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rivers, too, there are a great num- that may suit the wings, the body ber of samlets, or pinks, and al- being made of the fur from the ear though a very small fish, they shew of a hare. We have had excellent good sport, and make a glorious sport with this when the water fry when caught and nicely
cooked. has been rough, and have landed The finest amusement is lake-fish- some very large fish. It is a coming for trout, and river fishing for mon fancy in Wales that the fish salmon ; and we shall now proceed in the lakes are very fond of gaudy to describe the flies which we have flies. Our experience has not found most fatal in Wales. borne out this supposition ; for we
It is universally agreed among have always found, that the nearer anglers, that the trout is the most our flies approached to nature, and knowing of all river fish. This the more closely they resembled being the case, then, it behoves the those which we caught flitting angler to be exceedingly choice about the water, the more likely and careful of his tackle-luck were they to obtain sport for us. being entirely out of the question One fly, which may, perhaps, be in this case. If, therefore, his considered gaudy, we have found tackle be fine, his flies well made very successful in the hot weather and well selected, and his throw in July. Its wings are made of elegant, he will stand a much bet- the red feather of a landrail, with ter chance of success than one who
an orange body and red legs. We does not pay proper attention to never saw it in any fly-busker's these requisites. The catalogue of books, but it could easily be made flies necessary to ensnare the trout to order ; and the tourist in Wales is not very extensive. At the com should always have half a dozen of mencement of the season (that is, them in his book.–At the edge of early in April) the best flies are, night, when the sun has set, change for the end one, a dun cock with a your end fly for the coachman's yellow body; for the first dropper, fly, which is nothing more nor less a palmer with a light yellow body; than a white moth with a brown and for the third (for in the lakes body, dubbed with yellow. These we always fish with three),a dark fly, are all the flies that are necessary coloured with the dye of the bark for sport in the Welsh lakes: and, of a walnut tree. These we have with these, a competent share of found to be very killing, particularly skill, and a heart well up to the in damp, hazy weather. In May sport, your pastime will be pleasant and June, when the weather be enough. Do not, however, suppose, comes sultry, change your light that, because you may possess all palmer for the red-hackle (called these necessary qualifications, sport in Wales the cock-a-boudy). This must follow. “Patience and permay remain on your line till the severance” are the angler's motto: end of September, by which time and we have often been tantalized yoursport at the lakes will be pretty for hours by plenty of rises, but well at an end. In warm weather, no takings. The capricious fish when the breeze is strong, we have have jumped about in all directions often changed our first fly, (that is, but the right, leaving us disapthe dun cock,) for a partridge, or pointed, expectant, and (shall we brindle cock made of a partridge confess it?) pettish. feather, with legs of any hackle There is this advantage in the
Welsh lakes-that, if you are tired are those of Tal-y-llyn and Bala in of lake-fishing, you can easily re- Merionethshire, and the Snow. pair to one of the rivers which donian Lakes in Caernarvonshire. run out of the lake; and there, In the neighbourhood of Dolgelley although your prey may not be so there are two pools, in which there large, the quantity will make up are some very fine perch-Llyn for the quality.
