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Reviewed by Martin Joergensen This is a book that deliberately sets out to help the reader achieve a goal, which few of us actually admit we have: to catch BIG fish!
Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout is quite systematic, and guides the reader through a natural evolution in understanding the advice to come. This is done by introducing the basics: behavior, food selection, and habitats of larger trout, then discuss tactics and in the end show you the right flies.
After having introduced the basics Linsenmann and Galloup make sure you understand the methods needed. These encompass some basic methods of casting larger flies and the more detailed methods of stripping and fishing them. The authors have some really interesting observations here, and their tactics and stripping patterns are different and very much worth paying attention to.
By now the reader is about half way through the book, and ready to enter what I consider the really interesting part: fly choice, fly design and fly patterns.
The groups are covered individually in a row of chapters where the argumentation for their design is presented. Older and well known flies are mentioned, but most are not covered in detail. The color schemes are discussed and altogether I find these chapters very central in the book. Combine these large flies with the jerk-strip and a sinking line, and I am sure you will produce fish larger than your average.
The last bit of the book is an individual materials list with an accompanying short pattern and tying description. The B/W pictures in this section are disappointing and strangely treated with a harsh shadow, but luckily the flies are all depicted in nice and clear color plates in the preceding section.
The illustrations throughout the book are B/W drawings and photos of a very fine quality, and in the first part you will find an inset of color photos clearly documenting that the described flies and tactics really do work.
All through the book the authors attack the subject with weight (excuse the pun) and clearly demonstrate that they have experience and that their methods work. All is illustrated in text and pictures with clear and entertaining evidence.
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