New Discovery of Early Fishing Text by Monk

Word has been circulating of an early angling text discovered by Maggs Bros. Ltd. of London. The text takes the form of notes bound in the back of a prayer book belonging to a Benedictine monk in Austria. The notes possibly date to 1450’s or 1460’s. The purpose of the notes are not clear, but they contain information on artificial flies and fishing. If the attributed dates are correct, the notes predate “The Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle.”

As mentioned in the Game Fisher’s Diary episode below, the notes are similar to the text identified as Tegernseer Angel- und Fishbucklein, dating to approximately 1500. This latter text was probably created as a guide to fishers employed by Benedictine monks of Tegernsee Abbey, in Bavaria, to procure meat. You can learn more about the newly discovered text by watching linked video; it features a visit by Rae Borras to Maggs, where he discusses the text with Jonathan Reilly. The text, by the way, will cost you in the neighborhood of £125,000. (currently $184,264.22) to purchase.

6 Responses to “New Discovery of Early Fishing Text by Monk”

  1. rivertoprambles Says:

    As a writer of angling literature, I find this discovery to be absolutely fascinating. Thanks for bringing it to light.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kenov Says:

    Hopefully, whoever buys this will allow facsimiles and translations to be made.


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  5. billrulandci Says:

    Reblogged this on bruland3wordpresscom and commented:
    This is truly an amazing story. As we approach the creeks of our lives, we are joining a brotherhood that stretches back over at least 550 years.


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