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Exploring Wisconsin Trout Streams: The Angler's Guide (North Coast Books) Paperback – October 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: North Coast Books
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299155544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299155544
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve Born is chair of the national resources board of Trout Unlimited and professor of environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff Mayers is a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal, the author of Great Golf in Wisconsin, and a writer whose work has appeared in Wisconsin Trails and Trout magazine. Andy Morton is a water resources planner with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Bill Sonzogni is president of Southern Wisconsin chapter of Trout Unlimited and professor of water chemistry at the UW-Madison.

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Patricia A. Hoss
I thought this was an excellent book for the first time trout fisherman to the state of Wisconsin.
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It is painstakingly researched and very well presented.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ahren Locke on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've read two or three books about catching trout in Wisconsin, and this book is the most informative. There are detailed illustrations, including a hatch chart with all of the best bug hatches in the state. They also have detailed descriptions of some of the finest trout waters in Wisconsin. Good for the beginning angler as well, because the book gives good tips on starting gear and techniques. I found it extremely helpful. If you're planning on trout fishing in Wisconsin this book is a must.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Branden Born on November 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
Many fish-and-tell books suffer from either not enough information (the trailhead is where?) or too much detail, and sometimes an annoying combination of both. The reader is left wondering about the bigger picture and the finer points of the resource and local opportunities to experience it.
Not so with this book. It is painstakingly researched and very well presented. The resource and conservation overview is integrated with specific and useful information on streams, hatches, and techniques. The book is well-written and generally enjoyable to read, as well as being a good reference for beginners to advanced flyfishers. It is clear that the authors know their home waters and have great love for them. I highly recommend this book to those wanting to know more about the excellent fly fishing and cold water resources in Wisconsin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ahren Locke on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've read two or three books about catching trout in Wisconsin, and this book is the most informative. There are detailed illustrations, including a hatch chart with all of the best bug hatches in the state. They also have detailed descriptions of some of the finest trout waters in Wisconsin. Good for the beginning angler as well, because the book gives good tips on starting gear and techniques. I found it extremely helpful. If you're planning on trout fishing in Wisconsin this book is a must.
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By Warfrat73 on January 26, 2014
Format: Paperback
I was expecting this to be more of a guide book than an into to trout fishing or a primer. The title suggests that the focus would be on, well, exploring Wisconsin trout streams, it does discuss that a bit, but the first 120 pages is made up of background and introductory information, most of which is all well and good, and some if it even interesting, but much of which is very basic and not related to, well, exploring Wisconsin trout streams. There's a section on the history of trout fishing and tackle production in Wisconsin. Chapter 3, "Getting Started," is 30 pages of very basic information on gearing up, putting together a basic fly assortment, what trout eat, and where to find fish in a stream, etc. all important information, but very, very basic. Same thing with the chapter on "Insects and Crustaceans of Wisconsin Trout Streams," very useful info for the rank beginner, but only an absolute beginner will need to be told what a mayfly or a midge is. Then there's another basic discussion of tackle selection and tactics in Chapter 5 in case you weren't paying attention in Chapter 3. After the first 120 pages of pretty basic info, they finally profile a few stretches of water, 10 each in the south region and the north region. Generally these are the most famous, and overfished, trout streams in the state, Black Earth Creek, Timber Coulee, Bois Brule, etc. Not that these aren't good places to fish for trout, but there's really no hidden gems. And it's problematic that they only divide the state into two regions, they discuss, for example the Kinnickinnic River and the Pike River as being part of the same region, even though they're in different watersheds, flowing on opposite sides of the state.

In short, it's ok, but I was hoping for a more in depth exploration of the actual trout waters, and while it's interesting to learn that Stevens Point was once "the world capital of fly-tying," it's not really what I was hoping for out of this book.
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By Lawrence N. Edson DO on March 20, 2013
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Excellent information on the streams reviewed. It is a shame there is not information on "the Angleton" fly used on the Bois Brule.
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