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Fly Fishing in Wonderland by Klahowya

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A HILL VAGABOND

Snakin' wood down the mount'ins, Fishin' the little streams; Smokin' my pipe in the twilight, An' dreamin' over old dreams;

Breathin' the breath o' the cool snows, Sniffin' the scent o' the pine; Watchin' the hurryin' river, An' hearin' the coyotes whine.

This is life in the mount'ins, Summer an' winter an' fall, Up to the rainy springtime, When the birds begin to call.

Then I fix my rod and tackle, I read, I smoke an' I sing. Glad like the birds to be livin' Livin' the life of a king! Louise Paley in The Saturday Evening Post.

COPYRIGHT, 1910, By O. P. BARNES

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TO JOHN GILL

IN WHOSE COMPANIONSHIP I HAVE PASSED MANY DELIGHTFUL DAYS ALONG THE STREAMS AND IN THE WOODS; QUIET ENJOYABLE EVENINGS WATCHING THE ALPENGLOW ILLUMINATE THE SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS; AND STORMY NIGHTS BESIDE THE SEA

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

GOOD FISHING! A FOREWORD 6 IN THE DIM, RED DAWN 9 THE TROUT NATIVE AND PLANTED 14 LET'S GO A FISHING! 21 A CHAPTER ON TROUT FLIES 28 GRIZZLY LAKE AND LAKE ROSE 35 A MORNING ON IRON CREEK 40 AN AFTERNOON ON THE FIREHOLE 45 TRAILS FROM YANCEY'S AND OTHER TRAILS 51

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GOOD FISHING!

This little writing has to do with the streams and the trout therein of that portion of our country extending southward from the southern boundary of Montana to the Teton mountains, and eastward from the eastern boundary of Idaho to the Absaroka range. Lying on both sides of the continental divide, its surface is veined by the courses of a multitude of streams flowing either to the Pacific Ocean or to the Gulf of Mexico, while from the southern rim of this realm of wonders the waters reach the Gulf of California through the mighty canyons carved by the Colorado.

This region has abundant attractions for seekers of outdoor pleasures, and for none more than for the angler. Here, within a space about seventy miles square, nature has placed a bewildering diversity of rivers, mountains, lakes, canyons, geysers and waterfalls not found elsewhere in the world. Fortunately, Congress early reserved the greater part of this domain as a public pleasure ground. Under the wise administration of government officials the natural beauties are protected and made accessible by superb roads. The streams also, many of which were barren of fish, have, by successful plantings and intelligent protection, become all that the sportsman can wish. The angler who wanders through the woods in almost any direction will scarcely fail to find some picturesque lake or swift flowing stream where the best of sport may be had with the rod.

Several years ago I made my first visit to this country, and it has been my privilege to return thither annually on fishing excursions of varying duration. These outings have been so enjoyable and have yielded so much pleasure at the time and afterwards, that I should like to sound the angler's pack cry, "Good Fishing!" loudly enough to lead others to go also.

The photographs from which the illustrations were made, except where due credit is given to others, were taken with a small hand camera which has hung at my belt in crossing mountains and wading streams, and are mainly of such scenes as one comes upon in out of the way places while following that "most virtuous pastime" of fly casting.

THE AUTHOR.

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[Illustration: THE DIM, RED DAWN ]

IN THE DIM, RED DAWN

[Illustration: A Leaping Salmon

Photo by Hugh M. Smith ]

BEFORE exercising the right of eminent domain over these waters, it may be profitable to say a word in explanation of the fact that hardly more than a score of years ago many of these beautiful lakes and streams were absolutely without fish life... Continue reading book >>




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