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: Any good new Steelhead Books

05-04-2004, 06:56 PM
So I have finished all the Fly Fishing books I have around and read most of my Wild Steelhead and Salmon articles two to eight times. Anyone got any new books out there that they like dealing with Steelhead fly fishing?


05-05-2004, 07:07 AM
I just finished reading The Color of Winter about the Olympic Penninsula. Found it to be very interesting, though a bit depressing. That is an area I plan to visit in the near future. Well worth a read.

05-05-2004, 10:04 AM
I also picked it up this winter. What I like about Rose's writing is he gives away nothing but still manages to convey his unique attraction to each of the area's rivers. This is not a travel book or a how-to book but rather his painting of the starkness, the rawness, the beauty, the history and the emotion of winter steelheading on the OP.

Mean Mr Mustard
05-05-2004, 10:23 AM
Rumor has it that one of 'tips good buddies may be in print soon (besides the recent "rag" article). Sharp as fermenting refuse, some say.

Through past tell-alls, can't say that I like his fish-pimp demeanor.



05-05-2004, 11:19 AM
I would agree on Doug Rose book. I read it in a couple sitting and for me being a slow reader that is very fast. I found it not tell tale but still painted pictures. A pleasant read but a little depressing as pointed out.


05-05-2004, 12:36 PM
Doug Rose is a class act. I remember him from when I lived in Port Angeles. A fine gentleman, sportsman, and very good fly fisher. And even though he gives no specific information about this run or that run on this river in his writing, there is always much of great value within the pages of his work.

05-05-2004, 12:41 PM

Good to see you back. It has been far too long. I missed our yearly gore-tex testing day on the water. Don't think you get out of it next year.

As for my buddy, I talked to OC last night and his book is held up at the editors. Apparently the Helmut Newton photos are an issue. He still claims not to worry, it will absolutley tell nothing nor giving anything away. Rumor has it though that it might be dedicated to George W. I know I can't wait to see it either :hehe:

E-mail me and lets catch up.


05-05-2004, 01:43 PM
Sorry the book is being held up. I just don't understand censorship. The one pic by Helmut being held up is, "Big Nude, Yoko, 1993". I don't see any differences in the picture than the rest that John Asscroft let slid by. Being the way it is I won't back down, that picture really tells a story important to the traditional steelhead swing. You would think with all the hoopla in conserative land about traditional this and traditional that it would go through the censorship of the Jazz police. I don't know maybe it was the word swing that has hung it up.

I'll keep you all posted on what happens next. I promise not to back down.

OH YA, I knew MMM might be critical of the up coming book but he is a good critic and a fair critic.

05-05-2004, 01:53 PM
OH YA, I knew MMM might be critical of the up coming book but he is a good critic and a fair critic.

Don't worry about MMM. After another trip on the "Idabon" this year he will be as soft as new play dough.:hehe:

Mean Mr Mustard
05-05-2004, 03:07 PM
Originally posted by MJC
Don't worry about MMM. After another trip on the "Idabon" this year he will be as soft as new play dough.:hehe:

No worry as to my hard edge, over the winter I acquired:

1. A fairly extensive "oldies collection",

2. An appreciation for single malt scotch,

3. A profound cyber-fascination for Adrianna Lima, and

4. In respect to #3 above, the realization that she is young enough to be my daughter :(

Mellowed considerably but still ***** as a ****! ...Or at least I hope.



Mean Mr Mustard
05-05-2004, 03:54 PM

***** as a **** yet I forgot to wish you well with the book. Say, friend, if you need some steamy stuff I'll be glad to collaborate with you. Then again, with your fly naming regime you have the racy down patt!

I could use a good read, my wife's Victoria Secrets catalogs are a little short in narrative.

