Pictures of Sporting Life and Character, Volume 2

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Pagina 259 - To frame the little animal, provide All the gay hues that wait on female pride: Let Nature guide thee; sometimes golden wire The shining bellies of the fly require: The peacock's plumes thy tackle must not fail, Nor the dear purchase of the sable's tail. Each gaudy bird some slender tribute brings, And lends the growing insect proper wings : Silks of all colours must their aid impart, And every fur promote the fisher's art.
Pagina 290 - ... as a snail moves, to that chub you intend to catch ; let your bait fall gently upon the water three or four inches before him, and he will infallibly take the bait.
Pagina 51 - Oh, who can tell, save he whose heart hath tried, And danced in triumph o'er the waters wide, The exulting sense - the pulse's maddening play, That thrills the wanderer of that trackless way?
Pagina 75 - ... violence, cruelty, profusion, rapacity, injustice, obstinacy, arrogance, bigotry, presumption, caprice : but neither was he subject to all these vices in the most extreme degree, nor was he at intervals altogether destitute of virtue : he was sincere, open, gallant, liberal, and capable at least of a temporary friendship and attachment.
Pagina 228 - Ah, what was then Llewellyn's pain ! For now the truth was clear : The gallant hound the wolf had slain, To save Llewellyn's heir. Vain, vain was all Llewellyn's woe : " Best of thy kind, adieu ! The frantic deed which laid thee low, This heart shall ever rue.
Pagina 109 - ... rather than a planters' question, and that the former were deeply interested in purchasing a pure article. This, however, is by no means the case : the whole business of a merchant is to buy in the cheapest, and sell in the dearest market...
Pagina 319 - The head of the pond should be at the lowest part of the ground, and the trench of the floodgate or sluice should have a pretty swift fall, that the water may not be too long in running out when it is to be emptied. If more ponds than one are to be made at a time, it will be...
Pagina 266 - ... rippling that will frighten the fish away. The time of the trout's biting is from sunrise till nearly eleven in the morning, and then from two in the afternoon until sunset ; and yet the most certain times are nine in the morning and three in the afternoon, especially if the wind be south. At that time, if you angle with a loach, about a quarter of a yard deep in the stream, you are sure of catching fish. As the trout may be deceived almost by any fly at the top, so he seldom refuses any worm...
Pagina 271 - ... for more than one. THE PIKE is ALSO TO BE CAUGHT WITH A MINNOW, for which method take the following directions : Get a single hook, slender, and long in the shank; let it resemble the shape of a shepherd's crook ; put lead upon it, as thick near the bent as will go into the minnow's mouth ; place the point of the hook directly up the face of the fish. Let the rod be as long as you can conveniently manage, with a line of the same length.
Pagina 312 - Never raise a large fish out of the water by taking the hair to which your hook is fastened, or indeed any part of the line, into your hand ; but either put a landing-net under him, or, for want of that, your hat : you may indeed, in fly-fishing lay hold of your line to draw a fish to you, but this must be done with caution.

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