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Title: Salmon and trout
Year: 1904 (1900s)
Authors: Sage, Dean, 1841-1902 Townsend, Charles Haskins, 1859-1944 Smith, Hugh M. (Hugh McCormick), 1865-1941 Harris, William Charles, 1830-1905
Subjects: Salmon fishing Trout fishing
Publisher: New York : Macmillan
Contributing Library: Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library
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l,with the general intention of swallowing them.That he sometimes carries out this intention Ithoroughly believe, both from having taken severalwhich had the fly far down toward the stomachand from the following incidents in my knowl-edge. In 1886, late in August, two Indians of myacquaintance came down the Metapedia River andstopped at the large pool at the mouth to fish fortrout, which gather there in great numbers late inthe season. The canoe was anchored, and thebait, consisting of a chunk of raw beef put on alarge hook attached to a string line, and a short,stiff pole cut in the woods, thrown overboard.Before it had sunk a yard and a half in the clearwater the Indian in charge saw a large fish comefrom the bottom and seize it. Recognizing it fora salmon at once, he gave a mighty jerk, thenpassed the rod back to his companion, caught theline in both hands, and before the astonished fishhad a chance to turn he was hauled into the canoeand on his way down the river to the sea whence
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< O gH o <r Q H -< XH History and Habits 23 he had come. The salmon was about seventeenpounds weight, and his dark color showed hehad been for some time in fresh water. A brightsalmon was taken a year after this by an Indianfishing for trout with bait just above the tide headin the Restigouche. A young friend of minetook a salmon with a fly on the Upsalquitch,which had in his stomach a small mass of angle-worms. Any one angling in rivers that are nettedat the mouth must have noticed that the fishwhich have been in the nets and escaped will takethe fly much quicker than their unscathed com-panions. May it not be that as the wounded fishreach the stage of convalescence their appetite re-vives, and the needs of their systems, to make upfor the waste caused by their injuries, excite themto extraordinary exertions to appease it ? Many instances have been known of fish takingthe fly when so badly hurt as to make it seemalmost incredible that they should want to move.I took one whic
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