Fly Fishing in Salt & Fresh Water. With Six Plates, representing artificial Flies, etc. [Handcoloured]. [With a special chapter on Flyfishing in Connemara – Fly-Fishing Lough Ina, near Clifden, in Bertraghboy Bay, at the Skyard Rocks, at Deer Island and off the Isle of Mweenish and the Isle of Arran].
First and only edition. London, John van Voorst, 1851. Octavo. VIII, 74, (1) pages plus VI plates (including the frontispiece) of which V plates are beautifully handcoloured. Hardcover / Original publisher’s blindstamped cloth. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. With some fraying to two pages. Unbelievably rare edition with the excellent handcoloured plates in fresh colours and overall excellent condition.
The first book published on salt water Fly fishing !!
With a special sketch on page 9 of the chapter that deals with Salmon. The sketch highlights the best fishery at Lough Ina, mentioning: “The Salmon are so numerous here, that i feel convinced that if the Fishery were preserved, it would afford the very best salmon-fishing in Europe” / The detailed accounts of fishing in Connemara are wonderful in this rather unknown and scarce publication: “In Ballynahinch Lake there is room for five boats, three good salmon stands from the shore and numerous stands for white trout from the shore” /
With a special Appendix dealing with: Wax / Varnish for the Heads of the Flies / Fly-making Vices / To stain Feathers / The Phryganeae / The Ephemerae / To preserve Feathers from the Moth / Silk, Silk Lines and Gut / To preserve Silk Salmon-Lines / Loch Maree, Ross-shire / How to make a Landing-net from a square piece / Dogs rolling in the Dirt / Dies for staining Hackles for the Legs of Dun Flies / Connemara / To stain Gray Mallard Feathers for the Wings of the May-Fly / Sea-Fishing on the West Coast of Ireland / Isle of Arran / The Herring a good Sea-bait / Coast of Connemara / Mackerel-Fishing off the West Coast of Ireland / Fish Pudding / Angling in America / Nova Scotia /