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Here is a list of great books for winter reading for fly fishermen.  These represent a good value because the best books with their great enjoyable stories can be re-read over many winters.  Many of these books can be purchased used on Amazon, keeping your costs down to a minimum.  Better yet, you could request or give them for a Christmas gift.  The following is a list of some of my favorite books, and you might add or comment on a few of your favorites as well. 

“The Longest Silence” by Thomas McGuane.

“Fools Paradise”, “At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman”, “Death, Taxes and Leaky Waders” (contains selections from 6 different books), all by John Gierach.

“A River Runs Through It”, by Norman Maclean.

“Fly Fishing the Worm “Hatch”, by Woody Mills.

“The Founding Fish”, by John Mcphee (Shad)

“An Entirely Synthetic Fish”, by Anders Halverson (story of the rainbow trout).

“The Most Important Fish in the Sea”, by Bruce Franklin. (menhaden and America)

“Running Silver, Restoring Atlantic Rivers”, by John Waldman.

 

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Blues by John Hersey. Good read and lots of great recipes throughout the book that are integrated into the storylines. Keep some sticky tabs handy to bookmark them.

Trash Fish: A Life by Greg Keeler. Funny and very entertaining. 

 

Also if you have not read it, you need to read the classic Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America.

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Great topic. Here's a couple I enjoyed recently:

 

The Big One (Martha's Vineyard Derby history) - David Kinney

Body of Water (Bahamas bonefish history) - Chris Dombrowski

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nice list JohnP! Some great ones in there.... 

 

currently reading "My Life Was This Big" by Lefty Kreh.... 

 

I will also second The River Why, by David James Duncan,,, also check out My Story As Told By Water by the same author (not necessarily a fishing book, but worth reading anyways).

 

Also, The View From Lazy Point, by Carl Safina is great. 

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Ninety Two in the Shade by Tom McGuane

Tarpon Quest and Fishing Came First by John N Cole

All the books by Roderick Haig Brown

These books are all literature that can also be enjoyed by people who don’t share our affliction.

JC

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The Angler's Coast and Dark Waters by Russell Chatham

Fisherman's Winter by Haig-Brown

On Celtic Tides and Southern Exposure by Chris Duff, which are not about fishing but about circumnavigating Ireland and New Zealand by kayak. Solo. Amazing adventure reads...

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Whoops, meant to include picture of On the Run, by David Dibenedetto5a0fa483b7b79_51wT0h40VGL._SX330_BO1204203200_.jpg.6482c232af594c76d9549854ce217805.jpg. A tale of his following the Southern Migration of Striped Bass. Includes experiences with Jack Gartside and other memorable fishermen.

 

 

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2nd “On the Run”,  Easy, Fun read,   Read it when I first started surfcasting.   Introduced me to the  possibility of fly fishing the salt,  taught me a lot about striper habits,  and the crazy folks that fish for them.

 

Archie

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