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Each Christmas, my wife buys me a new book to kick back and enjoy whilst waiting for the new season to commence in March.

I was wondering if there were any recommendations from the board community...?

Obviously, there are hundreds, if not thousands of titles out there so here are three of my recommendations:

"Trout from small streams" David Hughes (ISBN 0-8117-0031-2)
This is the perfect book if short rods, light lines and modest sized trout are your thing, this is my kind of fishing... and I always keep this book close to hand.

"The small stream dry fly - a new and radical approach"
Lou Stevens (ISBN 1-904057-24-1)
Again, light stream/river fishing, but with a more technical/academic focus and including a section on micro-dries.

"The old man and the sea" Ernest Hemingway (ISBN 978-0-099-27396-7)
The heroic tale of an old man, a young boy and a giant fish.  Won the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature

Would love to hear of any classic stuff that easy enough to pick up online, as well as contemporary titles that cover wild trout from small running water.

Apologies if this repeats an earlier/previous post.

Peace, out...


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I'm a huge fan of John Gierach, and whilst you may not learn much from his books he will entertain you!

I find the problem with most Fly Fishing books is, they always start at the basic's (Except Bob's excellent book)

So for the first few chapters they all read the same. The fish, the tackle, casting, entomology etc.

So if you have one good reference book, all this is doubled up. A good two thirds of the book is wasted! Its very difficult for a writer to make this sound any different from the last book written on the subject.

Hence why i recommend J.G. He does no go into tackle as such, but writes about trips, holidays and friends.

Maybe your wife could buy you a decent dvd ( the new books?)

I recommed the Trout Bum series. The Angling exploraton group. In one they fish Patagonia, and in two New Zealand.

For me they hit the spot, I loved them. And they made me want to go fishing!

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Thanks Richard,

Know what you mean about books and repetition.  The Lou Stevens book is good because he provides specialist insight and tactical advice, and the David Hughes book is just a really engaging read.

I have seen the trailers for the Trout Bum Diaries films, I love their trout-punk attitude.  Maybe this is the way to go.

John Gierach's "Trout Bum" is on order...

Thanks again, appreciate your thoughts.


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John Goddard - The fly patterns of

or Fly Fishing Techniques.

Neit Patterson's Chalk Stream Chronicles is good, but I find his anecdotes and humour irritating.

Why not learn to tie flies instead, you only need two patterns:

Pheasant Tail Nymph

Deer Hair caddis thingy.


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The longest Silence by Thomas McGuane if you haven't already read it is great.

Fly Fishin Fool by James Babb


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Game fish of the world, collected stories (1949)
With contributions by:
Leander J. MCormick
Van Campen Heilner
S Kip Farrington
Ernest Hemingway, to name a few. It isn't strictly about fly fishing, but there's enough there to make it worthy of any fly fisher's wishlist. Stories about early encounters with Mahseer (even on fly), tiger fish and goliath and tucanaré (Peacock bass).

edited by Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald and Fransesca Lamonte, published by Nicholson & Watson (1949)



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Bottom photo looks very much like an Arapiama.

I liked Charles Rangley Wilsons last book " The Acidental Angler" all fly fishing based, some great stories about bahamas and grayling in france , something for everyone in there.
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You're right, bottom fish is an arapaima.
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Anything by Gary LaFontaine.

He was the mad scientist of fly fishing.

Pure genious.


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I second all of the above, I am also a huge fan of both Gierach and Lafontaine.

My all time favourite may be Vince Marinaro's "In the Ring of the Rise", and also his "Modern Dryfly Code". I had to buy seconds of them both, since I had worn them out.

Saltwater; Dick Brown's now classic "Flyfishing for Bonefish".

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