…. or how the hair from a Lierne hare made it into a book.
In 2015 I got a copy of Bob Wyatt’s book – “What Trout Want – The Educated Trout and Other Myths”. Quite a promising title I must admit. So I dived right in and started reading. I find Bobs writing quite appealing. It’s like sitting by a campfire with Bob listening to his thoughts and views.
It is quite amazing how much thought we humans put into a fly and it’s design – and this is what the book is about. It is more about humans and human perception and interpretation of why a trout east an artificial fly. Fascinating how far this can go. Wyatt makes a lot of references to other literature about the subject – which is interesting, but one needs to be a involved abit deeper in the material than say the “average interested angler” to fully appreciate his writing.
The conclusions Wyatt draws are very much in line what I have experienced. I feel Bob and I belong to a growing brotherhood of anglers using simple but effective fly designs. Fly designs, which appear bizarre easy to the very artisans amongst the fly tiers.
Sorry that I abuse an ever so often term, but this book is a “must read” for those interested in catching trout with their own flies. The thought process behind the fly, the selection of the fly and how to present it is very well described and discussed by Wyatt. I find that very inspiring.
About the Author:
Bob Wyatt writes, paints, and fishes from his base in Middlemarch, a semi-ghost town on the Taieri River in New Zealand’s South Island. Born in Canada, Bob Wyatt has been a fly fisherman since the late fifties, having cut his angling teeth on the classic freestone rivers of Alberta and British Columbia. His writing on fly fishing and related topics has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, Fly Rod & Reel, the UK’s Fly Fishing & Fly Tying, and Australia’s FlyLife magazine.