The Book of the Pike; A Practical Treatise on the Various Methods of Jack Fishing with an Analysis of the Tackle Employed - The History of the Fish, & C. Also a Chapter on Spinning for Trout in Lakes and Rivers

The Book of the Pike; A Practical Treatise on the Various Methods of Jack Fishing with an Analysis of the Tackle Employed - The History of the Fish, & C. Also a Chapter on Spinning for Trout in Lakes and Rivers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...districts," where the swarthy sons of the spade and the pickaxe not unfrequently extemporize their fishing-rod out of the nearest clothes-prop. In the length of her rod, however, the fair prioress was less ambitious than some of her modern disciples; Hofland, writing in our own century (1839) talks of a trolling-rod twenty feet long!--such a rod would certainly require a troller 10 feet high to wield it effectively. To show the crudity of some of the directions given by jwm'-trolling authorities, the following may be quoted from The Fishing-rod and how to use it, by " Glenfin," who professes to give "the most approved instructions in the whole art." "The best trolling-rods," he says, "are made of stout bamboo, with a short whalebone top-piece... Almost any stoutly made rod may be converted into a trolling-rod by changing the top-piece The trolling-rod should have one ring on each joint," &c To practical fishermen, who are acquainted with the difficulty of keeping the spinning-line clear even with all 'British Angler's Manual, ' &c. the appliances of upright rings and plenty of them, and who know the absolute necessity of having a stiff, rather than a pliable top-joint for striking a fish, it is needless to point out the fallacy of these "most approved" instructions. It is hardly possible that the writer could have been even a tolerably promising disciple in the school of which he professes to be an apostle. We are not at all surprised, therefore, to find him immediately afterwards advocating a "16 or 18-foot rod of stout" bamboo; all I would say to those who regard with an eye of favour such an unwieldly and exhaustive engine is--try it. Spin for 6 or 7 hours consecutively...show more

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  • Paperback | 62 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236561996
  • 9781236561992