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03-12-2003, 02:19 PM
What books have you read that have helped you catch more fish or greatly changed the way you fish for trout? Sylvester Nemes books on the soft hackled fly were a revelation to me a few years ago. The flies are both easy to tie and easy to fish. Fish practically hook themselves on softhackles and they work under a variety of conditions. Lately I have found Roger Hill's book on Fly Fishing the South Platte River to be very helpful. His suggestions on dead drift nymphing and the use of two flies at a time work well on most of our tailwaters.

03-12-2003, 04:19 PM
compared to most of the people here i am very new to FF and i haven't read to many books but dave hugh's essential trout flies and FF fo trout in streams have helped me a lot

03-12-2003, 05:28 PM
Selective Trout - Swisher and Richards - 1976 first edition, new edition is now out. Rated one of top ten fly fishing books in a poll one of the major mags recently did. Its still my bible.

BTW, they are Michigan trout guys.

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03-12-2003, 06:42 PM
"Trout" by Ray Bergman is THE classic. Best thing is the "old" techniques he talks about still work, especially when most guys aren't catching anything. Reading a book by him is like sitting, talking with an old friend. In addition, you will learn what we had to go through to fish when I was young.


John Desjardins
03-12-2003, 07:56 PM
Prospecting for Trout by Tom Rosenbauer. One of the first books I read that applied to the relatively infertile streams I fish. Bob I agree that Bergmans Trout is a classic that has much to teach us. His observations of fishermen on a stream are very telling to this day.

03-12-2003, 11:16 PM
Tom Ivens Stillwater Trout. I had to read it twice - too much to take in first time. The first book that really changed the way I think about fishing which, eventually, led to a lot more success.

For instant results, the best (or worst depending on your point of view) was Gordon Frasers introduction of the Booby Nymph to UK stillwater trout fishers. Fished on a short leader and fast sinking line, this patterns ability to extract limit after limit from the put and take fisheries led to its banning in many places.:devil: