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Fishing Smarter for Trout



Fishing Smarter for Trout.

A Guide to catching more trout in New Zealand.

Tony Bishop

250mm x 190mm

183pp colour and b/w photos

1998 reprinted 2002

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Fishing Smarter for Trout

A Guide to catching more trout in New Zealand

Tony Bishop



No matter how you fish for trout, fly fishing, spinning, jigging, trolling or harling, this book will help you catch fish more often.


“Here is a piece of information all fishermen need to know – at any one time, trout are found in less than 10% of the water they live in – often in less than 10%.  This is an important piece of information.  In any river, stream or lake only 10 percent of less of all that water will contain trout.”


If you want to become one of the 10% of fishermen who catch 90% of the fish you need to know where trout can be found more often, and then how to fish for them when you find them.


Tony Bishop has fished for over forty years and written monthly fishing columns for over nine years.  First for the New Zealand Fishing News and then, and currently, the New Zealand Fisherman. His first fishing book ‘Fishing Smarter’ was published in 1997, and reprinted in 1998.  He has appeared on numerous fishing programmes on television, and hosted radio programmes.


Many of Tony’s articles and stories have a recurrent theme – an exploration of the many factors that determine the difference between success and failure to catch fish.


Tony started fishing as a youngster around Christchurch, then around the mouth of the Waimakariri River, where his family lived for a time.  Then trips throughout the South Island followed.  In his late teens the family moved to Auckland.  Despite working in the hectic world of marketing and sales management and helping to raise three sons, Tony managed to fit in plenty of fishing, both around New Zealand and overseas.


Finally opting out of the “corporate lunacy”, for eight years till mid 1996 Tony owned and operated one of New Zealand’s most well known tackle shops, Just Fishin’, in Auckland.


Tony has a website: where further articles and fishing information can be found.



First Published 1998