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When planning this work the difficulty of thoroughly covering the broad subject forming the title of the book was foreseen, and the average angler would probably have considered it impossible to get a comprehensive work of this nature into such a small volume. Without a desire to boast, and especially since you have not yet had a chance to express your opinion on the work, I feel justified in thinking that I have succeeded beautifully in this. But in order to tell everything I had in view, as expressed in the chapters which follow, I found it necessary to get right to the point, and avoid all superfluities, and the little anecdotes which usually relieve the monotony of such a work, but I believe that the general reader will like it better so, since he will get in one book what is usually comprised in two.

The author is a practical angler not an expert in each branch, it is true but well acquainted with each. Most of the writing is based on my own experience, but in descriptions of certain fishes and their habits, I have been obliged to refer sometimes to the works of others. In such cases all statements of a doubtful character have been eliminated.

It has been my object throughout to inspire the reader with a desire for cleaner and better sport, that he may get from his chosen recreation all the pleasure that there is in it. To this end I have dwelt fondly on fly-fishing and bait-casting, and the instruments used for these branches of angling, for I consider them the cleanest, most satisfactory, and most pleasant styles of fishing. Some might not look on it this way, as a little story that I heard just recently will illustrate.

An old African American woman wanted to purchase one of the late pattern artificial baits, and the dealer, knowing that she did not know how to use a bait of this kind proceeded to explain. "Now see here," he said, "you can't use this like you do an ordinary baited hook; you must keep it moving all the time wiggle it." And she replied, "Aw gwan; take yo wiggle; I don't want no wiggle. I wants a bait that I can fro out, and sit still and fish." And so it may be with others.

And now I leave you to peruse this work, and I trust that you will enjoy it; that it may help you to make better catches of nicer fish; and perhaps, if you are an amateur, even teach you better and more enjoyable ways of fishing.


Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.

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