Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater Fishing

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ... Little Ouse, Trent, etc. The spawning time varies with roach, according to the weather and the temperature of the water, but generally speaking it begins about the middle of May and continues into June. After spawning, the roach repair to the scours, swift-flowing streams, and fresh water in order to cleanse themselves, and are frequently in rather poor condition for sport and the basket when June 16, the opening day of the freshwater angling season, arrives. July is a better month in which to make a start with roach fishing, but a good deal will depend on circumstances. In streamy, clear rivers with gravelly, sandy beds roach recover condition quicker than in slow running rivers with a muddy bottom and in still waters. Roach which have spawned in tidal rivers will often venture down stream until they come in contact with brackish water, which seems to have a healing and tonic effect on their rough and flabby bodies. The roach, whatever it may have been in Walton's time--the old angler styled it the "water sheep "--to-day has no connection with the roach of 300 years ago. In its mature form it is a wary, discriminating, and easily frightened fish. Old, wily roach often require a good deal of catching. They are said to be the "best educated" fish which swim, though, personally, I consider trout and chub are pretty keen rivals in this connection. Therefore, when going roach fishing anglers should not look upon the " red fins " as easily caught quarry, though large catches may frequently be made by anglers who combine good judgment, skill, and quiet in their operations. The first essential is to have suitable tackle and bait, the next thing is to look for a likely spot, and another aid to success is to keep out...show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236886410
  • 9781236886415