What Trout Want

What Trout Want

The Educated Trout and Other Myths

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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* Catching trout simplified * A brilliantly written and well-crafted expose of fly fishing's greatest myths--selectivity, matching the hatch, pressured fish, fish feeling pain, precise imitations, drag-free drifts * Recipes for the author's tried-and-true patterns * Practical, down-to-earth suggestions for catching fish AUTHOR: Bob Wyatt writes, paints, and fishes from his base in Middlemarch, a semi-ghost town on the Taieri River in New Zealand's South Island. His writing on fly fishing and related topics has appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, Fly Rod & Reel, the UK's Fly Fishing & Fly Tying, and Australia's FlyLife magazine. His book Trout Hunting: The Pursuit of Happiness was published in 2004. ILLUSTRATIONS: 134 colour photographs
Publisher: Mechanicsburg, PA : Headwater Books, Stackpole Books, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780811711791
Branch Call Number: 799.1757 WYATT
Characteristics: x, 227 p. : col. ill.; 24 cm.


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May 01, 2018

While I have long felt that trout weren't as smart as anglers assumed, Bob Wyatt systematically sets out to destroy the ideas that trout become "educated" about certain fly patterns and that exact imitations are necessary to catch these very smart fish. Based on my incorporation of his ideas in to my fishing, I think he's right. What really matters is presentation and giving the fish the right "triggers" that the fish key in on when searching for prey.

I used to fiddle around with all sorts of complicated flies, but I've found that a handful of simple, impressionistic flies are really all you need. I've adopted Wyatt's Snowshoe Hare Emerger as just about the only "dry" fly I ever use, and it's never failed me as long as the size is reasonably close to whatever the fish are feeding on, and that "reasonably close" means I only tie them in sizes 12, 18, and 26.

If you find this book informative, I also highly recommend "Simple Flies" by Morgan Lyle.

Aug 15, 2015

Great that it had pictures

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