The Complete Angler, by I. Walton and C. Cotton. New Illustr. Ed., with Notes by G.C. Davies

The Complete Angler, by I. Walton and C. Cotton. New Illustr. Ed., with Notes by G.C. Davies

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...they begin to rot. If a place is very thick and weedy, you can easily guess exactly where his lodgings are; but if the river is free from weeds, only here or there a bank or bed of bullrushes, you may safely conclude those are his retirements and baiting-places. If the river is broad, deep, and straight, like a scour, it will be the more difficult to find his recess; and if there are but few fish, it will be next to seeking a needle in a bottle of hay; for in such false rivers you may troll perhaps from morning till night, and scarcely get a run. But if such a place be little beaten, and have plenty of fish, you may have sport enough: then you must arm yourself with patience, and fish it very true and slow. There is not much variety and delight in trolling such a river, because it is all along even and alike, and you cannot conceive where your prey lies: this you may call haphazard, and expect a run every throw, though you go three or four hours, and neither see nor feel any fish but your own bait. "The best and securest way of fishing these wide reaches is by drawing the bait along the sides next to you, unless you can search the breadth of it, and throw over to the farther side; but that is but dull and slow sport: it will take much time to troll the length of a furlong. If your river consists of pits, which is the quickest and most delightful way of trolling, you must have a special regard to the top and bottom of the pit. A pike may be taken sometimes in the middle, but his chief seat and habitation is at the bottom of the pit; and this I have often observed, that where one pike has been taken at the mouth, another has been found at the foot or bottom of the pit. "These are the ordinary places; yet, according to the variety more

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  • Paperback | 114 pages
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  • English
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  • 9781236606075