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The Compleat Angler

Izaak Walton (1593-1683)

1. 00 - Dedication
2. 01 - Chapter 1 Part I: The First Day
3. 02 - Chapter 1 Part II: The First Day
4. 03 - Chapter 2 - The Second Day: On the Otter and the Chub
5. 04 - Chapter 3 - The Third Day: How to Fish for and to Dress the Chavender or Chub
6. 05 - Chapter 4 - The Third Day continued: On the Nature and Breeding of the Trout
7. 06 - Chapter 5 Part I - The Third Day continued: On the Trout
8. 07 - Chapter 5 Part II - The Third Day continued: On the Trout
9. 08 - Chapter 6 - The Fourth Day continued: The Umber or Grayling
10. 09 - Chapter 7 - The Fourth Day continued: The Salmon
11. 10 - Chapter 8 - The Fourth Day continued: The Luce or Pike
12. 11 - Chapter 9 - The Fourth Day continued: On the Carp
13. 12 - Chapter 10 - The Fourth Day continued: On the Bream
14. 13 - Chapters 11 to 13 - The Fourth Day continued: On the Tench, the Perch and the Eel
15. 14 - Chapter 14 - The Fourth Day continued: Of the Barbel
16. 15 - Chapter 15 - The Fourth Day continued: Of the Gudgeon, the Ruffe and the Bleak
17. 16 - Chapter 16 - The Fourth Day continued: Is of Nothing, or, of Nothing Worth
18. 17 - Chapter 17 - The Fifth Day continued: Of Roach and Dace
19. 18 - Chapter 18 - The Fifth Day continued: Of the Minnow or Penk etc
20. 19 - Chapter 19 - The Fifth Day continued: Of Rivers, and Some Observations of Fish
21. 20 - Chapter 20 - The Fifth Day continued: Of Fishponds
22. 21 - Chapter 21 - The Fifth Day continued

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Summary

The Compleat Angler is a celebration of the art and spirit of fishing in prose and verse. Walton did not profess to be an expert with the fly, but in the use of the live worm, the grasshopper and the frog "Piscator" could speak as a master. There were originally only two interlocutors in the opening scene, "Piscator" and "Viator"; but in the second edition, as if in answer to an objection that "Piscator" had it too much in his own way in praise of angling, he introduced the falconer, "Auceps," changed "Viator" into "Venator" and made the new companions each dilate on the joys of his favourite sport.