Prioress of Sopewell Nunnery, mentions, in the Boke of St.
Page 30 - The lino would not render, the rod was so long we could not reach the tip in the boat ; and the only horrible alternative appeared to be my friend's losing his first fish. The latter, however, by this remarkable course of treatment, had grown peaceable ' and when he was dropped back into the water, made but feeble efforts, while my companion, as quietly as he could, worked out his line till he could land him like a Christian. Great were the rejoicings when the prize earned with so much anxiety was...
Page 19 - ... the rudimentary principles, he should cast in every manner, making the tip of his rod cut full circles, figure eights, and all other figures, behind him, according to the wind ; bearing in mind, however, ever to make his fly drop as lightly as a feather. He should use his wrist mainly, and practice with each hand, and should never be otherwise than ashamed of a bungling cast, though he be alone, and none but the fish there to despise him. If the line falls the first time with a heartrending splash,...
Page 273 - Edwin, is a much more simple fly and often equally efficacious amongst the fins, the wings being composed of the golden pheasant's tail feather with a dash of yellow macaw; the body yellow mohair, ribs of black silk, head black mohair, tail golden pheasant topknot, hackle yellow, and scarlet silk tip. No. 3.
Page 274 - No. 1, but have a slight mixture of wood duck in them ; the body is of very dark claret silk, with gold twist; head, black ostrich ; tail, golden pheasant's top-knot ; hackle dark claret ; legs, blue, with a tip of yellow and gold No.
Page 15 - ... advantageous ; a south-wester comes next in order ; a north-easter, in which, by-the-by, occasionally there is great success, is the next ; and a north-wester is the worst and dearest of all. Give me wind on any terms, a southerly wind, if I can have it ; but give me wind. It is not known what quality of wind darkens the water ; it may be a haziness produced in the atmosphere, although with a cloudy sky the water is often too transparent ; it may be the peculiar character of the waves, short...
Page 20 - ... streams, not one fish in a thousand will hook himself ; and on Long Island, an angler would grow gray ere he filled his basket if he did not strike, and that quickly. Striking, to my mind, is by far the most important point, and hundreds of fish have I seen escape for want of quickness. It must be done quickly but steadily, and not with a jerk, as the latter is apt, by the double action of the rod, to bend the tip forward, and loosen instead of tightening the lino.
Page 144 - Nepisiguit, stream of tlie beautiful pools, the fisherman's elysium; farewell to thy merry, noisy current, thy long quiet stretches, thy high bluffs, thy wooded and thy rocky shores. Long may thy music lull the innocent angler into day-dreams of happiness. Long may thy romantic scenery charm the eye and gladden the heart of the artist, and welcome the angler to a happy sylvan home.
Page 14 - There are innumerable rules applicable to trout fishing and innumerable exceptions to each ; neither man nor fish is infallible. A change of weather is always desirable : if it has been clear, a rainy day is favorable ; if cold, a warm one ; if the wind has been north, a southerly one is advantageous ; a zephyr if it has been blowing a tornado. Generally, in early spring, amid the fading snows and blasts of winter, a warm day is very desirable ; later, and in the heats of summer, a cold, windy day...
Page 29 - ... and rod stiff, he steadily reeled him in. Great was the excitement ; his whole mind was devoted to shortening the line, regardless of what was to be done next. We had a darkey named Joe with us, to row the boat and land the fish, and our luck having been bad during the morning he was delighted with this turn of affairs, and ready, net in hand, to do his duty. The fish was being reeled up till but a few feet of the line remained below the top, when with a shout of " land, Joe, land him !" my companion...

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