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XII PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION.
intend the colouring of each particular impression.
He therefore presumes to hope that he has succeeded in giving a useful collection of the leading flies for every month in the season, and that any one, who may be led by it to a choice of flies from the stock of the manufacturer, or to the construction of his own, will not have cause to repent having consulted the catalogue, chiefly composing the fourth Chapter.
But since in his endeavours to improve the art of fly-making, careful observations were made relative to some of the habits of the Trout and Grayling, and of many insects upon which these fish prey; it is hoped that a few of these observations, intermixed with a little useful information, and some remarks on other points more or less connected with the principal subject, will not be thought inappropriate. These form the subjects of the three preceding Chapters.
Chiswick, June, 1836.
OBSERVATIONS ON THE TROUT AND GRAYLING.
Of The Trout. His Weight, Colour, Condition, Haunts,
&c. Description of a Fishing-hut or Observatory.
The Trout's sense of Hearing. Sight. Taste and
Smell. Manner of Feeding, &c.
Habits. Food, &c. 1
OF ROD, LINE, AND OTHER TACKLE.
The Rod. Line. Reel. End Line. Hooks. Dubbing-
MANNER OF FISHING FOR TROUT AND GRAYLING.
Preparation of the Rod and Line. Art of Throwing.
Manner of presenting the Fly to a Grayling. Land-
AN ILLUSTRATED LIST OF INSECTS, AND THEIR IMITATIONS,
Introduction. Flies to be used in March. Flies for
LIST OF PLATES.
Trout, Grayling and Parr - - Frontispiece.