The Art Of Fly-making

To give something that will convey a durable and correct idea of

Fly-making, Angling, and Dyeing of Colours to my pupils, is what I aim

at, and desire they should understand: for when they are inhaling the

fresh breezes on the river's bank, observing with delight the varied

tints and delicate forms of the winged insects skimming the surface, and

the sportive trout, pitching over and over, taking them down, this is

ime, no doubt, when far from the din of a busy town they will thank

me for my trouble in directing their attention to the proper shades,

which is the most essential of all things in the Art to be considered.

The amusement and pleasing recollections of the Fly-fisher, (when

studying the various colours and materials necessary for the formation

of the artificial fly--those fanciful ones which salmon take so freely,

and the imitating, if possible, by the aid of these materials, those

beautiful ones in Nature), will be infinitely more pleasing than can be

well comprehended by a careless observer of the craft. Many a pleasant

hour may be spent, that otherwise would prove tedious, when confined to

quarters of an unfavourable day, far from home, looking over your

dubbing book and tying a fly. It gives relief to the uneasy mind by

calming the disorders that disappointments may have caused, and by

cheering the hearts of those who pursue it as a relaxation and

enjoyment. The recommendations on Angling are without number, and there

is nothing can delight the heart of the fly-fisher so much as to see the

fish rise at the flies on the surface of the water, and their beautiful

appearance when landed on the bank; this, with the varied scenery which

the windings of the river presents to the imagination, as you roam

along, are inducements that cannot fail to gratify the admirer of

sportive fish and rushing streams.

I have seen, in days when the fish are not in the humour of taking, a

fly tied neatly near the tint, somewhat gaudy, will unquestionably

entice them to rise, and will decidedly be more advantageous than

fishing without plan. In days when the natural flies are most numerous,

the trout will not take the artificial fly so freely; on the contrary,

when these insects are rarely to be seen, if the angler can find the

colour that is then prevailing, and imitate it, his success will be

considerably increased.

In these pages will be found descriptions of Flies that will kill well

in every river and lake in the United Kingdom. And those in the "Hand

Book of Angling," and the "Book of the Salmon," by the celebrated

"Ephemera," will also be found excellent throughout the Kingdom.