Still fishing is the oldest and most common form of angling, and if we consider the number of devotees, it is the most popular. But this is not because it is a better way or that it yields more sport, but because it is so simple and easily mastered, and requires no elaborate or expensive tackle. A long cane rod with a light linen line of about the same length as the rod, a lead sinker of the proper weight, and some common ringed hooks are all that is needed. Such an outfit is easily handled as the hook is simply baited with an angleworm or other natural bait and thrown out into the stream as far as it will reach, providing, of course, that the best place for fishing lies in that direction.
If desired a cork, wood, or quill float may be used, and by having rod rests on the bank the angler may "set" his rod, then retire to a nice place farther up from the water where he can see the float and know by its movements when a fish is biting. The rod rests are crotched sticks stuck into the bank the one nearest the water being highest and the top forked, the other one having a hook, a short branch, near the projecting end, and the rod is placed in the fork of the one and under the hook of the other. When a fish bites he is hooked by a quick light jerk and drawn out of the water by a steady pull. The proper tackle to use for each kind of 'fish will be mentioned in the part devoted to that fish, farther on.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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