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Trout Flies of Devon and Cornwall, and When and How to Use Them

by

G. W. Soltau, Esq.

London: Longman & Co., Printer: Edward Nettleton, Plymouth (1847), illus., 100 pp.

Prepared by Michael Steer

Fly-fishing in the Westcountry has a lengthy history. The requisite skills continued to develop in the 19th Century with the emergence of fly fishing clubs, together with the appearance of several books, such as this one, on the subject of fly tying and fly fishing techniques. In Devon and Cornwall, dry-fly fishing acquired an elitist reputation as the only acceptable method of fishing the clearer rivers of the south such as the Exe, Torridge, Mole and Teign. The weeds found in these rivers tend to grow close to the surface, and it was felt necessary to develop new techniques that would keep the fly and the line on the surface of the stream. These techniques became the foundation of all later dry-fly developments. This rare and much sought-after book was produced digitally from a copy in the Harvard University Library collection and can be downloaded from Google Books. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

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Alfred, Mr W H 40
Birch, Dr 16
Bramah 14
Burns, Robert 16
Chantry 17
Chevalier, Mr Ben 40
Davy, Sir Humphrey 16, 25, 28, 31, 57, 97
Dormer, Dr George 91
Drake, Mr 92
Elian 17
Evelyn 22
Faber 90
Fairford, Allan 74
Fish, Mrs 92
Fleming, Dr 91
George IV 14
Gresham, Sir Thomas 23
Groves, Mr 97
Hamilton, Rev William 66
Hawkins, Dr William 24
Hearder, Mr J N 41
Heysham, Dr 90
Hogg 16
Home, Lord 54, 68-9, 97
Jardine, Sir William 55, 77, 90
Jenkins, Henry 12
Kentigern, Saint 75-6
Lascelles, Mr 97
Latimer, Darsie 74
Le Comte 7
Mackenzie, Henry 13
Marshall, Mr G 98
Montague, Earl of 68
Morrison, Mr 91
Mossop, Mr William 62
Mudie, Mr 97
Neil, Mr 55
Nelson, Horatio 15
Nowell, Dr 12
Oliver, Steven 61-2
Paley, Dr 16
Parker, Sir Hyde 97
Pennant 97-8
Pinkerton 22
Powell, Mrs 62
Sanderson, Dr Robert 23
Scrope, Mr 25, 32, 34, 77
Shaw, Mr 25, 77, 84, 86
Spotswood 75
Stoddart, Mr 60
Tankerville, Lord 68-9
Walton, Isaac 18, 22, 24, 97-8
Wilson, Professor 16
Wollaston, Dr 16
Wood 24
Worde, Wynkyn de 18
Wordsworth 16
Yarrell, Mr 80

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