On Fishing

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This collection of 71 articles and new essays distills the author's lifetime experience. The ground he covers is immense: fish and how they behave, tackle and how to choose and use it, flyfishing tactics and strategies, angling history and literature, issues and personalities, environmental threats, and the future of fishing. The whole book carries the authority of his pioneering work in the sport—and of his groundbreaking studies of trout behavior, especially. It is informative, thought-provoking, ...

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Overview

This collection of 71 articles and new essays distills the author's lifetime experience. The ground he covers is immense: fish and how they behave, tackle and how to choose and use it, flyfishing tactics and strategies, angling history and literature, issues and personalities, environmental threats, and the future of fishing. The whole book carries the authority of his pioneering work in the sport—and of his groundbreaking studies of trout behavior, especially. It is informative, thought-provoking, entertaining, beautifully written, and will help anyone who fishes for anything to understand more, to think more, and to catch more. It will draw even nonanglers down into the world under water—and to the fascinations that fishermen find there.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007255474
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 2.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Clarke is the author of The Stream and The Trout and the Fly.

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Table of Contents


Dedication     13
Acknowledgements     15
Introduction     18
One Long Morning     21
Which Fly, When     38
A Second-hand Book     53
A Shattered Dream     59
Wildlife, the Media and Us     66
All You Need to Know     79
Arthur Ransome     85
Coarse Fish on the Move     93
Buying Tackle     99
Dry Fly, Wet Fly, Nymph     106
Fun in the Grass     112
Arthur Oglesby     118
The Weakest Link     126
Always and Never     132
Barbless Hooks     138
Bernard Venables     144
The Power of the Close-up     152
Best Day, Worst Day     159
Big Noreen     167
Brain-boxes on Fins?     174
Frank Sawyer and Oliver Kite     180
The Man Who Dressed as a Tree     188
A Definition of the Impossible     194
The Beatrix Potter Syndrome     199
Fishing at Night     208
Flies, Hooks and Leaders     215
The Lady Gives it a Go     220
Fred Buller     227
Getting Stocking Levels Right     244
Stalking Fish on Lakes     250
Giving Logic a Chance     256
Chub, Dace, Roach, Barbel     262
Halford and the Dry Fly     269
John Goddard     276
Just Going Fishing     294
Life and Death in the Arctic     301
A Perfect Day     314
Making Fishing Too Easy     320
Morality Tale     327
Size and Relative Size     335
Reet Queer Trout     341
My Way with Carp     348
Need, Ego and Addiction     354
Grafham - and Alex Behrendt     360
Pig Eats Rod     373
Sex in Angling     379
Skues and the Nymph     386
Staying Silent and Still     393
Strike Indicators     399
Swans     405
Tench on a Fly     412
The Arte of Angling     418
Reading the Rise     426
The Boatman     433
The Dame and the Treatyse     445
The Dry Fly on Lakes     454
The Falklands     460
The Grannom and the Mayfly     470
The Hair Rig      476
The Itchy Wellie Factor     482
Francis Maximilian Walbran     488
The Otter     495
The Professor's Big Trout     503
The Benefits of an Aquarium     509
Too Many Deaths     516
Which Fish Fights Hardest?     524
Promises, Promises     531
Champion of Champions     541
Yippee!     548
Faked Orgasms     554
Angling and the Future     558
Index     579
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