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best fly or fishing novels

Hy everyone , want to know good fishing novels.
saw in movies " when the river runs" probably there are many others.
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I've not much original on this as the novella of "A River Runs Through It" really is the standard bearer that all others are trying to touch. Don't let this turn you off, but it is a fine book about fly-fishing written as a Shakespearean tragedy that follows theories in Aristotle's Poetics.
Also, look up the "Nick Adams" short stories by Ernest Hemingway: in it is the excellent "Big Two-Hearted River."
As always, the best fiction about fly-fishing isn't really about fly-fishing.
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Anything from Rodrick Haig Brown!

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The River Why
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I agree. Another is River in the Sun which occurs on the Deschutes.

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It’s a bit more memoir and short pieces, but Tom McGuane’s The Longest Silence
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Holding Lies and Northwest of Normal by John Larison. Larison is a former steelhead guide, and wrote an excellent steelhead book. And his new novel, Whiskey When We're Dry, non fishing related, is one of my favorite books I read this year.

The Keith McCafferty series, protagonist Sean Stranahan is a fly fishing guide/painter in Montana. Keith is a member on here, though his handle escapes me at the moment.
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The Old Man and the Sea
a moveable feast
true at first light
big two hearted river
islands in the stream

and just a generally good book about the ocean and sailing the world at the turn of the century
The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss
by John Claus Voss
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The Earth is Enough by Harry Middleton.
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Some of the best flyfishing fiction is written by Keith McCafferty who is an occasional visitor to this board. His Sean Stranahan novels are set in Montana and are truly a good read. I think he has done seven of them to this point.

I've seen threads like this before on other sites and, unfortunately, what are usually recommended are books of essays with perhaps a few short stories (which are fiction.) Tom McGuane, John Gierach, David Ames, and many others are great authors, but for the most part it's not fiction, let alone novels. Mc Guane did do 92 in the Shade which is saltwater flyfishing fiction, but his other novels are not FF related to my recall.

Most of the FF novels, or novels by what are usually regarded as flyfishing writers, are "whodunnits." Most are quite good. William Tapply has a whole series of novels that are in addition to his fine collections of essays. John Galligan has done a few, including The Blood Knot. If you're interested in fishing, but it doesn't have to be flyfishing, Crunch and Des is terrific, although more accurately referred to as a collection of short stories all based on the same characters. It does read very much like a novel, though.

Enjoy your winter of reading!
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Not exactly novels, but amazing fishing books by the late Fred Buller; historical accounts of oversized pike and salmon.

I have been dipping into and still discovering things anew in The Domesday Book of Mammoth Pike, including accounts of fly caught specimens from the early 1900's.

Also enjoying, and have almost finished, a hefty tome: The Domesday Book of Giant Salmon, which documents some monsters and the epic stories of their capture. There is a Volume 2 which I should find at some point.

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If you like pathos and comedy, maybe check out "The Trout Whisperers." Full disclosure: I wrote it.
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"Mexico Returns" - by Mexico Returns (it's on Amazon, proceeds go to BFTT)

edit: it's a collection of short stories, but it's (sort of) fiction
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The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing
Thomas McGuane

Habit of Rivers: Reflections On Trout Streams And Fly Fishing
Ted Leeson

A Modern Dry-Fly Code
Vincent C. Marinaro

The Dry Fly: New Angles
Gary Lafontaine

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Great list...

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The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing
Thomas McGuane

Habit of Rivers: Reflections On Trout Streams And Fly Fishing
Ted Leeson

A Modern Dry-Fly Code
Vincent C. Marinaro

The Dry Fly: New Angles
Gary Lafontaine
Habit of Rivers has got to be one of the best ever written! Iím partial to Oregon authors(and adventures) anyway, but Leeson definitely takes you on a journey. I could read it over and over!
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