An Izaak Wallon. One devoted to “the gentle craft”
of angling. Izaak Walton wrote a book called The Complete
Angler, or Contemplative Man's Recreation. (1655.)
“Gentle” is a pun. Gentles are the larvae of
flesh-flies used as bait in angling.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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