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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1906. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI CONCERNING ROACH Roach and roach fishing--Autumn roach on many rivers--Good fish and good bags--Baits for roach--Different methods of fishing for roach--Good waters for roach--The methods of the experts--Fishing in a heavy flood--A Bank Holiday bag. YPRINUS RUTILUS" is the most popular and the most sought after fish in the whole range of the bottom fisher's quarries. Thousands of men never go for anything else, and if they happen to hook a specimen of another species they are woefully disappointed. Some of these roach men put me in mind of my old friend Nottingham Bailey, who once got an invitation for a day on a first-class grayling stream, in which were also a few fine trout. It was September, a lovely stream with a tinge of colour was running, and the proprietor of the water went with him to see the sport. The two first fish that Bailey hooked were trout, which he carefully returned to the stream. The owner of the water protested, telling the angler that he could have a brace or two of those fish if he liked, and that they were worth more than any grayling he was likely to catch that day. "Sir," said that noted fisherman, "I have come here to-day after asking permission for grayling fishing, and I don't thank anything else to get on my hook." There are many roach fishermen who also don't thank anything else to get on their hooks, looking on a stray chub, or a bream, or a perch as an intruder, if they happen to get hold of one. Roach are plentiful and widely distributed, waters containing them being found everywhere: pond or lake, river, stream, or canal, all contain roach in more or less abundance, and they range in size from the three-ounce fish of a wayside pond or a sluggish canal, to the three and the three and a quarter pounders of the Hampsh...
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