Reading Trout Streams

An informative guide to fly fishing in trout waters.


Reading Trout Streams is the second volume in Tom Rosenbauer's definitive series of guides about the sport of fly fishing. Following The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing, Reading Trout Streams takes the angler to the next level looking at the structure of rivers and streams, where trout prefer to live and why. This guide to fly fishing for trout waters teaches the angler to look through the water, to see the currents and understand what is happening underneath. Trout find specific places to lie in the river to conserve energy, to easily access the food supply, and to avoid predators. This book is considered the best ever written on how to look at a river, read the water, and find those secret lies that hold big trout. 160 pages.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 4.8 / 5 based on 10 reviews


10 of 10 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 4/5

    Very informative read - 11/13/2014
    By: from North Yorkshire

    A great read for people who are both learning to fly fish and also for the experienced angler. The graphics of the river are clear and concise and give a precise indication of where the trout would lie.

  • 5/5

    A bible - 5/17/2014
    By: from Germany
    Top 25 Contributor

    I always enjoy to read the books of Tom Rosenbauer. This one is on par with Gary Lafontaine´s "Caddies Flies". It took me a year to read it fully and I always come back to it when I do not catch anything, which is also part of the game.

  • 5/5

    Essential Trout Fishing Guidebook - 9/21/2013
    By: from Alexandria, VA
    Top 10 Contributor

    The Orvis Guide to Reading Trout Streams explains one of the most important skills in trout fishing – being able to read the water and understand where trout lie. This is an essential skill for all fly anglers.

  • 5/5

    Must read for novice fishermen - 6/23/2013
    By: from Highlands Ranch, CO

    I now look at trout streams in a totally new way. "Reading Trout Streams" is excellant. Well written and easy to understand with outstanding graphics. I think every fisherman will learn something new of benefit to finding fish. A must read for every novice fisherman.

  • 4/5

    Great book! - 3/9/2013

    The information is too notch. Wish the pictures were in color to make it easier to see what Tom is explaining but overall excellent read. Got some trout already by read the river with the first time I went out after reading this!

  • 5/5

    Best book I've seen on the subject !! - 12/10/2012
    By: from Clifford, Pa.
    Top 50 Contributor

    Straightforward writing; very clear and easy to understand illustrations. The author makes a pretty dry subject very interesting, good insights from a real trout addict !!

  • 5/5

    Great Book - 9/11/2012

    I am about halfway through the book and can't wait to get out on a stream.

  • 5/5

    What a great book - 5/15/2012
    By: from Newcastle, Australia

    This book deserves special mention – it’s a treat. At a juicy 162 pages, it’s packed with diagrams and pictures and goes into great depth. Enough depth to help the reader figure out why in certain situations, for example, fish won’t be found on the outside of a bend, despite the presence of a promising looking undercut bank. Experienced fly fishermen like Rosenbauer know that trout prefer to lie in water that runs about one-quarter to one-half foot per second and feed in water that runs about two feet per second. Accordingly, in one situation presented in the book, the water below the undercut is moving too fast. Great read. I wish I was even a tenth as talented and practiced as Rosenbauer.

  • 5/5

    Great read - 6/21/2011
    By: from Northern California
    Top 25 Contributor

    Simply a must read. Such a wealth of information and explanation. I've read it three times and still pick up a great deal each read through. I can't imagine any trout fisherman not benefiting from this guide. It's eminently satisfying to find a resource where you can spend a few hours reading and immediately take that knowledge applying it fruitfully at your local trout stream. I highly recommend it. * I do concur regarding an update to color pictures. It would be more visually stimulating.

  • 5/5

    Must-Have Book - 7/11/2008
    By: from Los Angeles, CA

    We have all caught fish where we least expected them to be, however, we can be so much more productive when we know exactly where to focus our attention. This book teaches us just that and is definitely a must-have for any trout fisherman. In fact, this book along with the Orvis Guide and the Casting DVD can be considered a DIY class on fly fishing. My only criticism is that I feel this book is due for an update with color pictures etc, but the information contained within is timeless.

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