What Trout Want

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Catching trout simplifiedA brilliantly written and well-crafted exposé fly fishing's greatest myths—selectivity, matching the hatch, pressured fish, fish feeling pain, precise imitations, drag-free driftsRecipes for the author's tried-and-true patternsPractical, down-to-earth suggestions for catching fish

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What Trout Want: The Educated Trout and Other Myths

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Overview

Catching trout simplifiedA brilliantly written and well-crafted exposé fly fishing's greatest myths—selectivity, matching the hatch, pressured fish, fish feeling pain, precise imitations, drag-free driftsRecipes for the author's tried-and-true patternsPractical, down-to-earth suggestions for catching fish

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  • ISBN-13: 9780811711791
  • Publisher: Headwater Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 939,750
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the 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. Born in Canada, Bob Wyatt has been a fly fisherman since the late fifties, having cut his angling teeth on the classic freestone rivers of Alberta and British Columbia. 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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Part 1 A Beautiful Fiction 1

Chapter 1 Smart Trout 2

The Self-Conscious Trout 3

An Alternative View 6

The Educated Trout 8

The Scientific Angler 11

Chapter 2 It's Not Just About Us 14

Fly Anxiety 15

Suspicious Minds 20

A Battle of Wits 22

Matching the Hatch 26

Chapter 3 Faith Is Better Than Hope 30

Trout Ammo 31

Less Is More 38

You Gotta Have Faith 40

Selectivity Unmasked 44

Chapter 4 Keep It Simple 50

Hunting the Howdy 51

Size Matters 54

Get Real 56

A "Flee" in the Water 61

Chapter 5 Outside the Box 68

A Matter of Attitude 69

Urinal Cake Theory 74

Anti-Fly Tying 78

The Search Image 84

Chapter 6 Fly Design 90

Trout Fly Voodoo 91

Prey Image: An Offer They Can't Refuse 95

Broadband Trout Flies 98

Limited Attention 102

Chapter 7 Things I Thought I Knew 108

Rodeo Lessons 109

Selective or Spooky-Take Your Pick 114

Beyond Reason 122

A Sparkling Illusion 126

What Goes Around … 131

Part 2 Presentation 133

Chapter 8 Covering the Basics 134

It Ain't What You Got, It's What You Do with It 135

Drag 142

Find a Happy Fish 149

Chapter 9 Some New Angles 152

Deep Secrets 153

Contact Nymphing 163

Pressured Trout 170

Chapter 10 Beyond the Comfort Zone 188

A Road Less Traveled: Trout Hunting on the Lakes 189

Exceptions to the Rule 200

The Dark Side 209

To a Young Presentationist 217

Index 221

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