Walton did not profess to be an expert with a fishing fly; the fly fishing in his first edition was contributed by Thomas Barker, a retired cook and , who produced a of his own in 1659; but in the use of the live , the and the "Piscator" himself could speak as a master. The famous passage about the frog, often misquoted as being about the worm—"use him as though you loved him, that is, harm him as little as you may possibly, that he may live the longer"—appears in the original edition. Cotton's additions completed the instruction in fly fishing and advised on the making of where he listed sixty five varieties.
In season, they cover everything in sight in thick layers: doors, streets, lamp posts, buildings, houses, mailboxes, etc. It’s the 6th Great Lake – Lake St. Clair – . The buildings along Lakeshore Drive will be littered with these things for days. The entire city of St. Clair Shores is a fish fly nest. If you stand in one place too long, they will cover you like a blanket. They’re gross, they smell like dead fish, and they pop (!) as you step on them or ride your bike down the street. Walking on a sheet of them is like walking on ice – you go flying! The typical fish fly season is 3-6 weeks long. A local, lakeside town – New Baltimore – even has a fish fly festival. :
If you live in certain lakeside communities off of Lake St. Clair, as I do and always have, then you have experienced the hellish nightmare of fish fly season.
Once hooked, a small trout can be easily retrieved "on the reel" or by simply pulling in the fly line with the reel hand while pinching the line between the rod handle and the index finger of the rod hand. It is important to keep the rod tip high, allowing the bend of the rod to absorb the force of the fish's struggles against the line. Larger trout will often take line in powerful runs before they can be landed. Unlike spin fishing where the line is already on the reel, playing a large fish with fly line and a fly reel can present a special challenge. Usually, when a fish is hooked, there will be extra fly line coiled between the reel and the index finger of the rod hand. The challenge is to reel up the loose fly line onto the reel without breaking off a large fish (or getting the line wrapped up around the rod handle, one's foot, a stick or anything else in the way). With experience, really large trout can be put on the reel simply by applying light pressure on the outgoing line using the fisher's fingers. Once the extra line is on the reel, an angler can use the reel's drag system to tire the fish. It is important to use heavier tippet material if it won't spook the fish. The reason why this is important is an exhausted fish can easily die if released too soon. Heavier tippet material enables the angler to land the fish while not over exhausting it.