Anyone can learn to put planter Rainbow Trout in their bucket, but learning to track down and catch truly giant trout takes a lot of knowledge and skill. You can either spend years on the water learning by trial or error or you can read Big Trout by Bernie Taylor and get a head start on catching trophy trout!
Summary of Big Trout
Big Trout is a scientific breakdown of how to find and catch trophy trout. From where they can be found to what trophy trout eat, how to fish for them and when to fish for them, Bernie Taylor goes over every detail that you will need to catch that once in a lifetime trout.
What I like about Big Trout
The completeness of Big Trout’s approach to catching trophy trout is what really stands out. A lifetime of tracking trout is squeezed into the ~280 pages of this book. Bernie Taylor does a great job of covering all the details of what you need to know to put you in a position to catch epic trout.
Unlike a lot of fishing books, Big Trout isn’t a collection of reprinted articles or stale reprints of old books. Bernie gives us a logically laid out book that covers all the bases of trophy trout fishing.
What I don’t like about Big Trout
There isn’t a lot about Big Trout I don’t like. The book is a bit stilted towards fly fishing, which I understand to a certain degree. As a life long caster of metal and bait, I am a bit loathe to give way to fly fishing as the ideal way to catch trophy trout. Time will tell if it can be done on my preferred hardware.
Last thoughts on this book
If you have catching trophy trout on your list of things to do before you die, then I definitely would suggest you pick up a copy of Big Trout. If all you are ever going to target is planter trout in stocked lakes, you can let it go by. It is too technical and sophisticated for those fish.