LAKE FLIES AND THEIR IMITATION: A PRACTICAL ENTOMOLOGY FOR THE STILL-WATER FLY-FISHER. By C.F. Walker.
1960 1st edition. 8vo (142 x 222mm). Pp190. Colour and b/w photographs, bibliography. Blue cloth spine titled in knowledge of the natural history of lakes in its practical application to the sport of fishing, and how such knowledge should be utilised ...a study of entomology [is] the only rational basis for successful fly-fishing, no less on the lake than on the river". The author". Walker ...might have written especially for me. For one thing, his book was devoted entirely to stillwater trout flies - the first book, so far as I am aware, ever to have been so dedicated. For another thing, it is written in plain, sensible, comprehensible English, by a man solely concerned to impart relevant information on the most important creatures upon which trout are known to feed. What is more, Walker, although a man of considerable literary and other accomplishments, had no fancy ideas about himself. ...He goes to some pains, indeed, to de-bug the mystique of Latin names, explains why they are used and how they came into being; and specifically goes out of his way to condemn their use in ordinary fishing talk ...I read and re-read this book, my confidence growing with every syllable". Brian Clarke in, The Pursuit of Stillwater Trout. Chapters include: The development of lake fishing; Some expert opinions; Choosing the fly; Using the fly; The food of lake trout; The practical aspect; Nomenclature; Natural flies - Ephemeroptera; Natural flies - other insects and crustaceans; Artificial flies - the standard patterns; Artificial flies - a new series for the lake; Fortunes and misfortunes of a bug-hunter. Appendices include: Form at a glance; Ready-reckoner; A table of affinity - patterns which may be used together on the same cast.
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|Author||Walker (Charles Frederick). (1902-1985).|
|Book Description||Very good in rubbed dust-wrapper.|