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Scotch Loch-Fishing   By: (1839?-1920)

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SCOTCH LOCH FISHING

BY "BLACK PALMER"

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS EDINBURGH AND LONDON MDCCCLXXXII

All Rights reserved

DEDICATED

TO THE

MEMBERS OF THE WESTERN ANGLING CLUB GLASGOW

IN REMEMBRANCE OF MANY HAPPY DAYS

SPENT IN THEIR COMPANY

PREFACE.

The Author of this very practical treatise on Scotch Loch Fishing desires chiefly that it may be of use to all who read it. He does not pretend to have written anything new, but to have attempted to put what he has to say in as readable a form as possible. Everything in the way of the history and habits of fish has been studiously avoided, and technicalities have been used as sparingly as possible. The writing of this book has afforded him much pleasure in his leisure moments, and that pleasure would be much increased if he knew that the perusal of it would create any bond of sympathy between himself and the angling community in general. This edition is interleaved with blank sheets for the reader's notes. The Author need hardly say that any suggestions addressed to the care of the publishers, will meet with consideration in a future edition.

GLASGOW, March 1882 .

CONTENTS.

CHAP. PAGE

I. INTRODUCTORY, 1

II. EQUIPMENT, 5

III. TACKLE AND ACCESSORIES, 7

IV. FLIES AND CASTING LINES, 13

V. TROLLING TACKLE AND LURES, 21

VI. DUTIES OF BOATMAN, 27

VII. ETIQUETTE OF LOCH FISHING, 33

VIII. CASTING AND STRIKING, 37

IX. TROLLING, 42

X. CAPTURE OF FISH, 48

XI. AFTER A DAY'S FISHING, 60

XII. REMINISCENCES, 65

XIII. CONCLUSION, 80

SCOTCH LOCH FISHING.

CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTORY.

We do not pretend to write or enlarge upon a new subject. Much has been said and written and well said and written too on the art of fishing; but loch fishing per se has been rather looked upon as a second rate performance, and to dispel this idea is one of the objects for which this present treatise has been written. Far be it from us to say anything against fishing, lawfully practised in any form; but many pent up in our large towns will bear us out when we say that, on the whole, a day's loch fishing is the most convenient. One great matter is, that the loch fisher is dependent on nothing but enough wind to "curl" the water, and on a large loch it is very seldom that a dead calm prevails all day, and can make his arrangements for a day, weeks beforehand; whereas the stream fisher is dependent for a good take on the state of the water: and however pleasant and easy it may be for one living near the banks of a good trout stream or river, it is quite another matter to arrange for a day's river fishing, if one is looking forward to a holiday at a date some weeks ahead. Providence may favour the expectant angler with a "good" day, and the water in order; but experience has taught most of us that the "good" days are in the minority, and that, as is the case with our rapid running streams, such as many of our northern streams are, the water is either too large or too small, unless, as previously remarked, you live near at hand, and can catch it at its best.

A common belief in regard to loch fishing is, that the tyro and the experienced angler have nearly the same chance in fishing, the one from the stern and the other from the bow of the same boat. Of all the absurd beliefs as to loch fishing, this is one of the most absurd. Try it. Give the tyro either end of the boat he likes; give him a cast of any flies he may fancy, or even a cast similar to those which a "crack" may be using; and if he catches one for every three the other has, he may consider himself very lucky... Continue reading book >>




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