The Language of Fly-Fishing

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Taylor & Francis, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 280 pages
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Fly-fishing has one of the longest recorded histories of any pastime and one of the most extensive literatures. Within that written history is a unique and well-developed lexicon, consisting not only of words concerned with fish (grilse, kelt, mort) and fishing techniques (dapping, dibbling, trolling) but also of terms that reflect the way fly-fishermen have spoken and thought about the discoveries and landscapes inherited by rod and line. Included here, therefore, are words about lakes and rivers, about flies and fly-life, and about technical controversies and inventions. There is also generous illustrative quotation from the pastime's magnificent literature, from the 15th century Treatise of Fishing with an Angle down to works of the present day. Important and unusual dialect words, and phrases that have passed from specialist use into wider currency, are also included.
The emphasis throughout The Language of Fly Fishing is on the relationship between fly-fishing's language and fly-fishing's history. From "ant" to "wet-fly", from "action" to "whitling", this lexicon offers both curiosities and rewards.
  

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
7
Section 3
9
Section 4
13
Section 5
20
Section 6
35
Section 7
52
Section 8
67
Section 14
115
Section 15
125
Section 16
138
Section 17
154
Section 18
159
Section 19
174
Section 20
176
Section 21
193

Section 9
72
Section 10
83
Section 11
93
Section 12
107
Section 13
108
Section 22
233
Section 23
250
Section 24
252
Section 25
254
Section 26
273

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About the author (2000)

McCully is an academic and writer. His linguistic work, poems and criticism have appeared in journals world-wide. He and always will be an alcoholic, and today he is in recovery. He goes fishing as often as possible.

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