Book Review: Trout Stream Insects by Dick Pobst

Book Reviews & Excerpts — By on August 2, 2010 10:39 am

GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), November 1997
Binding Type: Hardcover
Retail Price: $16.95 at the Hatches Store
ISBN: 1-55821-067-9

“The trout’s biggest advantage is selectivity, and we can counteract it only by knowing the insects that make up his diet.  This is the reason for the study of stream entomology by the angler, and it is often the weak link in his skill.”
-Ernest Schwiebert

Trout Stream Insects: An Orvis Streamside Guide is by no means a new book.  However, since it was first published in 1990, it has successfully been introducing novice trout fishermen to the major trout stream insects found throughout the United States.

Far from the final authority on fly fishing entomology, this pint-sized book gives the beginner enough information to make them dangerous on their favorite trout stream, without overwhelming them with info they might not be ready for.  Covering mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies, and midges- and even a few terrestrials- the author shares 120 color photographs of the insects which are most prevalent throughout the eastern and western United States.  In the case of mayflies, each natural fly is shown in each of the three main phases of its life cycle, as well as a few traditional patterns often used to imitate that particular insect.  The author offers a very practical approach to imitating caddisflies, an approach which even advanced fly angers will learn something from.  Eastern and western hatch charts are included, and Pobst has included a dozen pages where you can record the specific hatch info for the streams you fish.

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  1. Mark Sofman says:

    I think this is a great little book. Found it enormously helpful when I started fishing for trout. And because it was my youngest daughter’s (now 20) favorite book when she was little and before she could read, I was seldom able to carry it on stream, she just wouldn’t hand it over.

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    This book has really help me produce more substantial fish in the Tennessee River watershed I live in. Tomorrow I will be taking it into the New River watershed and testing it out there. I feel confident that the quality of this book will leave me smiling over there as well.

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