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A Flyfisher's Guide to Giant Trevally

Catching a giant trevally (or ‘GT’) on a fly rod is the pinnacle of flats fishing: highly challenging, requiring skill, preparation and courage. This is the first comprehensive guide to giant trevally fishing on the fly.

The giant trevally is an apex predator, and the way it operates is nothing less than brutal. These ‘gangsters of the flats’ are like packs of hoodlums marauding across the atolls and shallow estuaries. Hunting for trevally in the harsh environment they inhabit needs a certain resolve. The flyfisher’s first encounter with a giant trevally will be an electrifying experience. A GT can destroy tackle and ego, leaving all in its wake.

But once you’ve caught one, GT flyfishing is an experience that any angler will want to repeat.

    • How to catch them
    • Tackle and equipment
    • Which flies to use
    • Winning tactics
    • Best destinations     
           including: Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius, Australia, South  
           Africa, Oman, Mozambique, Sudan and many more.


Full leather edition, hand-bound in elegant dark teal leather, by the finest English craftsmen in Ludlow, Shropshire. All the elements of beautifully bound books have been incorporated, including:

• Hand-made Jemma Lewis endpapers 
• Silver silk ribbon marker
• Blue/white head & tail bands   
• Raised bands on spine
• Set head and tails
• Gilt heads           
• Silver blocked on spine and front    
• Rounded and backed           
• Protected in top quality marine blue slipcase   
• Bound-in limited edition flyleaf


These books are individually crafted and the materials are hand-made to order – nevertheless, we aim to deliver books within, on average, six weeks of receipt of payment. 

Author: Peter McLeod
ISBN: 978 1 910723 33 3
Published: September 2016
Format: 246 x 189 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 224
230 colour photographs
Price: £250.00

GT hand-made Jemma Lewis endpaper
GT hand-made Jemma Lewis endpaper

Press reviews

Reviewed in Fin Chasers Magazine in September 2015

'Peter McLeod writes with great insight and authority, and throughout the book he feeds the reader with generous amounts of practical information which will make the difference between success and failure on your next giant trevally expedition.'

Reviewed by Tim Harden of Venturing Angler in September 2016

'Not only is GT – A Flyfisher’s Guide to Giant Trevally the first book on the subject, it will remain unparalleled and the resource for decades to come….It sets a standard for what a fly fishing book should be. McLeod leaves no topic untouched.'

Reviewed in Flyfisher's Journal in December 2016

'The book has been well researched and is up to date: it will act as a bible to someone who has yet to experience even sighting a GT.'

Reviewed in Vagabond Fly Magazine in February 2017

'Put simply, every fly fisher should read GT – A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Giant Trevally.

Peter McLeod has been chasing these fly-destroyers over many years at various pristine destinations and his experience, understanding and respect for the mighty GT, all gathered on the battlefield, is perfectly captured in GT – A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Giant Trevally.'

Reviewed in The Angling Report in January 2017

'A comprehensive guide to catching giant trevally that will satisfy the novice and expert angler alike. A complete novice will finish this book and have a firm understanding of what is needed to successfully land a GT. An expert will walk away with the small details that sometimes mean the difference between a fun day on the water and landing the trophy of a lifetime.'

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