10 Best Books About Fishing Update 05/2022

A fishing story is like the river that holds it. They are as old as the stories. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite fishing books to read when you’re not fishing.

During this time of year, it is fishing season. We can’t fish all the time because we have to work. After a long day of fun on the water, I like to relax in my hammock with a bottle of home-brewed beer and a good book. Is there anything that can make you want to have more fun on the water? A good fishing story will do the trick! This is what I think you should have on your shelves, in your fishing gear, or on your Kindle. These are the books I think are best for you. It’s also a good idea to get one if you don’t have one. Almost all of these books can be found in a lightweight and easy-to-carry e-format.

‘The River Why‘ by David James Duncan

After 35 years in print, David James Duncan’s “The River Why” still finds its way into the hands of anglers who have never read it before. Why? During the book, the spiritual nature of fishing is paired with the intricacies of family and growing up, as well as the process of redemption. Even a person who doesn’t know the book will love it. I read this book before fly fishing was a part of my life, but I still loved it. And that’s a sign that everyone likes it.

‘52 Rivers: A Woman’s Fly Fishing Journey‘ by Shelley Walchak

In 2013, a librarian named Shelley Walchak set out in her new camper to fish a new river every week for a year. She did this in her new camper. That’s the best idea ever. As a second thing, she wrote about each of these rivers. This book is both an adventure and a record of a place. For anglers who want to try new waters or build up their courage for a big trip, Walchak’s journey is sure to give them some ideas.

‘A River Runs Through It and Other Stories‘ by Norman Maclean

Listen. Anglers I know have mostly only seen the movie. I’m including this book because most anglers I know haven’t read or seen the book. In terms of length, the story itself is a 40-page novella. Robert Redford can do anything he wants. I don’t know how they made that into a 19-hour movie.

Maclean’s version is short and sweet, but it’s full of alcohol and beautiful writing. It’s great for a break on the river in the middle of the day. Of course, the first of three novellas in the book gets a lot of attention. But the two other stories in the book are treasures of time and place that show how humans connect with the natural world. Don’t write them off. And pick up this book. It’s a good and easy read.

‘The Longest Silence‘ by Thomas McGuane

The great Jim Harrison said that McGuane was the best fishing writer “in the history of mankind.” This isn’t a small thing for the prolific author, who wrote a lot. McGuane is also very busy on his own. In addition to being a novelist, screenwriter, and memoirist, the author of my favorite hunting essay of all time, he is also a great teacher through his books.

“The Longest Silence” is not the only one. A lot of stories about fishing are told by McGuane. He tells short stories about fishing for salmon, trout, bonefish, and other things. There are 40 stories that are always fish. As part of the BHA Podcast & Blast, Hal Herring talked to the legend about his amazing life, so if you want to hear him talk about it, you can listen.

‘Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing‘

If you want to read some of the best fishing stories ever written, this book has 31 of them. It’s a personal thing for me to love collections like this one because they often lead me to new authors I wouldn’t have found on my own.

To find out more about Pam Houston and her books, start with “In the Company of Men.” This book might show you her “A Rough Guide to the Heart.” A book called “Remembering Woody” might lead you to Guy de la Valdene’s book “On the Water.” So on and so on. In one place, you can find many new voices. This is a good thing. And “Astream” does the job.

‘Light Years: A Memoir‘ by Le Anne Schreiber

Le Anne Shreiber’s story of moving from the city to the country with the loss of her mother, father, and brother makes for a powerful and personal read.

Here, fly fishing is a common theme in the essays. Shreiber takes on a company that dumps waste into her father’s favorite trout stream. There should be a place on the shelf for her work, as well as in the group of sacred books that humans turn to when they’re having a hard time.

“The Old Man and The Sea” by Ernest Hemingway

Hemingway has been on the dashboards of pickup trucks used by trout bums for years. But it’s this small and powerful book that really shows the fisherman’s plight in all its glory.

Also the old fisherman who plays the main role in this book. If you want to read more Hemingway stories about fish, the University of Virginia has put both parts of his famous short story “Big Two-Hearted River” online for you.

‘Presenting the Fly: A Practical Guide to the Most Important Element of Fly Fishing‘ by Lefty Kreh

Joan Wulff taught us about the beauty of the cast, but Lefty Kreh shows us how to be in the right place, at the right time, and with the right fly. This is a large-format book that shows rather than tells, which makes it a good tool for people who like to see things.

It can be used by anglers who fish in both freshwater and saltwater. At 361 pages, it’s a big book of knowledge that should be read. He was an expert in his field, and this book lets us be his heirs. I will.

‘The Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing‘ by Henry Hughes

This little book is all about the more poetic side of fishing. Also, its small size makes it easy to put in your truck or by the bed.

With 250 pages of poetry, this book has something for anglers of all kinds. The wide range of authors, from Margaret Atwood to Yeats to Izaak Walton to Homer, is both impressive and interesting. Some of the best-known poets of all time have said that fishing is a great way to spend time with friends and family. Much, in fact.

‘History of Fly Fishing in Fifty Flies‘ by Ian Whitelaw

We’ve talked about fiction, memoirs, techniques, poetry, and essays. On the list, there is only history. Finally, in a beautiful book. It’s been more than two thousand years since flies hit the water. Ian Whitelaw sums it up in 50 flies.

In the book, it goes from the first flies made by people of Scottish and English ancestry to the spread of fly fishing across the world. A lot of the class is about how to tie flies, but the flies tell their own stories. He gives you a lot of information about how to build your own collection of historic flies, and he also gives you some advice on how to do it. Makes a great gift for a fisherman and a friend. It will also look great on the coffee table.

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