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Reading Trout Water: 2nd Edition
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2011
I already had the 1.edition of this book and found it ok, but lacking more examples.
When I got to know about the second edition and it's addition of diagrams and pictures I thought I just had to buy it.
A long review made short: Great!

The 2.edition has excellent diagrams which together with the text explains where the water is most likely to hold fish, or most probably not.
Both editions are well structured and has focus on reading the water. It does this really well and does not mix in too much about other topics, though it has some chapters on e.g. casting and river entomology. I find these to be just perfect with references to books on those topics as well.
Reading the water could be a mystery, but the book classifies water(river, stream, creek) and lies(primary, holding...), and also types of water like runs, riffles, pools etc...
For each of these the book explains where the water is most likely to hold fish and why.
The book also quite well explains how to classify they water yourself and from there it becomes more easy to understand how to approach e.g. a riffle.
Explaining why e.g. size of insects differ from riffle to runs are interesting. Also the text on why it is probably good feeding lies after a non holding shallow riffle(since insects get washed down into the run/pool).

All in all I do really recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2011
This new edition really suprised me with the full color photos. The enhanced digital illustrations placed on the photo really helps Hughes make it clear where to look for trout. He uses examples for just about every type of trout water you might fish and may lead you to reexamine some streams you've already fished. The author writes about different streams and water from several regions across the US as well as overseas. There's alot of good sound information in the 300+ pages along with a detailed index.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2011
This glossy book was a joy to read. The illustrative photography is well done, with "fish" added to the photos to highlight the author's points on location, a nice touch. Prose is very readable and to the point. A solid addition to your fly-fishing library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2012
Every time I read a Dave Hughes book, I wonder how he can pack so much information in one overstuffed book and have any hope of selling another. Then I open the next book and Dave has even more wisdom to impart! In "Reading Trout Water", Dave uses anecdotes to reinforce facts about breaking the stream down into recognisable section. Each type of water has places the trout inhabit and foods available. As always, Dave's emphasis is using the knowledge to make the fishing more enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2013
This book has made me a better trout fisherman. Before I even finished it I bought the author's book on aquatic insects ("Handbook of Hatches") and together they have changed the way I look at and fish trout water. I finished the book recently, and still haven't finished the Hatches book. Nevertheless, in the 4 times I've been fishing since reading the book roughly 25% of the fish I caught were directly related to techniques or ways of looking at the water I picked up from one of Mr. Hughes' books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2012
Everyone who wants to be better at reading water needs this book. There is an incredible wealth of knowledge contained within it, as well as fantastic color photos with fish icons in the water to indicate holding or feeding lies. It really makes breaking down water much simpler. Some of the information I was already familiar with, but after reading this I was able to better put it into the context of a larger picture.

I find Dave Hughes to be an excellent author. He is very entertaining, and nowhere near as dry as other authors, even when the material is. His books are easy reads, with just enough humor thrown in to make it fun. This is a big plus when you add to it the fact that he is very well-versed in reading water, as his book covers all the major types, and he uses personal examples from some of the more classical Western waters to small streams you may never have heard of.

This book should definitely be in your library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
As an intermediate level flyfisherman (my assessment) I thought this book one of the more useful books I've read on the topic for some time. I could picture each scenario Dave spoke too and could see where to put the fly or where I should have put the fly (last week!). I purchased two copies for my buddies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2014
If you want to learn how to read water, stop looking for other books! All chapters are devided in the same paragraphs. Systematically and with pictures of different types of water in which fishilies are phitoshopped; briljant!
Pieter Wijnand, the Netherlands
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2011
I have almost every book Dave Hughes has written on fly fishing and this one is one of his best. In typical Dave Hughes fashion, it's informative, well-written, and full of color pictures. It's a "must read" for every fly fisherman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2014
I am working to learn more about this kind of fishing after retiring and moving to a part of the country where these techniques are essential. Although I give it four stars because there is much useful information contained in the book this information is diluted by a lot of unnecessary story telling and other ruminations. I bought the kindle version so the small pictures can be enlarged to full screen to help decipher them--I can't imagine getting much out of them in the printed version. The pictures are small and taken from very low angles on the stream so that the locations where fish symbols are placed representing where fish would most likely be holding are not made particularly clear. I would think an associated diagram or satellite views (many areas have one meter coverage which, in larger rivers, could be made useful) would add much to the understanding of the authors points. Still, there is a lot of good information in here, just takes a bit of effort to extract it.
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