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GrannomMarch 13th, 2008, 11:39 am
Northwest PA

Posts: 87
I am looking for some reading. What does everyone here like? Also, I am not asking about informational books... Preferably, something with some meaning, which requires some analysis.

"Be calm - you're there..." "...Tell yourself there's no rush, even if there is."

-John Gierach
TroutnutMarch 13th, 2008, 12:00 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Ernest Schwiebert
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
TaxonMarch 13th, 2008, 12:54 pm
Site Editor
Royse City, TX

Posts: 1350
How about the Holy Bible? I suspect that would satisfy your criteria.
Best regards,
Roger Rohrbeck
TroutnutMarch 13th, 2008, 2:06 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
Nah... best to stick to Schwiebert.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
GrannomMarch 13th, 2008, 2:24 pm
Northwest PA

Posts: 87
I didn't realize that my "criteria" was so very specific.
"Be calm - you're there..." "...Tell yourself there's no rush, even if there is."

-John Gierach
FlybyknightMarch 13th, 2008, 2:34 pm
Milton, DE

Posts: 82
Oh you found my button and pushed!
No other sport is so replete with esoteric literature as fly fishing!
In humility I could refer you to 108 authors who have made documented and proven positive contributions to our sport and still exclude the horde of B.S. artists.
But here is a sampling to get you going.
I'll break it down thusly:

"Country Contentments" Gervase Markam 1631


"Troutfishing from All Angles" Eric Travener, 1929


"A Modern Dry Fly Code" Vincent Marinaro, 1950
"Matching the Hatch" Ernest Schwiebert, 1955

My recommendation for starters"

"Trout" Ray Bergman, 1952
"The Practical Fly Fisherman" A. J. McClane, 1953


Fly Fishing, Some New Arts & Mysteries" J.C. Mottram
London, The Field Press, 1915


"Selective Trout" Doug Swisher and Carl Richards,
Crown Publishers, 1971

Please let us know of your progress.


Lightly on the dimpling eddy fling;
the hypocritic fly's unruffled wing.
Thomas Scott
WbranchMarch 13th, 2008, 5:20 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
"How about the Holy Bible? I suspect that would satisfy your criteria."

Amen Taxon
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfMarch 13th, 2008, 8:32 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
What Matt and Taxon said, and anything by Nick Lyons.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Shawnny3March 14th, 2008, 8:21 am
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
Personal favorite: The River Why, by David James Duncan.

THE classic: The Compleat Angler, by Isaak Walton.

Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
LittleJMarch 14th, 2008, 10:35 am
Hollidaysburg Pa

Posts: 251
anything written by John Gierach. It's not informative, nor is there really any deep meaning, but they are very entertaining.

edit- i should have read your signature, i assume you've already read his books.
SofthackleMarch 14th, 2008, 10:40 am
Site Editor
Wellsville, NY

Posts: 540
I'd like to suggest TROUT HUNTING by Bob Wyatt. There's a lot within the pages. It's entertaining, informative, thought provoking, gives some great fly dressings and has some great photos of flies taken by Hans Weilenmann. Of the most recent books I've read on the subject of fly fishing, I've enjoyed this book the most. It has a little of everything.

For shear enjoyment and entertainment:



Happy reading,
"I have the highest respect for the skilled wet-fly fisherman, as he has mastered an art of very great difficulty." Edward R. Hewitt

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