Cannibal trout

Andrew Williams
A NOBLE SACRIFICE! From the valley bottoms to the mountain tops, the great rain- forests of the Northwest and the creatures that live there depend on the return of the salmon. Their return to their home rivers to spawn and die has been, for thousands of years, the foundation of the health of the entire Pacific Northwest ecosystem, as the nutrients from salmon carcasses enrich what would otherwise be a mineral-poor, unproductive environment. > Sport fishermen have long known that freshwater fish, such as cutthroat and rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, bull trout, and whitefish, rely on all stages of the salmon's life cycle for a major part of their diet. In summer and fall they stack up behind spawning salmon and gorge on the eggs. After the adults have died, trout feed on the rot- ting flesh. In spring, as the newly hatched alevin emerge and turn into fry, trout and other fish go on a feeding frenzy. Even the smelts making their way to the sea must run a gauntlet of hungry trout. So, to be successful, the Northwest angler must know when these events are occurring on their river, how to match the eggs, fry, and flesh of the salmon, and a range of techniques and strategies to present these flies where, when and how the trout expect to see them. Now, thanks to Andrew Williams, these tasks are made much easier. In Cannibal Trout he provides in-depth information, including individual fly photographs and recipes, on everything you need to know to successfully fish and tie egg, fry, and flesh flies.


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