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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 02-14-2014, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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Dry Line Steelhead and Other Subjects by Bill McMillan

I have been doing some reading and going through some steel heading books and thought that I would check this book out. So I google it and the prices for this book are outrageous. On Amazon the lowest price for this book is about $1500 dollars. Does this sound right to you guys? This must be a tough find.
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I've not idea what it is selling for. I've had my copy for many, many years and have no intention of parting with it.
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So first things first, this is an awesome read. It's a sad truth that wih out of print books people can ask whatever they want for them. I lucked out and got one of bates books last week for about $80! Every other time I have looked they have bee about $450!!!

I guess the only thing to say is save your cash for when a good deal pops up...

Or borrow a buddies if your that lucky
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You should be able to locate (by watching closely) a decent PB at less than 100.00

Fantastic read.. one of the best.

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I bought my copy in the past few years for around $100. It was used but in great shape.
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It sells pretty quickly in the classified for $80- $100.00, a few every year.
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Several years ago, when I was also looking for this book, an unusual hit came up. It was SOLIS, Southern Oregon Library Information System. Grants Pass & Gold Hill. Huh, what?

So I drive downtown to Medford library and inquire about this. Turns out to be correct, each of these libraries has a copy on hand. By simply obtaining a library card (free) I can have the book sent to my (Central Point) library where I can check it out for 14 days at a time. What a deal.

As I was about to leave, I turned around and asked "you wouldn't happen to have a copy of Fine & Far Off by Jock Scott floating around in the system would you"? A few key strokes later, "there is one at the college in Portland,,,would you like to have it sent to Central Point as well"? Silly question.

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Dry Line Steelhead

I found a nice hard cover recently, but didn't get it cheap. Have a soft cover as well and may hold on to it for a while. Appears to be a relatively good investment at this point. Amazing what some of these books bring. Just picked up a signed hard cover copy of Steelhead Water as folks have spoken highly of it. It appears to be going through a similar value jump.
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Bob Arnold's Steelhead Water is in my top 10 with ease! The list is just that,10 books. I wouldn't be able to place them numerically. Very good investment.. enjoy

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Not spamming just passing along a google find: http://www.flyfishingbooksforever.com/name.asp?lett=M
said $175
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Interesting that some folks would mention my good friend Bob Arnold's STEELHEAD WATER. I've had this book since it was first printed. In fact, it was a gift from Bob to me, just like my copy of his STEELHEAD AND THE FLOATING LINE. I never have gotten him to sign STEELHEAD WATER, but he signed the other one before he gave it to me. Both are cherished books not only because the were written by a very good friend, but also because they are both excellent books on steelhead fishing.

I also have Bob's COUNTRY/CITY: A YEAR AT THE RIVER. This is not a fishing book, it is rather a chronicle of one year in Bob's life during the time his father was dying of cancer. It is a special book to me because Bob is such a good friend, but unless a person knows Bob fairly well, or reads the book for what it is: the chronicle of what his emotions and thought life were like during a year while Bob was watching his father die, he will be greatly disappointed.
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Bob Arnold's Steelhead and the Floating Line was the first book I ever purchased with steelhead as the principal format. It was a good read but seemed quite foreign to common practice in our region (then; and with good cause) I re-read it at least 3 times through the years and each time it seemed like a new fresh book. My level of understanding what he was saying had grown and the mind was more open.

In my opinion Steelhead and the Floating Line would compliment Dry Line Steelhead very well.

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I am so glad to see the current surge of interest in Bill McMillan's classic book. I hope the OP and other folks searching find copies of this relevant book at reasonable prices. Even though it contains articles dating back to the early seventies, Bill's teaching of a fishing ethic of self restraint, conservation, and the truths of the negative impacts of hatchery management are so pertinent in todays culture where promotion of harvest opportunity blurrs examination of ourselves and what really needs to be done to allow nature to heal herself and wild steelhead and salmon to recover.

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Amato Publishing

They are the publisher of the Dry Line Steelhead. I recently emailed them about reprinting it. They said they were looking at it. If everyone who wants one emails them, our chances will improve.

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Got a Reply from Frank Amato

He said he's asked the author for an updated version of the book, but that it might take several years. I have no concept of what it costs to reprint a book, but if enough people express an interest in getting one, it should improve all of our chances.

By the way, the link for Fly Fishing Books Forever doesn't work on my computer (a Mac). Anyone have a phone number or address for them?

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