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and other fish, which I may commend, because they concern not
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 catching of fish, I am not so simple as not to think but that he
may ceptions 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 undertakes it, shall undertake a harder task then Hales,
• Called inat in his printed Book * underthe private took by it to teach the Art of School of Fencing, and was laught at for
his labour. Not but that something
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 perusalof it, and somight here take my leave; but I will stay thee alittle longer by telling thee, that whereas it is said by many, that in Fly-fissing
for a Trout,the Angler mustobserve 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 fair dayes in Almanacks, and be no surer: for doubtless,three or four Flyes rightly made, do serve for a Trout all Summer; and for Winter-flies, all Anglers know, they are as useful as an Almanack out of date.
Of these (because no man is born an Artist nor an Angler) I thought fit to give thee this notice. Imight say more, but it is not fit for this place; but if this Discourse which follows shall come to a second inpression, which is possible, for slight books have been in this Age observed to have thatfortune; I shallthen for thy fake be glad to correct what is faulty,or by a conference with anytoexplainorenlargewhatisdefective:but for this time I have neither awillingnessnorleasure to say more, then wilh theearainy evening toread this book in, and that the east wind may never blow whenthou goeft a fishing. Farewel.
Ecausein this Discourseof Fisand
Fishing I havenotobserveda method, which (though the Discourse be notlong) may be some inconvenience to the Reader, I havethereforeforhis easi. er 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 of Angling.
In the second are some observations of thenature of the Otter, and also some observations of the Chub or Cheven, with directions how and with what baits to fish for him. In chapt. 3. are some observations of Trouts,
both of their nature, their kinds, and their breeding.
In chap. 4. are fome direction concerning baits for the Trout, with advise bow to make the Fly, and keep the live baits.
In chap. 5. are some direction how to fish for the Trout by night; and a question, Whether fish bear? and lastly, some direction bow to fish for the Umber or Greyling.
In chap. 6. are some observations concerning the Salmon, with direction bow to fish for him.
Inchap.7. are several observations concerning the Luce or Pike,' with some directions how and with wbat baits to fish for him. In chap.8. are several observations of the nature