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Relating to aquatic insects: becoming English fly fishers


Franklin, A, Relating to aquatic insects: becoming English fly fishers, Management of Insects in Recreation and Tourism, Cambridge University Press, Raynald Harvey Lemelin (ed), Cambridge, pp. 123-137. ISBN 9781107012882 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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In this chapter I analyse why and how, through the development of a fly-fishing recreation culture, English anglers have developed a deep association with, and understanding of, the aquatic insects that provide the focus of their enthusiasm. Today, that understanding combined with the substantial economy of recreational fly-fishing and its socially powerful 'disciples' means that the environmental needs of the insects figure in the conservation and management of fisheries just as much as the needs of the trout themselves. This extraordinarily intense association with insects that mainstream society eschews (but which spread rapidly to the United States, Canada, Australia, Chile, Scandinavia and to Japan) is extremely unusual and unique so its development is all the more important to understand (see Franklin 1996; 2002). This essay develops a textual analysis of the history of this association with insects and the nexus with trout through a reading of the rich literature of fly-fishing, beginning in the medieval period and stretching through to the contemporary period. It can be seen that although it has the appearance of an ancient practice, its essential properties and knowledge are actually a very recent development and relate more to modern than traditional practices with nature.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Franklin, A (Professor Adrian Franklin)
ID Code:83301
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2013-03-07
Last Modified:2017-12-14
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