Un­der­stand­able omis­sion

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Letters -

Be­ing a North Coun­try­man, I al­ways en­joy Chris Mc­cully’s ar­ti­cles. How­ever, as some fel­low an­gling his­to­ri­ans of my ac­quain­tance will con­firm, I am ob­ses­sive when it comes to accuracy, there­fore I must put Chris “straight” on his com­ment that Ripon au­thor Michael Theak­ston did not men­tion two of the reser­voirs, Few­ston and Swin­sty, which are in­cluded in Chris’s ar­ti­cle. Theak­ston’s book was first pub­lished in 1853 and reprinted with the new ti­tle Bri­tish An­gling Flies in 1862. Michael, who was land­lord of The Crown pub­lic house, died in Ripon in June 1866 and so was long gone be­fore the reser­voirs were con­structed. As Chris states, Fran­cis Wal­bran brought out an an­no­tated edi­tion of Theak­ston’s book in 1883 and a fur­ther edi­tion in 1888. John Austin, Durham

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