The Song of the Reel (Classic Reprint)

C. A. Stevenson

Excerpt from The Song of the Reel

Hark to the music of the reel!
We listen with devotion;
There's something in that circling wheel
That stirs the heart's emotion!

Songs and Ballads of Sport.

What exquisite thrills the harsh battle-song of the reel sends through the frame of the angler! Every nerve becomes tense, every muscle tightens, at the sound of the shrill, discordant music. It rings with a note of coming triumph, and of the realised joy of strife: the angler has overcome all preliminary difficulties, and at last is at grips with his fish! One of the supreme moments of an angler's day has come to him - a moment of "glorious life."

But, speaking metaphorically, the song of the reel is not merely a song of death. It sounds also a far finer note, a note more subtle, more intense - an elfin symphony - a song of the poetry and wondrous romance of the rod.

On the banks of one of the swift and beautiful streams of Exmoor, the writer once met a man of the district, who solemnly imparted the fact that he considered fishing dreadfully slow unless he was catching fish continually. "I wait until the rain has replenished and clouded the streams," said he, "then, using worm, I have some rare sport, frequently filling my basket with forest fish."

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