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The following is the method of fly-fishing in use with excellent anglers. Your rod and tackle being ready, the wind in your favor down the river, draw out with your left hand a few yards of line from your reel, dip the top of your rod in the water, and with a rapid jerk you will lengthen as you wish that part you intend for throwing. A thirteenfoot wand will cast from six to seven fathoms of line. Always, if you can, angle from a distance. Trout see you when you least imagine, and skulk off without your notice. Noise they care little about : you may talk and stamp like a madman without frightening them; but give them a glimpse of your person, and they won't stay to take another. When you hook a trout, if you can, turn his head with the stream, and take him rapidly down. Thus you will exhaust him in the shortest time; whereas, by hauling him against the current, you allow him to swim freely in his natural direction, and also exert three times more strain upon your tackle than is needful. In playing a large fish, always keep opposite the head, and never allow your line to slacken for an instant; for if you do, be not surprised if it should come back to your hand again evidently without anything. In running them, use your legs as well as your line, but always keep the latter on the qui vive, letting it out somewhat charily, with the assistance of the hand, and taking every opportunity to wind it up again.”

Our “brother of the angle" has got a five-pounder at least, and, following the above instructions, will no doubt land him safely.





Those who have dipped into our old native Historians may recollect mention being occasionally made of the capercailzie, which usually was conspicuous in the extensive though rude entertainments of our ancestors, but is now personally unknown amongst us. The numbers of the capercailzie naturally decreased in Scotland with the native woods that gave them shelter, and I believe it is now about seventy years since the last native individual of the species ever seen in this country was shot in the neighbourhood of Inverness : but I am happy to state that ere long they will once more become a native of Scotland, as the Noble Lord of Brædalbane is now in the course of restoring them to the pine Forests of Brædalbane, and with every success. It will, however, be some time before this bird can become once more a stately sport among our national Nobility, and adorn the grandest of their feasts. Early in the Spring of last year (as you have already announced), Mr. Lloyd, Author of “ Field Sports of the North of Europe," sent direct from Sweden twenty-eight fine healthy birds, which arrived safe, and were placed in proper aviaries at Taymouth

Castle, when an incubation took place, and about thirty fine young birds were brought up, though not without great trouble and care; as I was told by Guthrie, the head keeper at Taymouth Castle, that they are very difficult to rear. Part of those brought up and part of the Swedish emigrants were turned out last Autumn in a large pine forest, north from the Castle, called Drummond Hill; and several broods of those so turned out have been seen this Summer. However, the Noble Lord has not stopped here, as he caused every grey hen's nest that was discovered this Spring in the neighbourhood of Taymouth to be robbed of her eggs, and the number filled up with the eggs of the capercailzie. Ninety-six eggs were disposed of in this way, which have produced FIFTY BIRDS ; and a few days ago Guthrie flushed a grey hen with a fine brood of seven birds. They have also at this time a quantity of fine thriving young birds bringing up by hand, which, in a few months, will be added to the number of those already liberated in the Forest of Brædalbane, and thus eventually to stock with the finest of feathered game the noblest of Scottish Forests.

Taymouth is well worthy of a visit from any Sportsman; and the truly Noble Owner of that princely domain is a real Sportsman in every sense of the word. Game of all kinds abounds upon his extensive grounds. My pen could afford but a very inadequate idea of the extensive improvements at present in progress by the persevering energy of this patriotic Nobleman. To form a true estimate of the nature and extent of his plantations, it would be necessary to inspect the mag. nificent forests with which the previously desert and dreary ranges of the valleys of the Tay have been clothed. The example which he sets is likewise evidenced by the woody and sylvan appearance of many a mountain top and dusky glen in all parts of the country.

Now for a word as to the prospects of the grouse season ; and I am happy to state that they will be a very plentiful crop, of which I have had ocular demonstration. " Seeing is believing ;" but they are not, as the local newspapers would make you believe, strong upon the wing, as I found a great many young broods. Three weeks, however, will add greatly to their strength. I was determined to pocket your Correspondent CHRISTOPHER Sly's hints as to leaving a fellow's dogs in the kennel till the eleventh hour; and within these last eight days have hunted upwards of fifty miles of the Grampians, and with dogs that can pick up a brood of grouse as well as many of their fellows. By what I saw, the approaching grouse season will be one of the best we have had for many a year; and wishing all true Sportsmen a safe journey to the mountains, with good weather, good dogs—a great consideration-strong powder, and a straight aim, Perth, July 21, 1839.

I am, &c.


In addition to this communication, our valued Correspondent QUARTOGENARIAN thus writes :-“ The season for grouse will be one of the best known for many years—perhaps not better than the last : I think it will. Every breeding season differs. I never saw one selfand-same in all points, and there was hardly a bad one in this : for,

though cold, it was not severe, and it was dry; and rain came gently, just as it should come. Since, the strong winds and stirring showers have kept the birds on the move, not too much so, and in somewhat prepared them for work. The hills are mostly occupied, and few changes since my last notice.”


The great popularity of the Liverpool and Goodwood Meetings, and the superior inducements, in the magic shape of “public money," held out to those who run horses of all ages and denominations, had a marked effect upon the July Newmarket Meeting, a Meeting in times of yore of paramount interest to those who are what are termed “ book-makers" on the Derby and Oaks, as it used to bring out many a crack favorite. Alas ! those days are over, and the Meeting under notice was dull, dull even to the very echo. It is true that the July Stakes caused some little excitement, from a sort of " mysterious uncertainty" as to whether Crucifix (the favorite) would or not start; nor was the doubt settled until a short time before the race came off, when her Noble Owner declared that she would, and followed it up by backing her freely, first at evens and afterwards at odds against the Field-a pretty good proof that she had been well tried...... But I anticipate.

As I got to Newmarket early on Monday morning, I devoted the day to visiting several of the principal Racing Establishments, taking notes on the most promising two-year-olds engaged in the Derby and Oaks 1840, which said notes I shall give for the benefit of the nonfrequenters of Newmarket. Lord Jersey's two Derby colts are splendid animals, particularly Muley Ishmael, who has lots of admirers at 20 to 1. Glenorchy, from being out of Cobweb, stands at five points less in the betting, yet many good judges prefer the non-favorite. Pettit has a fine lot of two-year-old fillies : the pet of the lot is a chesnut and a Sister to Mango, Morella, &c., a right good sort to run on. Stevenson is tolerably strong this season in youngsters, and Currency's running has gained her many friends for the Oaks. Joe Rogers has a very racing-like Derby colt called Reindeer, by Vanish out of Fawn, the property of Samuel Worrall, Esq. This colt is engaged in the Clearwell and Criterion Stakes in the October Meeting, and the Derby and Leger 1840. He ought not to be lost sight of by the backers of horses. - But to the three days' sport.

Tuesday, July 9.-The company on the Heath was far, very far from being numerous, but most of the “ regulars were in attendance. The weather was stormy, with a “ stiff wind,” to the annoyance of the spectators as well as speculators : n'importe ! the racing upon the whole was quite as good as could be expected.

The first race was a Handicap of 10 sovs. each, for three-year-olds, New T. Y. C.-Six subs.—which All-fours, 8st. 7tt., won by a length, beating Condor, 7st. 416. ; Egotist, 7st. 91b.; filly by Reveller out of Amima, 7st.; Minima, 8st. 71b.; and Mr. Goddard's Shortwaist colt,

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