FLEW NET. The best net foi taking fish of very large size, viz. pike, tench, &c. is the flew net, inch and half mesh, and the trammel or walling, twelve inches, to be hung square not diamond-wise. The lint for a flew twenty yards long and eight feet deep, should be sixty yards in length and eighteen feet in depth. This proportion will admit of so much play, that no fish that once touches can extricate itself. In the capture of pike and tenelf) this instrument will be eminently useful; carp will not readily strike a flew; and eels—unless in small meshed ones that entangle roach, which the eel tries to seize in the net—are seldom taken. The flew must be drawn quietly across the canal—no beating or disturbing the water, by way of driving the fish. After allowing the net to stand a few hours in one spot, shift it to another. If the water is to be ferretted with a drag net, use two flews, one placed before, the other behind the drag—the latter will be most destructive, as large fish always try to escape the drag, by returning with velocity to the water that has been swept by the drag, through any unevenness of the bottom of the river or canal, that has occasioned the lifting up of its lead line.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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