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The Art of Angling Wherein are discovered many rare secrets, very necessary to be knowne by all that delight in that recreation   By: (fl. 1651)

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In "The Art of Angling" by Thomas Barker, readers are invited into the fascinating world of fishing, where secrets and techniques are unveiled for all those who delight in this beloved recreation. With his extensive knowledge and passion for angling, Barker presents a comprehensive guide that is bound to captivate both novice and seasoned anglers alike.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Barker's ability to convey his expertise in a clear and concise manner. His explanations are straightforward yet rich in detail, allowing readers to grasp the intricacies of angling without feeling overwhelmed. Whether discussing the various types of fish, the best locations for angling, or the techniques and equipment required, Barker's instructions are easy to follow and implement.

Furthermore, Barker's love for fishing shines through in his engaging writing style. His anecdotes and personal experiences inject an element of warmth into the book, making it more than just a practical guide. These personal touches help to establish a connection between the author and the reader, fostering a sense of camaraderie and igniting a shared passion for angling.

The book is organized meticulously, with each chapter focusing on a specific aspect of angling. Barker covers a wide range of topics, including the use of different baits, the art of fly fishing, and even advice on selecting the perfect fishing spot. By categorizing the information, readers can easily refer back to specific chapters when seeking guidance on a particular subject.

Another valuable asset of "The Art of Angling" is the inclusion of beautiful illustrations that complement the text. These visual aids not only enhance the reader's understanding but also add an element of charm to the book. The illustrations serve as a testament to Barker's dedication to providing a comprehensive resource for all those who take pleasure in the art of angling.

However, it's worth noting that some readers may find certain sections of the book to be overly technical. While Barker's attention to detail is admirable, there are instances where his explanations may require a more advanced understanding of angling. This could potentially alienate readers who are seeking a more accessible introduction to the sport.

Overall, "The Art of Angling" by Thomas Barker is an indispensable companion for anyone who wishes to explore the world of fishing. Barker's expertise, coupled with his passion and engaging writing style, ensures that readers will walk away equipped with a wealth of knowledge. Despite its occasional technical nature, this book remains an excellent choice for avid anglers and beginners alike.

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The Art of



Are discovered many rare Secrets, very necessary to be knowne by all that delight in that Recreation.


Printed in the Yeare 1653.


Reprinted by Inchbold and Gawtress, Leeds.


The Art of Angling.

Reader: I will complement, and put a case to you. I met with a man, and upon our Discourse he fell out with me: this man having a good weapon, having neither wit, stomack, nor skill; I say this man may come home by Totnam high Cross , and cause the Clerk to tole his knell: It is the very like case with the Gentleman Angler that goeth to the River for his pleasure: this Angler hath neither judgment, knowledge, nor experience; he may come home light laden at his pleasure.

A man that goeth to the River for his pleasure, must understand, when he cometh there, to set forth his Tackles. The first thing he must do, is to observe the Sun, the Wind, the Moon, the Starres, and the Wanes of the Air; to set forth his Tackles according to the times and seasons; to goe for his pleasure, and some profit... Continue reading book >>

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