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Recommendations from 13 articles, Joe Martin, M. Sanjayan.
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A River Runs through It and Other Stories
Norman MacLean - May 16, 2017 (first published in 1976)
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When Norman Maclean sent the manuscript of A River Runs through It and Other Stories to New York publishers, he received a slew of rejections. One editor, so the story goes, replied, “it has trees in it.” Forty years later, the title novella is recognized as one of the great American tales of the twentieth century, and Maclean as one of the most be...
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The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide, Revised
Tom Rosenbauer - May 01, 2017 (first published in 1984)
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The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide is the best-selling book for fly anglers! Whether you're a soon-to-be fly fisher looking for the right book to get you started or you're reasonably proficient at the sport and need a refresher course on tying knots for saltwater or the latest info on how to care for your waders or how to fish a dry fly in tricky currents...
Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die
Chris Santella - Jun 01, 2004
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Presenting 50 of the world's finest locations for fly fishing, the author describes the essence of fishing in exotic and beautiful locations. From Cuba to Kamchatka or the Florida Keys to Mongolia, this guide provides the information and inspiration for a more ambitious fishing adventure....
The Longest Silence
Thomas McGuane - Feb 12, 2019 (first published in 1999)
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From the highly acclaimed author of Ninety-two in the Shade and Cloudbursts comes a collection of alternately playful and exquisite essays borne of a lifetime spent fishing. The forty pieces in The Longest Silence--including seven collected here for the first time--take the reader from the tarpon of Florida to the salmon of Iceland, from the bonefi...
The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing
Kirk Deeter - May 01, 2010
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Kirk Deeter of Field & Stream and Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post, crack open their notebooks and share expert advice on flies, casting, reading the water, and much more.The mission of The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing is to demystify and un-complicate the tricks and tips that make a great trout fisher. There are no complicated physics lessons h...
Basic Fishing
A Beginner's Guide
Wade Bourne - Apr 07, 2015
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A great beginner’s guide for new fishermen and those who want to learn to fish for fun, with advice on tackle, bait, boats, accessories, and more.New to fishing and have no idea how to start? With Basic Fishing, you’ll be an accomplished angler in no time at all. Expert angler and award-winning outdoor writer Wade Bourne was taught to fish by his f...
Fishing for Dummies
Peter Kaminsky - May 10, 2011 (first published in 1997)
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Make fishing easier and more rewarding every time you pick up your rod and reel No one can promise that you will catch fish all the time. For as long as we've been catching fish, fish have been outsmarting us. But there are tips and pointers that even the most seasoned anglers can pick up!Fishing For Dummies helps you prepare for what awaits beyond...
The Total Fishing Manual
318 Essential Fishing Skills (Field & Stream)
Joe Cermele - Apr 25, 2017
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When it comes to fishing, nobody knows more than the writers and editors at Field & Stream magazine--unless it's the local guides, prizewinners, and other experts they interviewed for this book. The Total Fishing Manual is chock full of 318 field-tested tools, techniques and tactics, collected and written by the Field & Stream editors and accompani...
L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing
MacAuley Lord - Jan 01, 2006 (first published in 2001)
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The Lyons Press is proud to present The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing, an exciting full-color book for beginning and expert fly anglers alike. Brought to you in conjunction with L.L. Bean, America's most trusted name in outdoor apparel, and written by unquestioned experts in the field, this book is divided into four essential parts--Genera...
The River Why
David James Duncan - Mar 29, 2016 (first published in 1983)
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The classic novel of fly fishing and spirituality republished with a new Afterword by the author. Since its publication in 1983, The River Why has become a classic. David James Duncan's sweeping novel is a coming-of-age comedy about love, nature, and the quest for self-discovery, written in a voice as distinct and powerful as any in American letter...
All Fishermen Are Liars
John Gierach - Apr 28, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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This “elegiac tribute to the elusive art and ineffable pleasure of fly-fishing” (Kirkus Reviews) shows us why life’s most valuable lessons—and some of its best experiences—are found while fly-fishing.For John Gierach, “the master of fly-fishing” (Sacramento Bee), fishing is always the answer—even when it’s not clear what the question is. In All Fis...
Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes, Second Edition by Lawrence M. Page
History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty Flies by Ian Whitelaw
The Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Leaders, and Lines by Lindsey Philpott
The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing by Tom Rosenbauer
Simple Fly Fishing by Yvon Chouinard
Fly Fishing for Beginners by Chris Hansen
Double Whammy by Carl Hiaasen
The Citizen's Guide to Planning by Christopher Duerksen