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Old 01-20-2005, 09:13 PM
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Is it true that the first book on fly fishing was written by a Nunn?

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As you might imagine, there is disagreement about who actually authored the first book on fly fishing. It was an essay called "The Treatise of Fishing with an Angle" which stood for 200 years as the Bible of fishing, published in 1496 in England in the 2nd Book of St. Albans but was written about 1420. Yale University has the only manuscript which was scribed about 1450.

Dame Juliana Berners, a nobel lady and nun from Sopwell was attributed as the treatise author in the book but today, many so called experts contest this and say she never existed. To me it is rediculous to argue something that since we cannot find genealogical evidence that she was not the author. What's the purpose? Her father could have written it for her as far as I am concerned. Never the less, it is an outstanding piece of literature since nothing had been written before.
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