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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-20-2006, 01:22 AM Thread Starter
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My favourite 12 fishing books

Kush's thread got me thinking about what fishing books really are my favourites, so I spent a while browsing my library with that in mind. I tried to end up with a "top ten" but had to settle for an even dozen. Even that required some difficult choices and there's a lot of very good books that almost made the list. Any ways, here's my list (in alphabetical order, by author):

Coombs, Steelhead Fly Fishing
Duncan, The River Why?
Gierach, Death, Taxes and Leaky Waders (couldn't decide which of his books I liked best so went for his anthology)
Haig-Brown, A River Never Sleeps
Haig-Brown, Fly Fisherman's Fall (couldn't pick just one of Haig-Brown's 29 titles)
Leeson, Habit of Rivers
Maclean, River Runs Through It
McGuane, The Longest Silence
Middleton, Earth is Enough
Raines, Fly Fishing Through the Mid-Life Crisis
Raymond, Kamloops
Richardson, Lee Richardson's BC

Not much "how-to-catch-'em" here, but all highly recommended..

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Arnold: Steelhead Water
Coombs: Steelhead Fly Fishing
Duncan: The River Why?
Gierach: Trout Bum
Haig-Brown: A River Never Sleeps
Leeson: Habit of Rivers
Maclean: River Runs Through It
McGuane: An Outside Chance
McLennan: Blue Ribbon Bow
McMillan: Dry Line Steelhead and other subjects
Raymond: Kamloops
Waller: River of Dreams



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My dozen --

Duncan -- The River Why
Combs -- Steelhead Fly Fishing
Haig-Brown -- Seasons of a Fisherman
Arnold -- Steelhead Water
Arnold -- Steelhead and the Floating Line
Maclean -- A River Runs Through It
McGuane -- The Longest Silence
McRae -- Northfork Redemption
Wahl - One Man's Steelhead Shangi-La
Wahl and Haig-Brown - Come Wade the River
Rose -- The Color of Winter
Shewey -- Spey Flies and Dee Flies

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Lots of really good ones in the posts above, and some new ones to read.

I'd also suggest - from an Irish perspective - A Man May Fish by T.C. Kingsmill-Moore. It's not too heavy on the "how to catch them aspect" but he could write. His descriptions of the fly-fishing in the West of Ireland, especially, have yet to be bettered.
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Robert Traver (the pen name of John Voelker) also wrote "Trout Madness" and "Trout Magic" and is definitely one of the most respected fly fishing essay writers from the 1960's and 70's. Most of his stories centre in Michigan's upper penninsula, which is probably why he's not quite so popular in the west as the east. Not sure if his books are still in print, but there's lot's of used ones around...

I'm in the middle of Howell Raine's (author of "Fly fishing though the mid-life crisis") newest book, "The one that got away." So far, very enjoyable. Will report back once I get a chance to finish it.

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Based on your recommendation Poul, I decided to re-read Flyfishing through the Midlife Crisis. When I first read it some 10-12 years ago I was less than impressed as I didn't think it had much to do with fishing. Now that I'm much closer to mid-life, I can see that it wasn't supposed to. A very enjoyable read! Thanks.

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Poul,

looks like I have to borrow that book...



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Good thread! I see some I need to add to my reading list.


3 days of over 100 deg here in Oregon! Time to stay inside with air conditioning and a good book :

Currently reading "Pale Morning Done" by Jeff Hull. Not much instruction, but a pretty good novel about Montana and fly fishing palemorningdone.com

Next on the list is Return to Travers Corners
The Travers Corners series by Scott Waldie are also pretty good novels for a hot summer day.

Anything by Gierach is always a good read
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Robert Traver
Nick Lyons
Hemmingway
Haig-Brown

The best fishing is always found in books!

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Dana,
Which book?
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Flyfishing through the Midlife Crisis



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book

Dana,
I'll send you the book, just Email me your address.
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Some excellent reads mentioned!

Russell Chatham's An Angler's Coast and Dark Waters are both good collections of story telling without telling any where to/how to/when to, -one might say literature instead of a guide book.

Papa Hemingway also has a fishing story or two I've heard.
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I read Chatham's books this spring up on the Skeena and they were excellent.



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where are some of the classic's like??

the western angler by rh brown

steelhead to the fly, van fleet



and a new one everyone should read Steelhead flyfishing nez perce country
snake river tributaries.

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When I have more time I'll edit this and maybe add to it. But for now, off the top of my head:


Brown: A River Never Sleeps
Chatham: Angler's Coast
Combs: Steelhead Fly Fishing
Lachatowich:Salmon Without Rivers
Lee: Tying & Fishing the Riffling Hitch
Leeson: Habit of Rivers
Shewey: Spey Flies & Dee Flies
Scott: Greased Line Fishing for Salmon & Steelhead
Wahl & Brown: Come Wade the River

Some day I'd like to read Bill McMillan's Dry Line Steelhead and other subjects, Ralph Wahl's One Man's Steelhead Shangi-La and, of course the classic, Fine & Far off. Ha, fat chance I'll ever see that one.

Update: I managed to find Dry Line Steelhead & Fine & Far Off in the library system.
Update: I just scored on a hard copy of Ralph Wahl's One Man's Steelhead Shangi-La

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