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: Read Any Good Books Lately?

10-18-2001, 05:33 PM
Wife's dragging me on a cruise in a couple of weeks and I need to order a couple of books to while away the hours with. Any recommendations (fishing related of course)?

Fred A.

10-18-2001, 07:09 PM
In no particular order...

Anything by Gierach!
Angler's Coast - Russell Chatham (thanks Howzer!)
Steelhead Country - Steve Raymond
River never sleeps - Haig Brown
The Armchair Angler - Terry Brykcznski (looks good, haven't read it)
See striblue for the recommendations re: Joe Brooks

10-19-2001, 01:30 AM
...anything by Steve Raymond as a matter of fact.

Tod D
10-19-2001, 08:44 AM
Fred - Admittedly, these are not fishing-related, but I just finished both & found them (for better or worse) fascinating given events of the past month:

'Guns, Germs & Steel' - Jared Diamond
'From Beirut to Jerusalem' - Thomas Friedman

Diamond writes about the evolution of societies and how they were affected by climate, geography etc. Pretty heavy, but fascinating stuff. Friedman writes about his time in Beirut & Jerusalem during the 70s and 80s. Book was written in '89 (I think), but sadly the themes are still the same today. Post 9/11, I couldn't put it down during my free time.

Not quite up to NYTimes Book Review standards, but there's my story and I'm sticking with it...

John Desjardins
10-19-2001, 09:07 AM
The most recent books on fishing I have read are:

"First Cast: Teaching Kids to Fly-Fish" Phil Genova - This book has a different approach on how to hook kids on fly fishing, start them out by tying flies.

"Trout" Joe Brooks - A reprint of a classic.
"The Fishermans Ocean" David Ross - I need to read it again for all the info to sink in.

I'll second Juro's recommendation of anything by John Gierach.

10-19-2001, 09:16 AM
Fred.. I just finished two books.. "In Harm's Way" the story of the USS Indianapolis... great for a cruise. And "Flags of of Fathers" the story of the 6 guys who hoistered the Flag and famous Photo on Iwo Jima.. Really about the battle of Iwo Jima.

Dble Haul
10-19-2001, 10:05 AM
I'm about half way through Ed Mitcell's latest book, "Flyfishing the Saltwater Shoreline". It's much more thorough than his first book, especially the section on bonito and false albacore. It also has a section on sight fishing flats, a topic that was barely covered before. It's a pretty educational and entertaining read.


10-19-2001, 07:14 PM
Hi Fred, I just bought Al Caolo new book "Sight-Fishing for Striped Bass" He must know something about Sight fishing, in the 2000 World Record Game Fishes he had two records on Striped Bass Saltwater Flyrod, 2lb tippet 12 lb Striper, 4lb tippet 19 lbs 8 oz. Both taken in RI, Napatree, and Misquamicut Beach. Technical Book. Have a good trip Fred.

Bob Pink
10-20-2001, 09:29 AM
The River Why, David Duncan
A 'coming of age' story in the context of a fishing family in the pacific nw. Nice read!

10-23-2001, 04:29 PM
Thanks much for the recomendations. Got a second from GordonH on "Guns, Germs and Steel". Maybe this winter. Mitchell's "Flyrodding the Coast" is my "goto howto" book. I'm going to pick up his latest. Based on my fishing the past month or so I need all the help I can get getting up the slippery, shallow slope at the bottom of the learning curve. I'll also bring "Fisherman's Ocean" to reread. On the lighter side, I have several LeCarre novels I havn't finished or started. I'll take one of them.

Otherwise, a great list to pick from for this winters reading.

Fred A

10-24-2001, 09:51 AM
Fred..don't forget one By Tom McGuane (sp?) The Longest Silence

Dble Haul
10-24-2001, 09:56 AM
Fred- I noticed that you said Mitcell's first book is your "go to" for saltwater. If you don't already have them, Lou Tabory's two books ("Inshore Flyfishing" and "Flyfishing for Striped Bass") are also excellent. There's a lot of overlap between Mitchell and Tabory, but I find that it just strengthens the knowledge when it's given by more than one person. Also, they each have areas that don't overlap, where you can learn different spins on common techniques and issues.


10-24-2001, 10:15 AM
I have the Taboury books and agree. I like them all. I give a very slight edge to Mitchells' book for the way its organized and tightly written - just my opinion at this time. I probably refer to all three with equal frequency.