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StewJune 11th, 2009, 11:08 pm
Western Oregon

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After years of pursuing trout I thought I knew a lot about their behavior. After being proven wrong a few times it seems that I don't know as much as I thought I did.
So with that in mind could someone suggest a good book about trout behavior? Especially in western rivers like Deschutes or Metolius.
Thanks in advance
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TaxonJune 12th, 2009, 2:02 am
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Plano, TX

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Haven't read Understanding Trout Behavior, as I'm more interested in aquatic insect behavior, but it sounds like what you are seeking.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
MartinlfJune 12th, 2009, 6:23 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3196

Having heard good things about the video "The Underwater World of Trout," I've put it in my Netflix queue. I'll try to remember to let you know what you think when it arrives.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
SofthackleJune 12th, 2009, 6:36 am
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Wellsville, NY

Posts: 540
Hi Stew,
First, I've not read the book that was suggested. It sounds interesting. I think trout are creatures that react to a stimulus and to genetic characteristics that are built into them. I always thought that Cecil Heacox's THE COMPLETE BROWN TROUT was a very good book for getting to know these characteristics. However, I've been fishing for trout for over 45 years, and the conclusion I've come to is unless you ARE A TROUT, you will have great difficulty understanding their behavior at times, and that, to me, is what makes it interesting. However, with that said, we have to keep trying to understand it, and again, that's what makes it interesting.

"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

Flymphs, Soft-hackles and Spiders:
GONZOJune 12th, 2009, 10:37 am
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"Bear Swamp," PA

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I'm not sure what level of information you are seeking, but if you haven't read Tom Rosenbauer's Reading Trout Streams (Nick Lyons Books, 1988), I highly recommend it. Although it is not a scholarly tome (at scarcely more than 150 pages), his analysis is based on very solid behavioral understanding and research as well as experience. I've yet to find anyone who didn't find the insights and observations in that book to be practical and valuable.

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