Angling Echoes January 2018
TROUT-FISHING IN THE RANGELEY LAKES (1877)
This exceptionally important 10,000 word essay by Edward Seymour is one of the most important works on nineteenth century fly fishing ever written. It introduced the American reading public to the incredible fishing in Maine. The article is reproduced with the original 24 images.
GUDGEON’S VISIT TO THE FISHING BANKS (1858)
This eight panel cartoon is a humorous depiction of saltwater fishing on a party boat and is one of the earliest depictions of this style of fishing in history.
HOW FISHING-LINES ARE MADE (1880)
This is a very rare description of how fishing lines were made in the 1870s written by a reporter who toured Captain Henry Hall’s line works in Highland Mills, New York. It explains in great detail the minute detail on how fishing line was made, from the “line walk” to the braiding of Cuttyhunk line.
FLY FISHING ON LARGE AND SMALL TROUT STREAMS (1897)
This classic article, by American Angler editor William C. Harris, is perhaps this famous editor’s most esteemed piece of writing. It is a charming description of how to fly fish streams. A charming piece. Includes both original images.
LADY ANNESLEY, GREAT ANGLER (1898)
This lost profile written by a correspondent to the St. Paul Globe is a great example of the kind of literature that has been lost to history. A charming depiction of this angling British aristocrat, it’s a fascinating article that likely introduced the subject to Americans for the first time. Includes an original image.
SEASON OF ICE FISHiNG (1900)
This great article on ice fishing by the famous Emerson Hough — noted novelist and editor — gives as good a description of fishing through the ice as you are likely to find. Buried in the lost pages of a Chicago newspaper, it describes both ice fishing and ice spearing as it was conducted at the time. Beautifully written, it’s a great example of why Hough was one of the finest outdoor writers of his generation.
THE BIG ONE UNDER THE BRIDGE (1911)
This is not your typical fishing story. Written by the 2nd place prize winner in the 1911 Field & Stream, it’s a classic big fish tale and a good one at that. Includes one original image.
ARTIFICIAL MINNOWS (1920)
Dixie Carroll was one of the most popular fishing writers of his era, writing in the vernacular of the people and getting a syndicated fishing column before just about anyone else. This article on artificial minnows was written only two years before his untimely death at the age of just 39. Includes two original images.
THE FATHER OF AMERICAN FISH CULTURE (1917)
This detailed profile of Seth Green, the legendary pisciculturist and angler, comes from the American Angler. It is a great history of this fascinating figure, tracing his career from unlikely origins to his place as the most important figure in fish propagation in American history. Includes four original images.
BLACK BASS CHATS: WHY DO BASS STRIKE AT ARTIFICIAL BAITS? (1920)
This article written by the incomparable Will. H. Dilg — founder of the Izaak Walton League — is a great example of the kind of writing that made him beloved by the reading public (and also hated by some of his colleagues). It’s a classic piece of black bass literature. Includes original image.
FISHING THE MIKADO’S STREAMS by Shegetaro Morikubo (1921)
A really interesting piece by a forgotten outdoor writer, the Japanese-born American citizen Shegetaro Morikubo. The son of a famous Japanese parliamentarian, he came to America and trained as a chiropractor. He was also a very good fishing writer, and this description of the styles of trout fishing in Japan is unique and fascinating. Includes original image.
THE FROSTFISH AND THE DRY FLY (1921)
This article by the iconoclast Edward T. Whiffen — poet, playwright, rod maker — is exemplary of the strange subject matter this forgotten writer regularly tackled. Whiffen describes fly fishing for Adirondack Fly Fish (the Round Whitefish) in clearly the first article of its kind arguing for this as a sport fish. It’s a clever and interesting article. Includes two original images.
ON DRY FLIES (1934)
This great article by a 22-year old Larry Koller showed that even early on, he was an outstanding angler and skilled writer. This piece came at the beginning of his career, and shows all the signs that made him a legend among Catskill fly tiers.
THE BIG FISH THAT GOT US AT SOMBRERO LIGHT KEY (1937)
This neat saltwater article was penned by Bill DeWitt, noted tackle maker and owner of Bill DeWitt’s Baits, a division of his Shoe Form Company of Auburn, New York. Published in a trade journal, it’s an obscure piece that describes well fishing in the Floria Keys. Includes two original images.
LEROY WARD: THE CHAMP! (1948)
A one page artistic pictorial of LeRoy Ward, a teenage ace angler who caught a 750-pound marlin.