“I May, Without Vanity…”

In my time in flyfishing, the sport has never suffered from a lack of egos. And judging from the preface page of The Gentleman Angler, in all likelihood it never has. The publication date of Angler is 1726.

But it’s also worth considering that maybe the author was simply stating the truth. After all, there aren’t that many “treatises upon angling” that predate this particular one…