Gwernan, on the road to Cader Before we leave Tal-y-llyn, we Idris; and Llyn Cynwch, near should mention that the good taste Nannau, the seat of Sir Robert of the natives of Dolgelley and its Vaughan, the Member for the vicinity (niany of whom are very county. There are several other excellentanglers) has induced them lakes among the mountains ; but to establish a fishing-club, the an a stranger would seek in vain to niversary of which is celebrated in discover them; and would most May; and if report speaks truly probably, in attempting to do so, for, although members of the club, sink up to his chin in some sly bog, we bave never yet attended its an of which there are great abundance nual celebration-this anniversary on the hills. is by no means deficient in sport We now come to salmon-fishing and joviality. On one occasion a -a hardy and noble amusement, wager was made between two of and requiring a combination of the members, both expert and en- strength, skill
, caution, and precithusiastic anglers, the result of sion, requisite in no other departwhich, while it will serve to shew ment of angling Salmon are reathe sporting capabilities of the dily found in all those rivers which pool, will also tend to display the communicate with the sea; and it skill of the individuals in question. is wonderful to what a great disThe opponents were-Mr. Philip tance they will make their way up Hughes of Shrewsbury, an ac these rivers, leaping over banks knowledged adept; and Serjeant and rocks, scouring over shallows, Williams, of Dolgelley, a man and, apparently, unobstructed in whose whole life may be said to their progress by any obstacle. have been spent in fly-fishing, and The best time in Wales for salmonwhose unwearied perseverance is fishing is from September to about certainly very properly rewarded April ; and they are caught with by very ample success. The wager, the rod of a very fair size, from ten which in itself was trifling, was to to eighteen pounds. To obtain be decided by the majority in num sport, the day must be somewhat ber of fish landed in a given time rough and stormy, and there must in one day-we believe six hours. be a food in the river; the water Mr. Hughes was the victor, he should be a good deal discoloured having secured twelve brace, while with light foam dancing down the Serjeant Williams landed only ten current. The tackle necessary for and a half. This contest excited salmon-fishing ought to be strong a good deal of interest, as it was, and heavy. The fly-rod should be in fact, a trial of skill between at least eighteen feet long, not England and Wales, although quite so pliant as a common flya the parties were both members of rod, but well made, and without the same club.
the smallest blemish, especially toThe best lakes in Wales for trout wards the tip. The wire loop at
the end ought to be very thick, so manner, and most probably break as to stand the struggle of one of you all to pieces. No; always use the strongest and nimblest of fish. å salmon with calmness, gentleThe reel should be of the full size, ness, and “ as though you loved capable of holding a sound line, him;" and in this way you will not less than forty yards long. soon subdue him, especially if you The hook should be on double gut; can contrive to lead him gradually and every thing, in short, should into still water, where you can be so arranged as to stand the tug manage him much better than of a large and powerful adversary. when he is flouncing and darting The flies necessary for salmon- about among
the rapids. In some fishing need not be numerous. In instances he will, after bis run, lie countries where this fish abounds, like a dog at the bottom of the the stock of Aies used by the best river, and all your coaxing, and fishers is simple enough. They wheedling, and urging, will not get content themselves with a heron's him to stir a peg. In this case, if hackle, or the red feather from the you are alone, you must throw wing of a turkey cock, for the some stones at him; and, if you wings; while a little fine wool of a have a companion, it must be his light yellow colour constitutes the place to make the gentleman move. body. This is quite tempting My brother, some years ago, was enough for the salmon, which, if it fishing for trout very late in the be inclined to take a fly at all, will season, when a salmon took his take one of this description. fly, and went away down* the
Salmon are fond of basking in river with it in very gallant style. deep holes, under banks,or rocks, or He was fishing with a single gut, trunks of trees; and an experienced and without à landing net; and angler, who is accustomed to any although he knew, by the course particular river, will be sure to which the fish took, that it was discover the best holes for sport. not a first-rate salmon, yet he saw When the salmon has taken your enough of his tail to know that he fly (and he will speedily let you was far too large for his tackle. know that he has done so), always With the presence of mind so usekeep a tight line, although you ful to the angler, he determined to may let him take it as far as he be patient and cautious, and to take likes the first rush. Having run time; so, after playing some time his length, let him lie a bit, and, with his prey, he fonnd that he had above all things, avoid irrita- fixed himself in the bed of the ing him. Let him keep low down, river, and that he would not more. if the bottom is clear ; but if it be He at last got him to run again, foul, you must keep the fish well by throwing stones at him; and, in hand, without urging bim much after two hours' manæuvring, he to ascend, which he will do if you landed a fine fellow of more than are not cautious; and no sooner twelve pounds. If the angler bas does he catch a glimpse of your patience he may generally manage murderous person, than he will a salmon. With a good rod, stout leap and lash in a very furious tackle, and an advantageous si
As a general rule, this may be observed with regard to the larger kind of fish. They run up the river, the smaller ones down. This applies both to salmon and pike.
