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The angler's desideratum, containing the best and fullest directions for dressing the artificial fly; with some new and valuable inventions

Author Clarke, R. M., Captain.
Title The angler's desideratum, containing the best and fullest directions for dressing the artificial fly; with some new and valuable inventions
Imprint Edinburgh: Printed by M. Anderson
Date of Publication 1839
Language English
Notes The author, Captain R.M. Clarke, wrote this work from his own personal experience of over fifty years of angling in the United Kingdom. Clarke felt that while other arts have been progressively improving, that of angling seems to have retrograded. He attributes this partly to the poor state of contemporary angling literature and indicates that in writing the Angler's Desideratum he was trying to address the faults and shortcomings of publications in this genre. He attributes the poor state of angling literature to two factors: firstly, the fact that many fishermen jealously want to guard their angling secrets and thus are loath to put anything in print. Secondly, the observation that those who do publish have very little, if any, actual experience of fishing and that they are primarily plagiarizing and/or summarizing Izaak Walton's (1593-1683) classic Compleat Angler of 1653. Topics covered include the rod, hooks, fly-casting, and the manner of tying a variety of flys. Both the preface and the conclusion state that this work is only "the precursor of another, more copious, and of consequence more efficient work" that is apparently in a state of being "far advanced." This larger work does not seem to have ever been published.
Shelfmark ABS.1.203.019
Acquired on 07/05/03
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