'I envy no body but him, and him only, that catches more fish than I do.'
A unique celebration of the English countryside and the most famous book on angling ever published, Walton'sCompleat Angler first appeared in 1653. In 1676, at Walton's invitation, his friend Charles Cotton contributed his pioneering exploration of fly-fishing. The book is both a manual of instruction and a vision of society in harmony with nature. It guides the novice fisherman on how to catch and cook a variety of fish, on how to select and prepare the best bait and make artificial flies, and on the habits of freshwater fish. It also promotes angling as a communal activity in which the bonds of friendship are forged through shared experience of the natural world.
Anecdotes, poetry, music, and song intersperse the rural descriptions, which promote conservation as well as sport. This new edition highlights the book's continuing relevance to our relationship with the environment, and explores the turbulent history from which it came.
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`'infused throughout with good fun and good sense''
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`'a fascinating snapshot of 17th-century England...far more of a page turner than I ever dared hope''
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Note on the Text
A Chronology of Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton
THE COMPLEAT ANGLER, PART I, by Izaak Walton
THE COMPLEAT ANGLER, Part II, by Charles Cotton
Glossary of Angling Terms