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Mind of the Trout: A Cognitive Ecology ror Biologists and Anglers Paperback – Bargain Price, July 10, 2003

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"A comprehensive, well-organized review of current research and a valuable reference. It could serve as a text for a fish behavior course." - Robert Behnke, author of Trout and Salmon in North America

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A portion of the royalties from sales will be donated to Trout Unlimited, North America's leading conservation organization for trout habitats and fisheries.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (July 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299183742
  • ASIN: B003GAN27O
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,727,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most scientific books on fish aren't very useful from an angler's point of view. They use scientific jargon to describe things we already know. This book is in that vein, yet I found it an interesting read, and it did help solidify my angling thinking. For this reason I'm giving it a four-star rating.
Here's my greatly simplified interpretation of some of the points discussed in the book: Bigger baits generally catch bigger fish, and the closer your lure passes to a fish, the more likely the fish is to move for it.
Fish form a search image based on prey they encounter frequently, causing them to reject possible food items that don't fit the search image. One time on a mountain trout lake I tried all my baitfish lures without getting a strike. When I finally tied on a nymph, I scored. These fish were used to feeding on insects, and they ignored lures that weren't insect imitations.
Fish are more likely to mistake your lure for prey if it's moving fast. On the other hand, if its moving too fast they may reject it totally. So very your retrieve speeds until you find what they want.
Fish are more likely to mistake a lure for prey under reduced visibility situations caused by low light or turbidity.
Don't be afraid to tie on a brightly colored or high-contrast lure if more natural patterns aren't working. It will help your lure stand out and may draw a strike.
Feeding activity is reduced if fish sense a predator in the area, so avoid being spotted.
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A little on the technical side and it's not an easy read you need to keep focused. However, if you wand to get into the mind of the trout I highly recommend this book.
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Good piece of work though overly theorical and without much practical use as far as fishing goes. Nevertheless I liked the insights.
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Tough read, interesting ideas but samples of analysis use too few trout to be truly relevant but stimulating all the same
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