When you get the "big one," if you would do the thing scientifically and right, it is necessary — although it may spoil a good fish story — to measure and weigh him. For ordinary trout, fishing scales weighing up to four pounds, by ounces, are right. And if you get a trout that is too big for your scales — you may if the fishing is done where brown trout are found — you will be mighty glad of the excuse to swagger into the village "store" and request the proprietor to weigh him; of such, to a trout fisherman, is the kingdom of heaven. For measuring nothing is better than the little self-winding tapes in a case about the size of a half-dollar. A good pair of scales — poor ones are worth less than nothing — will cost about $1.00. The tapes may be had at any stationery store for five or ten cents.
Camp, Samuel Granger. Fishing Kits and Equipment,. New York: Outing Pub., 1910. Print
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