The Fly Fisher's Text Book

The Fly Fisher's Text Book

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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. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...a trifle more by lowering your hand and arm a little, keeping them in a straight line up to the shoulder. Thus you will cause your fly to 'light so very gently on the water, as often to leave you in doubt as to the precise spot where it fell; but which is frequently pointed out by the rising of a fish, deceived equally with yourself, by the sleight you have attained." This, though clothed in other language, is exactly what I described, as to letting the motion of the hand and rod die away and discontinue by degrees, after the spring in casting the line forwards: and it is this gradual cessation in the movement, which causes the desired fairy-like lightness. Herb.--But you have not enlightened me about the length of line to be thrown; which, from the mode in which I have heard it spoken of, seems to measure the skill of the fisherman. Theoph, --It measures the skill in casting the line, but no more; for much is requisite, besides good throwing, to fill a fishing pannier. If a man can throw a long line, he must necessarily be able to throw well, and, most probably, will catch fish; and, to the general observer, he is a good fisherman. It ensures this also, that he must have fished a long time, for practice alone can, in the ordinary run of hands, accomplish it--though many may fish for years without acquiring this advantage. Herb.--And yet it is very common to hear men boast of being able to throw thirty yards or more of line. Theoph.--The next man you hearthus boasting, ask him, did he ever measure it! and you'll surely find him "reckoning without his host." There are some who can do it, certainly; but they are as one in a thousand. I know but one man, and that is my ally down here, Tom P.; whom I have before mentioned to you. Exclusive of him...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236669401
  • 9781236669407