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fly, the flesh-fly, or wall-fly; or the dor or beetle, which you may find under cow-dung; or a bob, which you will find in the same place, and in time will be a beetle ; it is a short white worm, like to and bigger than a gentle; or a cod-worm; or a case-worm ; any of these will do very well to fish in such a manner.
And after this manner you may catch a Trout in a hot evening: when, as you walk by a brook, and shall see or hear him leap at flies, then, if you get a grasshopper, put it on your hook, with your line about two yards long ; standing behind a bush or tree where his hole is : and make your bait stir up and down on the top of the water.
you stand close, be sure of a bite, but not sure to catch him, for he is not a leather-mouthed fish. And after this manner you may fish for him with almost any kind of live fly, but especially with a grasshopper,
VENATOR. But before you go further, I pray, good master, what mean you by a leather-mouthed fish ?
PISCATOR, By a leather-mouthed fish, I mean such as have their teeth in their throat, as the Chub or Cheven; and so the Barbel, the Gudgeon, and Carp, and divers others have. And the hook being stuck into the leather, or skin, of the mouth of such fish, does very seldom or never lose its hold : but on the contrary, a Pike, a Perch, or Trout, and so some other fish, which have not their teeth in their throats, but in their mouths, which you shall observe to be very full of bones, and the skin very thin, and little of it. I say, of these fish the hook never takes so sure hold but you often lose your fish, unless he have gorged it.
VENATOR. I thank you, good master, for this observation, But now what shall be done with my Chub or Cheven that I have caught ?
PISCATOR. Marry, Sir, it shall be given away to some poor body; for I'll warrant you I'll give you a Trout for your supper : and it is a good beginning of your art to offer your first-fruits to the poor, who will both thank you and God for it, which I see
And now let's walk towards the water again, and as I go l'll tell you, when you catch yuur next Chub, how to dress it as this was.
Viator. Come, good Master, I long to be going and learn your directions.
Piscator. You must dress it, or see it dressed thus : When you have scaled him, wash him very clean, cut off his tail and fins; and wash him not after you gut him, but chine or cut him through the iniddle as a salt fiskı is cut, then give him four or five scotches with your knife, broil him upon wood, coal, or charcoal ; but as he is broiling. baste him often with butter that shall be choicely good; and put good store of salt into your butter, or salt him gently as you broil or baste him; and bruise or cut very small into your butter a little thyme, or some other sweet herb that is in the garden where you eat him ; thus used, it takes away the waterish taste which the Chub or Cheven has, and