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PART 1

INTRODUCTORY

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ISHERMEN are lucky folk in these days.

Their standard is not a money standard. They envy not, as a master of their art once said, those who wear better clothes than they do, or those who have better food or bigger houses; they envy him, and him only, who catches more fish than they do. Really keen fishermen are seldom rich. For myself, I pity affluent youths, with a love of fishing in their souls, who catch their first trout before they are ten, their first salmon in their early 'teens, and their first big trout with a dry-fly—the most difficult feat of all-before they are twenty. Success has come to them too young, and its joy depends so much upon the work that leads up to it, the infinite labour, the many blank days, the moments of despair, and all the difficulties to be overcome. I once knew a very wealthy man who had kept his sense of proportion true and well-balanced. He under

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