Horace G. Hutchinson Fishing, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

Fishing, Vol. 1 (Classic Reprint)

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Fishing is very far indeed from what it was in the days of the great and good Dr. Johnson - an affair of "a worm at one end and a fool at the other." At the latter end, instead of the simple wriggling worm, there is now a fly that is a precise imitation of some one or other of the insect forms upon the water - the dun or the spinner. The fisher of the most nice and delicate kind, that is to say, the fisher of the dry fly, has to be more than an angler - he has to be an entomologist; he has to know all the phases of the life of the aquatic food of the fish, and he has to officer his imitations of these phases in the precise manner in which, when living, they appear to the trout in the stream. Very largely indeed it is the valued contributor to these volumes, Mr. Halford, who has led to this increase of intelligence on the part of the man whom Dr. Johnson spoke of with such characteristic disrespect.

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