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and other fisti, which I may commend, because they concern not my self.
And I am also to tel the Reader, that in that which is the more usefull part of this discourse; that is to say, the observations of the nature and breeding, and seasons, and catchingoffij}}, I am not so simple as not to think but that he may find exceptions in some of these; and therefore I must intreat him to know, or rather note, that severall Countreys, and several Rivers alter the time and manner of fishes Breeding; and therefore if he bring not candor to the reading of this Discourse, he shall both injure me, and possibly himself too by too many Criticisms.
Now for the Art of catching fish; that is to say, how to make a man that was none, an Angler by a book: he that un iertakes it, shall undertake a harder task then Hales,
that * Called 'nat m his printed Book * unslerthe private took by it to teach the Art of
defence °f fencing» an^ was laugnt at for his labour. Notbutthatsomething usefull might be observed out of that Book; but that Art was not to be taught by words; nor is the Art of Angling. And yet, I think, that most that love that Game, may here learn something that may be worth their money, if they be not needy: and if they be, then my advice is, that they forbear; for, I write not to get money , but so: pleasure; and this discourse boasts of no more: for I hate to promise much, and sail.
But pleasure I have found both in the search and conference about what is here offered to thy view and censure; I wish thee as much in the perusal of it, and so might here take myleave; but I will stay thee alittle longer by tellin Q; thee, that whereas it is said by many, that in Fly-jifoing
for for a7ratf,the Angler must observe his twelve Flyes for every Month; I say, if he observe that, he shall be as certain to catch fish, as they that make Hay by the fairdayes in Almanacks, and be no surer: for doubtless, three QxiovxFfyes rightly made, do serve for a Trout all Summer; and for Winter-files, all Anglers know, they are as useful as an Almanack out of date.
Of these (because no man is bom an Artist nor an Angler) I thought fit to give thee this notice. I might fay more, but it is not fit for this place; but if this Discourse which follows shall come to a second impreflion,which is poflible, for flight books have been in this Age observed to have thatfortune; I shall then for thy sake be glad to correct what isfaulty,or by a conference with any to explain or enlarge what is defective:but forthistimelhaveneither awillingnefsnorleasuretosaymore, then wtih thee arainy evening toreml this book in, and that the east wind may never blow when thou goest a fijljing. FareweL
BEcauseinthisDiscourseosi^and Fijhing I havenotobservedamethod, which (though the Discourse be notlong)maybesome inconvenience to theReader, I havethereforeforhis easier finding out some particular things which are spoken of, made this following Table.
The first Chapter is spent in a vindication or commendation of the Art <y Angling.
In thesecondarefomeobservations osthenature of the Otter, and also some observations of the Chub or Cheven, with direclions how and with what baits to fish for him.
In chapt. 3. are some observations ofTio\its,botb of their nature, their kinds, and their breeding.
In chap. 4. arefome direclionconcerningbaitsfor the Trout, with advise bow to make the Fly, and keep the live baits.
In chap. 5. are some direclion how to fijb for the Trout by night', and a question, Whether fijb heart and lastly, some direclion bow to fijb for the Umber or Greyling.
In chap. 6. are some observations concerning the Salmon, with direclion how to fifli for him.
Incha.p.7,areseveral observations concerning the Luce or Pike, with some direclions bow and with what bails lo fijb for him. J
/» chap.8. areseveral observations of the nature