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peal identical with the Salmon, but in an imperfect State
of its Growth? - What is the Parr? — These Questions
Our Remarks thereon.-Mr. Erasmus Wilson's Opinion
Selection of the Tackle concluded. - The Line. - The
“ Point." - The Reel. — The Collar, and the proper
Fly-making. - Introductory Remarks. Selection of the
VADE-MECUM OF FLY-FISHING,
My good scholar, we may say of angling as Dr. Boteler said of strawberries, ‘Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but doubtless God never did ;' and so, if I might be judge, God never did make a more calm, quiet, innocent recreation than angling.”— Izaac WALTON.
GLORIOUS old Izaac! What delightful thoughts
what poetical imaginings — the bare mention of thy name evokes! They come fresh and uncontaminated from the pure fountains of nature -- as if haloed with cowslip garlands, bespangled with the blue-bell and the water-lily — stealing along amid the murmur of the summer stream, the hum of insects, and the song of birds !