Trout Sense

Trout Sense

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A fly fisher's guide to what trout see, hear and smell – an in-depth look into the trout's world to help anglers better understand the fish


An in-depth look into the trout’s world to help anglers better understand the fish. The more one knows about trout, the more fish one will catch. This third and final book in Jason Randall’s Fly Fisherman’s Guide series explains the trout’s world for fly fishers who want to know more about their quarry. Randall sees fly fishing as both a physical and an intellectual pursuit. Like a coach sharing the scouting report on a rival team, Randall gives readers all the details about trout they need to prepare for their next contest on the water. Randall’s writing is both scientific and approachable. He uses the latest research to answer common questions like where an angler should stand on the river bank and whether or not to use ultraviolet fly-tying materials.

Trout Sense is a smart, entertaining book that’s guaranteed to change how one sees trout – by revealing how they see us.


Jason Randall is a veterinarian certified in fish health and medicine and a frequent contributor to American Angler. His previous titles include Moving Water (978-0-8117-1022-0) and Feeding Time (978-0-8117-1198-2). He lives in Illinois, USA.

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Sub Heading A Fly Fisher's Guide to What Trout See, Hear, & Smell
ISBN 9780811713313
Author Jason Randall
Binding Casebound
Extent 229mm x 153mm, 256 pages
Illustrations 8 pp colour insert, 70 b&w illustrations, 15 b&w and colour photographs
Ebook No

'Jason has done a masterful job of examining the senses of the trout... (His) comments on fly selection and angling tactics, which are riveted solidly to the scientific data, are a must study for all fly rodders.' Dr Gary A Borger, Professor Emeritus Biology, University of Wisconsin, Marathon County
'Jason Randall has written a highly informative and entertaining book that combines a lifetime of angling knowledge with a genuine attempt to present the science behind the angling advice. This is a book for those who want to know why a working radio on a small boat is better wrapped in a towel, or those who ask whether ultra-violet reflecting lures are worth all the recent fuss. Trout Sense is peppered with fishing stories that bring home the various points and opinions expressed. As a scientist who has researched salmonid vision over the last 20 years, I can vouch that this aspect of the book is well presented and up to date. It is my opinion that anglers will very much enjoy this read and find it very useful when planning fishing adventures.' Dr Inigo Novales Flamarique, Professor Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
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