DRY-FLY FISHING IN THEORY AND PRACTICE. By Frederic M. Halford ("Detached Badger" of "The Field"). In memoriam George Selwyn Marryat. Revised edition.

Halford (Frederic Michael). (1844-1914).

Published by Vinton & Co. London.
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(1889) 1899 3rd edition. 8vo (150 x 228mm). Ppxx,354 + 1pp ad. Three hand-coloured plates, fifteen plain plates, text illustrations, top edge gilt. Original brown cloth, upper board and spine titled in gilt. Slight use and shelf-wear to cloth but still a very good copy. Widely thought of as the greatest work on the subject of fly-fishing published in the last century. History has not always been kind to Mr Halford, indeed there have been periods during the last one hundred years when his name and his work have been denigrated, and his reputation has been associated with an excessive purism and a narrow dogma, thought to be the product of snobbishness and an exclusive cult. These ideas have little relation to Halford's actual words or his achievement. Though he was unaware of the potential of nymph fishing in chalk streams, he nonetheless was an all round fisherman of considerable intuition and experience, and a tireless experimenter always in search of improvements, whether in flies or tackle. On the river Test in Hampshire, where so much of his pursuit of trout and grayling took place, Halford is still remembered with proper respect. His name is also revered from New York to Tokyo among the devotees of the Dry Fly. Apart from its historical value, this book is still very well worth a perusal by fly fishermen of the southern chalk streams. It is also a model of clear expression, brilliant organisation, lucid prose, and, above all, remarkable thoroughness, so typical of the pioneers of the Victorian Age. Bookseller Inventory # 10992

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