Books, he wants to know about books.:tsk_tsk:


Nooksack Mac
05-05-2004, 04:55 PM
I recently read most of "Mist on the River" by Michael Checchio, and I'm trying to get it back from my local library so that I can finish it. He's a dedicated amateur steelheading specialist. After several somewhat depressing chapters about his experiences with the depleted rivers of California (he lives in San Francisco), the bulk of the book concerns the great steelhead rivers of British Columbia and his extended exploratory trip there. It's about the rivers, their setting and circumstances by an observant angler who's still on the upward slope of the experience curve.

05-06-2004, 01:07 PM
Hey MMM it is good hearing from you again. We really have missed you over the last year or so. Hope your quest for the Holy Grail has gone well.

It's funny you bring up Adrianna Lima because my publisher did want to use her in the book. I talked to her agent and though he said she is really good with the fly I felt she was just too young. Also I was very disturbed that she is one of those tell all new generation fly fishers and that just does not sit well with my traditional values. Last night I had a beer or two with a really good steelhead fly fisherman of our generation. He was really concerned about who are all these new fishermen that want to tell the world about all the fish they catch and think they are helping the world become better fishermen and women. He like me likes the old way where someone goes out on the river and never considered it a ruff day, a frustrating day or time consuming day figuring things out on your own. He felt it's nothing more than the wonderful process of fishing.

So sorry Adrianna will not be in the book but I'm sure you can understand why. She is a very pretty woman it's just to bad she has the ego of self graification hiding under the mask of helping others. My publisher who does not fish and understand values of tradition is begining to think I becoming a snob fly fisherman. Hey but I know MMM knows I'm not.

Brian Simonseth
05-06-2004, 01:39 PM
Sounds like a good book, can't wait to read it!

05-06-2004, 01:41 PM
I have a central spot in my book display for your new tome. I wish you would stop messing around on the internet and get it (the book) finished.:smokin:

Mean Mr Mustard
05-06-2004, 02:51 PM
Originally posted by OC
she has the ego of self gratification


Never really considered that a personality fault with women.:smokin:

Still as a fly fisher I hold her to a much higher standard. [And groucho would pan in that any reason to hold her would be okay.]



05-06-2004, 03:16 PM

I bet my boss wishes I stop messing around on the internet too.

Along with a few other people.:tsk_tsk:

05-06-2004, 04:46 PM
Coming out in September, 2004; something to look forward.

Brian Simonseth
05-06-2004, 04:54 PM
What year is your book coming out 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10......

05-07-2004, 11:38 AM
On Rose's book I think Sink Tip summed it up well. May even give
Berryman a run for his money on book reviews :)

I also appreciate his book because he has a way of avoiding pretensions
and ego. After reading the book I thought to myself that Rose needs to
join the WSC.:)

I always appreciate going back and reading Ralph Wahl's book "One Man's
Steelhead Shangri-La"

05-08-2004, 04:01 PM
here are a few books that were not mentioned above; 1. greased line fishing for salmon and steelhead by jock scott, 2. steelhead flyfishing in low water by dick van demark, 3.steelhead paradise by john fennelly, 4.steelhead country by steve raymond, 5.steelhead water by bob arnold, 6. pools of memory by charlie kroll, 7. the steelhead trout by trey combs, 8. steelheading for the simple-minded by bob ellsberg. hope this gives you an idea of a few things to do when not pounding the river. mike w.

05-08-2004, 10:43 PM
Bob said that he was writing a book about some of his "exploits" could be interesting stuff. I haven't heard if he is still writing but at one point he mentioned thirteen chapters or more had been written.

05-09-2004, 06:50 PM
i am a collecter of steelhead books. if any one knows of any book[S} not mentioned on this topic please mention them so we can attempt to increase our library. thanks , mike, the book collecter

05-20-2004, 09:55 AM
I recently received a review copy of The Orvis Pocket Guide to Fly Fishing for Steelhead by John Shewey. I haven't had a chance to read it yet but John has proven himself to be an excellent writer and I don't think anyone can fault his knowledge and understanding of the sport. If I can get around to reading it soon, I'll post a short review (The Orvis Pocket Guide to Fly Fishing for Steelhead - John Shewey - The Lyons Press - 2003 - 234 pages - $16.95)