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The New Scientific Angling - Trout and Ultraviolet Vision [Paperback]

Reed F. Curry
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30 Oct 2009
Trout see a world invisible to man -- the world of ultraviolet light. You can now meet them in that world. Through abundant photographs and clear text the author illuminates the remarkable distinctions between the vision of man and the broader vision of trout, revealing for the first time flies, fly tying materials, and insects in both visible light and reflected ultraviolet light. In this groundbreaking work, the author presents new scientific discoveries in the understanding of trout vision and illustrates how these discoveries benefit the discerning scientific angler. Complementing the text and photos are the drawings and cartoons of Eric Reaves - longtime cartoonist for Jim Davis of the "Garfield" comic strip.

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  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Buckram Publishing; 1st edition (30 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984086307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984086306
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.6 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,193,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you think about your fishing 1 Jan 2014
By Piker20
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This book is great if you think about you fishing on a deeper level than just fly + water = fish.
There are some issues in the book which I wish were covered in more detail but the ultimate reason of why a fish takes our bait will never be fully understood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential element for any fisherman's reference library 13 Dec 2009
By Keith Barton - Published on Amazon.com
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Reed has gone where few dare to tread. The world of trout perception and vision has always been a major question mark compared to the things we toss at them. With our bipolar vision and the limitations of visible light, most anglers have wondered what a trout sees in brightly colored feather dander.

It's a heady topic, and Reed has managed to add some lightness and angling reality with scientific principles - making a book that is enlightening without out being dull and lifeless (as most scientific tomes are ...)

Its interpretation of UV and vision has been stripped of the polysyllabic mathematics and is geared towards a non-scientific audience. It's reminiscent of those old high school science texts whose salient points were outlined in the margins.

Packed with important fishing information as well as theory. Segments detailing the enhanced resolution that UV can add to a textured surface, the idea of the "composite mayfly" - every posture of every bug ever seen, and how the trout may trigger the all important "maybe" - and try the taste test.

The photographs of common angling objects (flies, vests, fly tying materials) and the discussion of colors qualities in the UV spectrum make this a reference book for a fly tyer - something to keep close so it can be used often.

A worthy tome for the non-fly tying angler, as there is much about the fish that we've always wondered, yet couldn't find a translator to tell us what the science meant.

Great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trout Really Don't See As We See! 11 Jan 2013
By R. Idol - Published on Amazon.com
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I have used UV materials of some sort for about 35 years and started carrying a few UV patterns when I found that on some days they were far better. Of course, some days they weren't nearly as good but I still ordered the new UV2 materials within the hour that I found they were available. The why and how of all this was a mystery that I just endured although I could find references that noted that trout eyes seemed to have a broader range of light wave detection than human eyes. OK, how does the construction of a trout eye apply to the hatch in progress, common trout (and other game fish) prey, and the artificials we use? Well, this book is the best layman's explanation I have yet found, and by far! Perhaps in 20 years we will look back on this volume as a simplistic and flawed explanation. However, as of today's state of the art, get the book immediately. If you learn than the clothing you wear on the stream has a UV signature and sometimes your cherished old khaki vest might show up like a neon sign on a dark night to the trout finning in the current, you will recoup your purchase price. I don't have storage space for hundreds of books and when I add one, one has to go. I am keeping this one, and it's that good!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trout Enthusiast Must Read! 9 Dec 2009
By E. Reaves - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you've ever fished for them you know, trout are an amazing fish. If you read this book, you will know Reed Curry is an amazing writer who, with a multitude of evidence and practical knowledge, will tell you how trout are more amazing than we've always thought. You will feel smarter after reading this, but you probably still won't be as smart as the trout you are casting to. Good writing, nice photos, excellent art, and great humor all inside this book. Enjoy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars There is little science in Scientific Angling 22 Aug 2013
By Brent Bauer - Published on Amazon.com
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Sadly, Curry takes a very interesting topic with potentially great applications to practical fishing and lessens it by bashing science when it refutes his beliefs and using it as support when it confirms his beliefs. Subsequently, he voids all credibility for his conclusions. This is too bad, because there are some real practical applications that are emerging in the fishing world involving UV that need to be demystified with real science. Curry's book is an opportunity lost.
5.0 out of 5 stars UV Radiation as seen by the fish. 29 May 2014
By Tom - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an outstanding book that addresses the cutting edge of fly fishing. It appears to give answers to warm water and salt water fishing as well. I have been using UV materials for a few years and this book explains why the materials work so well.
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