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MORE PARTICULARLY APPLIED TO CLEAR WATER.
OST anglers meet with fair success when the waters are dark coloured ; but when the waters are clear they find poor sport. This is mainly due to an erroneous System of fishing, which angling works already published have done little to remove, and which, though its effects were not so observi able fifty years ago, when drainage was less extensively in operation, and when the streams Continued large and discoloured for some time, is not at all adapted for the small clear waters of the present day. It is with the view of showing how almost, if not quite, as good sport may be had in clear water as in coloured, that we have undertaken to add another to the
numerous volumes already existing upon this very popular amusement. It is almost unnecessary to add, that as it is more difficult to deceive trout in clear water than in coloured, the method of angling which succeeds best in the one case will also succeed best in the other. For more than fifteen years we have pursued angling with the greatest assiduity; and during that period have obtained information from a number of excellent amateur anglers (among whom we may mention the Secretary of the late St. Ronan's Angling Club), to all of whom we take this opportunity of expressing our thanks. We have also fished with, and watched while fishing, almost all the best professional anglers of the day, including the celebrated James Baillie, considered by all who know him the ablest fly-fisher in Scotland, and from whom we have received some valuable information upon that branch of the art; and it must be admitted that there are few anglers like those whose ingenuity and perseverance are stimu
lated by necessity. The information received
from these we have thoroughly tested before
admitting it into the following pages; and we
may safely say that we have gained more
from half an hour's conversation with such, than
from all the books we ever read upon the sub
ject, and their number is not small; most
works upon angling being rather amusing than
instructive. The angler will not find this the case in the following volume ; if he finds no- . thing instructive, he will certainly find nothing amusing ; and we found our claims to the attention of the angling community solely upon the ground of the information we have to conVey, which we have endeavoured to make as distinct as possible; and as this treatise is only intended for anglers, we expect that the style and composition will not be very severely criticised.
EDINBURGH, January 1857.