WALBRAN, Francis M. Grayling and How to Catch Them
Scarborough, The Angler Co. Ltd., 1895.
Small 8vo. Original green cloth, gilt title; pp. xvi, 142; past ownership inscription to ffep, a very good copy.
First Edition. A collection of advice and anecdotes concerning catching grayling (Thymallus thymallus), a freshwater fish in the Salmon family. Historically, grayling have been much maligned by anglers, who believed that the fish stopped trout colonizing the rivers they inhabited, but research by the Grayling Research Trust has since thrown this into doubt. This book is unusual for the time in its positive approach to the grayling as a sport - there is some implication in the text that many anglers perhaps found the grayling to be a fickle and hard to land target for their affections. The grayling is now a protected species under the Bern convention.