[ Angler and Flyfisherman, Austin Ridsdale of Mickley and Masham, Yorkshire; Manuscript. ] Autograph Notebook, filled with seasonal directions for making Wet Flies for Fishing (some invented by Ridsdale himself), with diagrams and illustrations.

Austin Ridsdale [ Austin Cuthbert Ridsdale ] (d.1983) of Mickley and Aldburgh, Masham, near Ripon, Yorkshire, angler and fly-fisherman
Publication details: 
Contained in a 'Boots Home Diary and Ladies' Note Book' for 1931. [ 1930s to circa 1950s. ]
SKU: 20446

Entries are written haphazardly at different times, on around 140pp. of a 12mo Boots 'Home Diary for 1931'. The volume is worn and shaken: a clear testimony to many years of field use. At the start the owner is named as 'Austin Ridsdale' of 'Mickley Ripon, Yorks'. This would appear to be an early address. A loosely-inserted envelope with a 1947 postmark is addressed to 'Mr & Mrs A Ridsdale | Aldburgh | Masham | Ripon'. The handwriting, workmanlike at best, varies from entry to entry. The volume constitutes a repository of a countryman's knowledge in the field of fly-fishing. A typical entry reads: 'Datterel Dun, | Body, Brown Fur from Hares Face, Orange or Primrose Silk | Legs, Feather from inside old cock starlings wing | Fished wet in shallow streams. | May to end of Season | Good.' Another reads: 'Theaksons Flys for River Yore | Needle Brown ¼ of inch. | Body, yellow Silk, with a little Moles Fur from inside of Snipes Wing | Early Spring & Autumn'. Another reads: 'Woodcock & Hares Ear | Body-dubbed with Grey part of hares ear picked out with needle to form legs. | Tail, two strands of Mallard wing | Wings inside Woodcock using feather | Fills best April & May.' One created by the compiler reads: 'Ridsdale's Pale Blue Dun | Hackle, Pale Blue | Body, Light yellow Silk well waxed wrapped over with Herons herb. | Tail Light Blue whisks of Herons feather.' And another page carries two: 'Ridsdales Gem. | Hackle Grey dark centre | Body Red Silk, wrapped with Turkey herb, red and of body. | Tail Medium Olive, | Ridsdales Red Spinner | Hackle Red, Wings Red, Body Red, Tail Ginger.' The volume contains a number of diagrams of flies. Loosely inserted throughout the volume are threads and feathers for flies. Also present is a page describing 'How to make an Oilskin' ('Good for dressing old fishing lines'), and another page, with diagram, on 'Thigh Waders from Gum Boots'. There is also a page of five 'SIGNS OF RAIN', including: 'A chaffinch repeating its call foretells rain.'