ecause the salmon is the most stately fish that any one can angle for in fresh water. Therefore I intend to begin with him. The salmon is a noble fish, but he is difficult to catch. For commonly he lies only in deep places of great rivers.
And for the most part he keeps to the middle of the water: that a man cannot come at him. And he is in season from March until Michaelmas.
In which season you should angle for him with these baits when you can get them. First, with a red worm in the beginning and end of the season.
And also with a grub that grows in a dunghill. And especially with an excellent bait that grows on a water dock.
And he doesn't bite at the bottom but at the float.
Also you may take him: but it is seldom seen with a dubbed hook at such times as he leaps, in the same style and manner as you catch a trout or a grayling.
And these baits are well proven baits for the salmon.
The trout, because he is a right dainty fish and also a right fervent biter, we shall speak of next. He is in season from March until Michaelmas. He is on clean gravel bottom and in a stream.
You can angle for him at all times with a lying or running ground-line: except in leaping time and then with a dubbed hook; and early with a running ground-line, and later in the day with a float line.
You shall angle for him in March with a minnow hung on your hook by the lower nose, without float or sinker: drawing it up and down in the stream till you feel him take. In the same time, angle for him with a ground-line with an red worm as the most sure.