Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Dustin Bise, Mar 30, 2010.
Great choices. Ditto on Raymond and Haig Brown. Nick Lyons Full Creel is also good.
The anglers coast by Russel Chatham
The river Why.
Tying and fisahing the soft hackled syl Neemes
Nathan works with my wife at a company here in Spokane. I spoke with him several times before realizing he had a book published.
He really knows his stuff, and some of the pictures of slabs he has caught.... I dont even want to start haha.
I enjoy any "how to" fly fishing books written by true authorities in their fields. Fly Fishing Coastal Cutthroat Trout (Les Johnson) and Fly Fishing for Pacific Salmon II - (Ferguson, Johnson) and most recently Lake Fly-fishing Manifesto by Mike Croft are recent favorites.
One thing I really hate are philosophical discussions on "why we fish" or similar topics unless done in good humor. Examples of good humor include any of Patrick McManus' works.
Deep, Deeper, abd Deepest thoghts by Jack Handey.
With what's going on in our world today, my head and heart need a break.
Curtis Creek Manifesto - great book for a beginner
An Angler's Guide to Aquatic Insects and Their Imitations for All North America - got me addicted to bugs. This is a great one to read in the airport to freak people out.
A Hatch Guide for Western Streams I carry this one with me on every trip.
That being said - I think I have too much book knowledge and not enough time on the river. I spend more time seining the river and searching my boxes for that perfect fly rather than just loading up and working the water.
That's why Curtis Creek is at the top of the list. It's a great must have digest for the beginner like myself. It doesn't overload with a bunch of knowledge that would just be confusing without a good amount of experience on the water.
Take a look at Lake Fishing with a Fly by Cordes and Kaufman. This was
the book that got me dialed into lake fishing 20 years ago. If you are new to
FFing lakes start here.
Spoon Fishing for Steelhead by Bill Herzog started it all for me. I don't fish that way anymore, but it's the reason I have this disease.
I started reading The River Why, I have about 70 pages to go and frankly haven't had any desire to pick it up to finish it, which says alot.
Anything by John Geirach
"A good life wasted" Dave Ames
That's interesting, you're one of the few people I've seen respond to one of these threads about fly fishing books who has anything but the most overwhelming praise for The River Why. Personally, I think it's the poorest book David James Duncan has written and have never been able to understand why so many people seem to rank it as their favorite fly fishing book.
Trou Madness and Trout Magic.
I read them every spring and sometimes in the winter. My copy of Trout Madness is special as it is a first edition and my deceased grandmother bought it for me as a present years ago.
i'm surprised roderick haig-brown hasn't been mentioned more. That guy managed to capture the very essence of what it means to be a fisher in the northwest before any of the other authors mentioned. as a fly fisher it's your duty to read everything he's ever written.
I'm surprised this hasn't been listed yet, but I'll throw out Scott Waldie's "Travers Corners: Classic Stories About Fly Fishing and a Small Montana Town" and if you like that, go on it the two follow-up books. Great short stories about life in a small town, fly fishing, and growing older.
Steelhead Shangri-la blew my fucking mind.
Since this thread, I revisited A River Runs Throught It. Damn good book. Why? Great literature can tell a different story each time you read it. To me, Maclean makes Hemingway look like a wannabe. Been a long time to reread a classic.