Why Trout Usually Win

Many readers will know Graeme Marshall from his collaborative books with Les Hill, including Catching Trout and Stalking Trout. Others will know him as a leading South Island fly-fishing guide.

This new book, subtitled The Guides’ Book of Fishing Excuses, takes a lighthearted look at everything and anything that can spoil a day on the water, from wind and rain to sandflies and didymo, and everything in between.

Marshall confronts all the usual suspects — water temperature, barometric pressure, river levels, moon phase, climate change, lack of fish, angling pressure — so often blamed for our failed attempts.

This may seem like a negative approach, especially if you just glance down the chapter headings, but the book offers more than enough hope and remedial guidance along the way.

Fellow guides and their clients will be amused by many all-too-familiar anecdotes, and newcomers will learn a lot about how to fish New Zealand waters when things, inevitably, don’t go according to plan.

Why Trout Usually Win is a bit of fun with plenty of useful tips and insights thrown in.

Published in New Zealand by The Halcyon Press. 220 pages, softcover, price $39.95.

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