by Ernest Thompson Seton
The Degree of Fisherman may be conferred on any one who takes nine of these tests
1. Catch and name ten different species of fish: salmon or trout to be taken with
flies; bass, pickerel, or pike to be caught with rod or reel, muskallonge to be caught by
2. Make a bait rod of three joints, straight and sound, fourteen ounces or less in
weight, ten feet or less in length, to stand a strain of one and a half pounds at the tip,
13 pounds at the grip; or else make a jointed fly-rod 8 to 10 feet long, 4 to 8 ounces in
weight, capable of casting a fly sixty feet.
3. Name and describe twenty-five different species of fish found in North American
waters, and give a list of at least five of the fishes ascertained to inhabit a given body
4. Give the history of the young of any species of wild fish from the time of hatching
until the adult stage is reached.
5. Make a net and catch a fish in it.
6. Make a turtle trap and catch a turtle in it.
7. Make a six-foot leader of clean gut, with smooth knots to stand a strain of five
8. Take with the fly, unassisted, a three-pound trout, landlocked salmon, or bass, or a
twelve-pound salmon, on a rod not more than eight ounces in weight.
9. Take on a rod, without assistance in hooking, playing, or landing a trout, black
bass, pike (muskallonge), grayling, salmon, bluefish, weakfish, striped bass, kingfish,
sheepshead, or other game fish, whose weight in pounds equals or exceeds half that of the
rod in ounces.
10. Cast a fly with a rod of five ounces, or less, not over ten feet long, sixty-five
feet. Or, with one quarter of an ounce dummy frog, five-foot rod, outdoors overhead
casting, tournament style, send it eighty feet if under eighteen, one hundred and ten if
11. Swim a hundred yards.
12. Paddle (single) a canoe one mile in fourteen minutes.
13. Row without help one mile in ten minutes.
For "How To" Information, See: The
Birch Bark Roll