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Trout Rigs & Methods: All You Need to Know to Construct Rigs That Work for All Types of Trout Flies & the Most Effective Fishing Methods for Catching More & Larger Trout Paperback – January 17, 2007
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This was a great refresher for me, having not fished that much in recent years. The format is easy to follow and helps keep the information organized, not just on the page, but in my head. There is so much good info that I will probably only be able to use a few new ideas each season. I was looking for a good practical guide and I am lucky I found this one. I chose it for the author, and am not disappointed. I expect to increase my success rate and the size of my catch just by using the Duncan loop!
I own and love several of Hughes' books, Reading Trout Water is, I believe, essential, as is Handbook of Hatches and, once you get into fly tying, Essential Trout Flies.
He missed his target in this one.
He describes the different types of water (which he already did in Reading Trout Water) and goes on to enumerate the equipment required for each. OK, this may be useful, perhaps. Then he goes on to detailed descriptions of the different fly casts. Really? In an intermediate level book?
The point is, he will get to the rigs and how to fish them, but in a very round about way that makes this book distinctly less useful than his previous efforts.
For me, a fan of Hughes, this was a dissappointment.
So what about the "Trout Rigs" in the original title?
Sure, he gives HOW to construct every type of RIG imaginable.
But the joy in this book is that he explains WHY a certain rig would work in a certain situation, and then goes on to explain HOW to fish that scenario.
Telling us HOW TO FISH is what makes this book a treasure.
Most books give us general principles, and then an example or two.
This book does give the general principles in the first 69 pages.
But in the next 200 pages he lays out situations we all encounter on streams, rivers, and lakes.
He analyzes the situation, gives a solution of what to put at the end of the line, then how to fish it.
Anyone who has been to graduate school will recognize the approach: Review a situation in detail, so that when you encounter it in real life, you can productively get right to work.
So get this book, and get your PhD in troutology.
Then get to work catching "more and larger trout".
(Plus there is enough detail here that if you don't hook up in a situation, you can re-read a section and get that trout "next time".)
I am disappointed; enough to feel that I wasted $13.57.
The book's content headings are poorly done. One does wonder why after so much effort to write so much, the author or editor couldn't take the time and trouble to page number all of the headings. Yeah, there are gems of information in the book; they are buried deep in wordy and frequently obtuse paragraphs and further lost in the un-numbered subchapters.
Again, I wonder just what the editor did in publishing this book. The writing wanders and there are blatant errors; for example, how does one get from step 2 to step 3 in tying the surgeon's loop on page 29? Answer: you can't; drawing two is incorrect. Drawing 3 is correct so follow it.
If you are looking for one book that describes many trout fishing situations and offers possible solutions (e.g. high sticking short pockets and runs, page 182) then perhaps this book will give you a rough idea of what you are facing and name some techniques that will help. If you are looking for specifics on trout rigs from leader theory to varied methods of constructing multiple fly droppers (especially with more than two flies), you will not find it in this book
I feel that the author has an incredible amount of information and experience he is trying to convey. But this book loses clarity when it reduces complex fishing situations to a couple of pages of rambling descriptions and solutions. These situations, techniques and methods deserve their own chapters, not just a few paragraphs.
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Any book by Dave Hughes is worth reading! Here is a compilation of skills packaged for easy assimilation. Buy this book!Published 4 months ago by Michael T. Williams
while the boo becomes a bit redundant at times, the overall techniques and suggestions are invaluable to a learning (and seasoned) fly fisherman. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very well written and informative. Sometimes a bit repetitive. But he is a good writer with a good touch of humor thrown in. He is practical. And is a book for all skill levels. Read morePublished 11 months ago by joanies
This is an absolutely excellent book for anyone trying to understand how to effectively fish in any water. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loaded with information, but as another reviewer put it, not easy to find a particular rig in the text. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JonPittsburgh67
WOW. Once again, Dave Hughes proves that not only does he know more than I do, but that he knows more than I want to about fly fishing for trout. Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by David O
Dave Hughes always writes good books and succinctly shares his knowledge with fellow anglers. This book covers rigging from basic to innovative. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by Lily Winston