In the fly fishing world we’re lucky to have some gifted writers who love (or loved) the sport as much as we do. Here are 7 books about fly fishing that we really like.
1. The Earth is Enough, by Harry Middleton
This is just a great story about a boy growing up and learning about life from some mentors who happen to fly fish.
2. A Passion for Steelhead, by Dec Hogan
Yes, Dec is a buddy of ours, but he’s also written the definitive modern book about fly fishing for steelhead. If you like anadromous fish, you need this one.
3. A River Runs Through It, by Norman Maclean
The movie had a big enough impact on the fly fishing world that those of us in the industry simply call it ‘The Movie’. The book is a lot better than the movie, and you should read it if you haven’t already.
4. Dream Fish and Road Trips, by Don Thomas
A collection of essays about fly fishing in Alaska, Montana, Christmas Island, Siberia, and even more places than that. According to the back cover, “If Hunter S. Thompson took up fly fishing, he’d eventually find Don Thomas.”
5. The River Why, by David James Duncan
This one might turn into ‘The Movie II’. A young man comes of age while chasing steelhead in the Pacific Northwest.
6. A River Never Sleeps, by Roderick Haig-Brown
It was written in 1946 by a guy who probably caught more steelhead than all of us reading this combined.
7. Bonefishing!, by Randall Kaufmann
Of our favorites, Bonefishing! is the much less of a story and much more of a technical manual. That being said, if you like catching bonefish, or you want to catch bonefish at some point, you’ll read a lot by picking up this book.
Which books about fly fishing do you like? Leave a comment and let us know.