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The Trout and the Fly Paperback – 1 Dec 2005

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press (1 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159228003X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592280032
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,496,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Backed by hundreds of hours of underwater observation, and thousands of close-up and high-speed photographs taken from both above and below the water, this study attempts to provide an understanding of the world of the trout. The author concentrates on the trout, and on the conditions that govern its existence, paying particular attention to the trout's visual perception of it's environment. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Trout and the Fly has been acknowledged as one of the most important books on fly fishing ever to appear.
More than any other, this book furthers our understanding of the world of the trout and the way that the angler, his fly, his tackle, and his behavior appear to the fish underwater.
This book is the result of years of work by two of Britain's most respected and widely read angling writers, supported by university scientists in several fields. The pictures contained in it have been selected from thousands of the authors' own photographs, taken from above and below the surface. High-speed film viewed frame-by-frame reveals the details of events that happen too quickly for the human eye to register.
This remarkable book provides a clear understanding for both the river and stillwater angler. Clarke and Goddard explain everything you need to know about:
The way a trout sees (and the implications for the fly fisher of its excellent color vision)
The way natural and artificial flies appear to the trout (one result of which is a series of fly patterns designed to mimic the way natural flies look from below the surface)
The way that lines and leaders of different colors look from underwater - and the implications for tackle choice
The clues fish give about their feeding behavior and how the angler can interpret them.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Clive Edwards on 13 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books on the Trout ever written. If you fish for trout then you should not be without it on your shelf. It may have been written a few years ago and others have now tried to do the same,but I wholehearted recommend the masters. The chapter on the Rise is classical and since reading this I catch more fish. There is so much information within its covers that I couldn't take it all in with one read and find that I go back to it time and again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Brown on 14 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
I have learned so much from this book. I always thought that trout were pretty dumb, being fooled by fluff and feathers. Boy, was I wrong! Read this if you want to understand more about your target species.
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By David Atkinson on 19 July 2015
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Excellent read. Informative and well laid out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Be the trout. See the bug. 5 Mar. 2006
By Philip Carl - Published on
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If you wish to get inside the small, primitive brain of a trout, then read The Trout and The Fly. Most theories passed around in angling circles for how these critters behave is commonly hearsay. The authors, Brian Clarke and John Goddard - both avid fly fishermen, reveal trained and measured observations. More than any sport, fishing lends itself to word-of-mouth and story telling. Clarke and Goddard take a more analytical tact - providing the angler fundamental knowledge of trout behavior.

The book covers a lot of ground - from how to locate fish to how the trout locates the angler. The material is broken into 4 parts: (1) Observation - Man and trout, (2) Vision - Trout and man, (3) Technique - Man versus trout, and (4) Imitation - Man, trout and fly. These authors excel at transporting the reader to the cold, clear underwater world of the trout. And it's in the second part of the book where I found myself absorbed by their words and photos.

Their presentations on how a trout sees (revealed in drawings and photos) I found to be unique and awarding. Fascinating details about their depth/range of vision, their ability to discern color, the visual depiction of dry flies, the appearance of fly lines and leaders are revealed in the book's pages. To support their work, Clarke and Goddard position a camera underwater and set it to model the visual capabilities of a trout (e.g., changing the aperture setting). In ten plus pages containing color photo plates, you are treated to images of what a trout is likely to see. Ranging from how obvious an angler can appear holding a fly rod vertical in the air near the bank of a stream to the importance of wing patterns in imitating aquatic insects... it's all shown in vivid detail. The color photos alone can justify the purchase of The Trout and the Fly!

Each page contains keen observations, useful tips and above all an implicit philosophy embodied by the authors. As I see it, the philosophy throughout is one of looking, patient waiting, looking some more, and finally learning how these animals interact with their surroundings. The fruit of this philosophy is ultimately the knowledge they share.

This book was first reviewed on the reviewer's own site: - The Nature of Fly Fishing.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Learn to 'think' like a trout, with the help of Brian Clarke 16 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Excellent insight into the ways of the trout, and the environment in which the trout thrives. Where to find trout under different circumstances, but most of all actually showing you why and how the trout reacts to different stimuli like light, heat, sound, chemistry etc. etc.
Excellent fly fishing book 29 Aug. 2013
By noname - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Very detailed and accurate information from two very knowledgeable
authors. Will have to tye some flies and go fishin' soon.
Good insights 8 Sept. 2014
By Amateur curmudgeon - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good, old fashioned, British fly fishing book.
Great explanations and dry, British wit.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
good info 20 Mar. 2010
By salmonid m - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book presents some interesting information about trout and trout fishing. It is particularly strong on some unusual and perhaps unique examinations of how and what trout see.
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