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Trout Paperback – September 19, 2000
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It remains thoroughly sound and enchanting. (Nelson Bryant The New York Times)
The only true American angling classic still read widely is Ray Bergman's Trout...It remains the best all-around basic text, managing to cover fundamentals of theory and practice in a smooth and relaxed way...Trout remains our Old Testament, the first and only book many anglers look to for guidance. (Harmon Henkin The New York Times)
Trout is one of the classics of fishing, and like all classics, seems timeless. Despite innovations in rods, reels, and waders, fly fishing for trout has an enduring quality that partly explains many of its devotees' passion. (Randy Bishop The Dallas Morning News)
Trout became the standard text for spin-fisherman and flyfishermen of several generations. (Scott Bowen Outdoor Life)
Derrydale Press has recently reissued a beautiful reprint of the second edition of Trout from 1952 in a softcover format with elegant French folds. I am especially fond of the second edition because in it, I first enjoyed the lessons that Bergman had to offer me as a budding fly-fisherman and fly tier. (Pennsylvania Outdoor Times)
This edition of the book...has very attractive and charming plates taken from period water colours of fish, flies, streamers, and spinners painted by William J. Schaldach. (Terry Lawton Fish and Fly, (Uk))
Bergman had the easy going style of a favorite uncle coupled with a sharply analytical mind that made the subtle sides of trout fishing easy to understand and fun to read....If you haven't yet met Bergman in print, I envy the joy of your discovery (John Merwin Field & Stream)
About the Author
The late Ray Bergman was born in Nyack, New York in 1891 and died there in 1967. He wrote for Outdoor Life magazine for 26 years.
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My original request to Amazon was "Is this particular book a fluke or is this now how it is being printed?" My only response was that I could return the book if I was not satisfied.
The original 1938 publication has been greatly added to for the 1966-2000 revisions.
If you like evolutions and history this is an absorbing book. I particularly like the late author's detailed descriptions on how he developed his respect and methods to entice trout throughout North American waters.
The color plates of flies are beautifully depicted and the drawings of fishing techniques and knots are well done. There are some outmoded practices described, like using gut leader and parafin dissolved in unleaded gasoline to make fly cleaner flotant.
Some of the author's fishing practices revived my appreciation of the legendary fishers in my family. It is a readable instructive book. I also liked the trade paper cover with a beautiful brown trout.