This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII. List of Flies for Trout-fishing--The Stone-fly--The Mayfly--The Spent Gnat--The Virtues of the 'Wickham'--Varieties of Artificial Mayflies--Mr. Green's Pattern--Drying the Mayfly--The Blow-line--True Sport--Patterns of Mayflies--The Gray Drake and Spent Gnat--The March Brown--The Blue Dun--The Olive Dun--Four Useful Flies--Detached Bodies--The Yellow Dun--The Ironblue Dun--The Jenny Spinner--The July Dun--The August Dun--The Little Pale-blue Dun--Spinners--Dressings of Spinners--Local Names of Flies--Theakstone on ' British Angling Flies.' I Propose to devote the present chapter to the consideration of the artificial flies which I have placed on the following list. The various dressings are taken from the best authors on the subject. I have selected only those flies and those patterns which I have proved to be really reliable, and which I deem to be indispensable. The list is apparently a long one. Such, however, is not really the case, if it be compared with the lists usually given, and I have endeavoured to curtail it as much as possible. In most instances the letters W. F. will be observed against one of the dressings given for each fly; LIST OF TROUT-FLIES 117 these letters I have put to indicate that it is, of the two or three different patterns there referred to, the one which is most suitable for down-stream work with a wet-fly. The authors to which I refer are Francis Francis, Ronalds, Halford, Theakstone, etc. Halford's patterns, save where they are dressed hackled, are more suitable for dry-fly work. Where either author makes mention of any points of interest regarding any particular fly, I have added such observations, as also anything which I have myself noticed from time to time, which I think may be of service to or interest the...
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