BOOK REVIEW ~ Trout Hunter: The Way of anAngler
by JD Miller

Released in 2004, Trout Hunter is a compilation of articles written by fishing/tying legend Rene Harrop. All articles were written by Rene over the past 20 years and have been published in a variety of fishing magazines, including Fly Fisherman, American Angler, and Angling Journal. The 200 page book contains 18 total articles from Rene, with topics ranging from "Spring Creek Strategies" (Chapter 12) and "Biot Spinners" (Chapter6) to "Pondering PMDs" (Chapter 2).

The articles vary from general overviews of basic techniques to in-depth, specific knowledge of intricate strategies so the book will be both informational and entertaining to the beginner and expert fisherman alike. Some of my favorite lessons from the book include…


"Subtle and often rhythmic feeding motion are indicators that film-bound PMD emergers are the object of attention. The rises are fairly predictable and allow the repetitive casting that sometimes is required before the arrival of the fly fits exactly into the trout's rhythm. Failing to prevail can usually be attributed to giving up too quickly rather than having the wrong fly." (Chapter 2)

"In-stream structures like large rocks or partially submerged logs are preferred feeding locations for wary trout. Such obstructions distort the current and help to obliterate the form or motion of the rise. It is not unusual for an impressive fish to take up full-time residency in the proximity of midstream shelter. Do not hesitate to probe such spots with a sunken nymph when the surface activity is not observed." (Chapter 12)

The book concludes with pictures and recipes for all of the flies discussed or listed in the articles. These flies are mostly Harrop originals and are some of the most practical, well designed, and best producing patterns in the country.

I found this to be one of the most informative books I have read in a long time; almost every chapter taught me something. The phenomenal photos of flies and rivers only add to appeal of this book. It retails for $44.95 and is available at the shop. Pick up a copy, you won't be disappointed.