Fishing with the Fly: Sketches by Lovers of the Art, with Illustrations of Standard Flies

C. F. Orvis, 1883 - 299 sider
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Side 207 - Of pendent trees, the monarch of the brook, Behoves you then to ply your finest art. Long time he, following cautious, scans the fly, And oft attempts to seize it, but as oft The dimpled water speaks his jealous fear. At last, while haply o'er the shaded Sun Passes a cloud, he desperate takes the death, With sullen plunge. At once he darts along...
Side 206 - There throw, nice judging, the delusive fly ; And as you lead it round in artful curve, With eye attentive mark the springing game...
Side 79 - Sometimes, after staying in a village parlor till the family had all retired, I have returned to the woods, and, partly with a view to the next day's dinner, spent the hours of midnight fishing from a boat by moonlight, serenaded by owls and foxes, and hearing, from time to time, the creaking note of some unknown bird close at hand.
Side 206 - When with his lively ray the potent sun Has pierc'd the streams, and rous'd the finny race, Then , issuing cheerful , to thy sport repair ; Chief should the western breezes curling play , And light o'er ether bear the shadowy clouds. High to their fount , this day , amid the hills , And woodlands warbling round , trace up the brooks...
Side 277 - As to its poetical relations, it carries us into the most wild and beautiful scenery of nature ; amongst the mountain lakes, and the clear and lovely streams that gush from the higher ranges of elevated hills, or that make their way through the cavities of calcareous strata. How delightful, in the early spring, after the dull and tedious time of winter, when the frosts disappear and the sunshine warms the earth and waters, to wander forth by some clear stream...
Side 208 - Mark well the various seasons of the year, How the succeeding insect race appear ; In this revolving moon one colour reigns, Which in the next the fickle trout disdains. Oft...
Side 277 - ... beneath the flowers and leaves of the water-lily ; and as the season advances, to find all these objects changed for others of the same kind, but better and brighter, till the swallow and the trout contend as it •were for the gaudy...
Side 206 - With eye attentive mark the springing game. Straight as above the surface of the flood They wanton rise, or urged by hunger leap, Then fix, with gentle twitch, the barbed hook : Some lightly tossing to the grassy bank, And to the shelving shore slow-dragging some, With various hand proportion'd to their force.
Side 231 - I mean, with inclinations to it, though both may be heightened by discourse and practice: but he that hopes to be a good angler, must not only bring an inquiring, searching, observing wit, but he must bring a large measure of hope and patience, and a love and propensity to the art itself; but having once got and practised it, then doubt not but Angling will prove to be so pleasant, that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.

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