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Trout Streams and Hatches of Pennsylvania

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I finally picked up Trout Streams and Hatches of Pennsylvania this week. A part of me really doesn't like the book - his writing style is in the third grade science teacher genre (why!!!??) and the photos are bad (why!!!!!???). I don't get this. Also, why not have more information on the streams (freestone, limestone, tailwater, gradient, ECT). I wish Ansel Adams would have written a PA fly fishing book! Anyway, the book is loaded with good information on hatches and access, so that part is helpful. Are there others who find the book less than great, or do most love it??


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I finally picked up Trout Streams and Hatches of Pennsylvania this week. A part of me really doesn't like the book - his writing style is in the third grade science teacher genre (why!!!??) and the photos are bad (why!!!!!???). I don't get this. Also, why not have more information on the streams (freestone, limestone, tailwater, gradient, ECT). I wish Ansel Adams would have written a PA fly fishing book! Anyway, the book is loaded with good information on hatches and access, so that part is helpful. Are there others who find the book less than great, or do most love it??



Didn't know that Ansel Adams was a PA flyfisher?

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I hate it for a variety of reasons. If it is as inaccurate about other streams as it is about my home waters, it is probably virtually worthless.

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Interesting. Do you have alternative recommendations?

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Dwight Landis, Trout Steams of PA.

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+1 on Dwights book, been my go-to for the past 15 or 20 years. yes, it's getting kinda worn looking!

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No fan of that type of book, but of the ones I have seen, Landis's is probably the best, though an older book, the late Mike Sajna's PA Trout and Salmon Guide, is easily the most enjoyable reading because he includes a lot of historical info. about streams and their locales. It's been out of print for a while and might be hard to find now.

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A lot of us use the Dwight Landis "Trout Streams of Pennsylvania," it's written better and IMO has more accurate information. Plus it has good maps.

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plus dwight posts here alot and is "one of us"!

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I wish I would have picked up Dwight's book at the Jam this year but Ed decided to miss the turn for the campground and we took a 40 min detour......THANKS Ed!

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You can still get Mike Sajna's book on Amazon. Just checked.

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mporter,

The real value of the book is simply the hatch listings for each stream. The compiler found someone with enough knowledge of each stream to create a hatch listing. These should be used as a starting point and as rtt mentioned may not be completely accurate.

<< A part of me really doesn't like the book - his writing style is in the third grade science teacher genre ...

Either you are being generous about the writing or overly critical of your third grade teacher.

<< why!!!

Apparently good writing is not required to sell books, as the the compiler of this tome has sold quite a few.

<< I don't get this. Also, why not have more information on the streams (freestone, limestone, tailwater, gradient, ECT). I wish Ansel Adams would have written a PA fly fishing book!

It sounds like you have a good vision of what a better book would look like. I encourage you to try and write a better book, I will even help in any way I can. But I warn you it is one thing to be able to recognize poor writing and and a completely different thing to be able to write well.

I will also recommend Dwight's book; the writing is excellent, it covers more streams and it feels like all of the information is coming from experience.

rtt,

I know you are not a fan of this type of book, but please remember not all of us grew up surrounded by real trout streams. I grew up chasing stunted bluegills, chubs and the occasional largemouth in the waters nearby and dreaming of real trout streams. These books helped me turn my boyhood dreams into a reality.

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I think you will like Sajna's book if you buy it, but some of its information is outdated. Even so, it is a highly readable book for this genre.

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I also rec Dwight's book. I think I'm on my third copy now because everytime I lend it to someone I never get it back! I agree with the other poster that the maps are great, especially when paired with the Delorne PA maps. I use it as a quick guide if I'm traveling to an area I don't get to very often or at all.

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The first book I bought for streams in Pa. was Dwight's, it's worth every penny. The second was by A. Joseph Armstrong, Trout unlimited Guide to Pennsylvania Limestone Streams. Along with the Pa. delorne map always in the truck when out and about.

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