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An Open Creel

Nature volume 85, page 102 (24 November 1910) | Download Citation



MR. SHERINGHAM'S contributions to angling literature are always welcome, and we are glad to find that he has published in book form—or, more accurately, has worked up with other materials into a book—some of his contributions to The Field. No one need hesitate to look, into the “Open Creel”; they will find plenty of fish, some hundredweight and a half of trout, nearly as heavy a bag of salmon, and chub, pike, and bream by the stone. In the preface we are promised that we shall find no plethora of fish in the succeeding essays, and Mr. Sheringham would not have himself regarded as an over-successful angler; to the ordinary reader he certainly seems successful beyond the wont of fisherman, but success in angling, as in other walks of life, is seldom undeserved, and it is with interest that we look for its explanation in our author's own account of his adventures. This is to be found, we venture to think, in his persistency, and his advice to others is to persevere; he who would come home with a heavy basket must needs set forth “with patience and perseverance and a bottle of sweet oil,” as the snail went to Jerusalem. Yet it was his oil bottle that so tried Mr. Sheringham's patience that it came within a little of ending an honourable career in the Coin at Bibury.

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