tuation, the angler need not be few persons, excepting the natives, afraid of the largest salmon; but or those who are accustomed to he must be patient, cool, and have the sport, will venture to brave all bis energies awake to the sport. the wind and the rain—to say no
In Wales, from the plentiful thing of a contest with the fish itcommunication of rivers with the self. Those who do venture, and sea, there is much scope for the who love the pastime, are gratified exercise of the salmon-fisher's skill. with sport, as full of excitement, The rivers, too, are flooded by a toil, and pleasure, as that of foxvery small quantity of rain; as the hunting, and requiring, in our brooks which run into them from humble estimation, infinitely more the mountains swell very rapidly, skill, dexterity, and precision. and soon discolour the water. But
HERE'S THE KING, THE PRESERVER OF FOXES,
A SONG, Suggested by the pleasing intelligence to all Fox-hunters, of His Majesty having ordered that Foxes should no longer be destroyed on the Royal domain.
Tune-" The King! God bless him!"
Huzza, boys! the Royal command has been given,
And foxes no more are to perish;
Since the King that brave sport deigns to cherish :
And heed not what Logic or Locke says;
“ Here's the King, the preserver of foxes !"
Ere reynard, the sly one, is started,
Or returning, when day is departed ;
They will prate not of horses and doxies,
Our good King, the preserver of foxes !
With the weight of the good things upon it,
And each man give his song or his sonnet ;
By the Joneses, the Greenwoods, or Coxes,
J. M. LACEY.
MEMORANDA CANTABRIGIENSIA.-No. III.
Rage for Hunting-Sir George Leeds's Hounds-Lichfield's, and Old Barnes-- The
Puckeridge Hounds_Mr. R. Gurney–The Oakley-East Essex and Thurlow-Mr Charles Newman.
SIR, THE passion for hunting, as Morning Chapel and Euclid await
may readily be supposed, is ing your « expergiscence" the so high at Cambridge, that no wea. next morning. The only hounds ther, distance, or other inconve- within moderate distance were nience, is allowed to put a stop to those of Sir George Leeds. When itsindulgence. I was going through Sir George gave them up, they Cambridge the year before last, on were continued and kept by some my road to a favorite scene of respectable farmers, and subscribed amusement to me, the Newmarket to by several of the neighbouring Coursing Meeting, when, during gentry: but the spirit had sadly my lounge through Jordan's sta- evaporated; and after seeing one bles, which I could not resist, a bit or two bad days' sport, I did not of pink rode into the yard upon a hunt again with them. Mr. Johack pretty well gruelled
seph Leeds, Sir George's son, was, “ Bloody with spurring, fiery hot with without exception, the most elespeed.”
gant horseman I ever saw in a He appeared like a workman, and field ; particularly quiet in his I asked John (who looked rather comet-like traek over a country ; blue at the horse's flanks) who he eyes and ears always on the qui was, and where he had been hunt- vive; and (as NIMROD says of ing? “Oh Lord, Sir,” says John, Mr. Loraine Smith)“ neatness “ he an't none of those as cares for itself from his hat to his spur." distance : why, Sir, that's Mr. L-, He had such a grey horse! but he and he went to meet Lord Fitz- valued him at a hat full of money, william to-day, five miles t'other or I (and several more) would not side Peterborough!"-N. B. some have sighed for him in vain. Mr. five-and-thirty miles or so! Earle was also a leading man with
I used to envy Oxford men in these hounds; and the top of his nothing but in their proximity to cap (in which he always rode) hounds. It is seedy work, bune might be taken as a pretty safe dling out of bed in the dark on a land-mark by any one who could raw morning in December for a not himself quite see the tail thirty-mile canter to Thrapstone hounds* Your readers will say, Bridge, Stanwick Pastures, or Well, but what were the hounds Raunds, with iny Lord Fitzwil- like? what was their blood ?” &c. liam ; or for Wadesmill, with the &c. &c. Gentle reader, I will Puckeridge; or for Olney, with the tell thee the truth :-Seven years Oakley: and still more seedy is ago, I did not meet hounds for the sensation of the return, with the sake of improvement in “ the
* A friend of mine says, “ There are three descriptions of men who go out hunting : the first see the hounds; the second see those who see the hounds; and the third see nothing at all." C'est vrai !