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J. Arthur Hutton Angling Notebooks


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English angler James Arthur Hutton (1862-1955) was a very prominent Manchester fisherman, best remembered for his numerous fishing books published from 1916 to 1933, including Rod Fishing for Salmon on the Wye (1920) and The Life History of the Salmon (1924).

This collection includes two handwritten, bound notebooks or scrapbooks kept by noted English angler, J. Arthur Hutton. The first, dating from 1886 to 1891, primarily consists of a series of essays read before the Manchester Anglers' Association, one of the oldest game fishing clubs in England founded in 1878; the second, dating from January to July 1886, primarily consists of monthly entries of descriptions of fishing flies; some include actual flies tipped in.

Purchase, 2017 (AM 2018-2).

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This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in August 2017. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in August 2017.

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Collection Inventory

Notebook of Essays, 1886-1891. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Handwritten journal spanning 269 pages (some of which are blank) that primarily includes a series of essays read before The Manchester Anglers' Association: "Fishing in Derbyshire" (1886) with a map and illustration by the author along with a contemporary newspaper review of the talk with letters to the editor; "The Dove" (1887); "Grayling Fishing" (1887); "Water Flies" (1888), written for the Manchester Anglers' Notebook, with 3 printed color plates of flies; "Manchester Anglers' Notebook," a suggested preface which was not adopted; "Northern Angler's Conference," a speech to move a resolution in favour of better protection of grayling (Leeds November 17, 1888); "Angling Writers on the Distribution of Grayling" (1888); "500 Miles in Norway" (1888), in which Hutton recounts a fishing trip (56 pages); and "A Plea for the Grayling," the opening of a discussion on the advisability of introducing Grayling into the Ribble at Horton (1891).

Also included, in Hutton's hand, is Extracts from A Revisional Monograph of Recent Ephimeridae or Mayflies by Rev. A. E. Eaton M.A. Linnean Society Transactions 2nd Series Volume III Zoology, Longmans Green (1888) with 16 tipped-in illustrations (72 pages).

Physical Description

1 folder

Fishing Scrapbook, 1886. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

A monthly (January-July 1886) scrapbook of 55 handmade fishing flies (actual flies tipped in) with handwritten descriptions. Also included is a handwritten treatise of fly-tying with accompanying drawings by the author; and fishing ephemera, including clippings, cards (including a double-page card titled "Derbyshire Flies" and two of Hutton's membership cards for Ribble Angling Association (1884) and Birdsgrove Fly Fishing Club (1885)), letters, and flies.

Physical Description

1 folder

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