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Old 01-31-2004, 12:17 AM
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I need some book recommendations please...

This is my first post in many moons. I'm looking for fishing books that highlight destinations rather than technique. I'm interested in reading about all the different locations you hear about...Russia, New Zealand, Patagonia, etc.

I recently received Bonefishing by Kaufmann and I am enjoying reading about the various locations. Of course, the technique is also top notch. I also have all of E. Donnall Thomas' books and they are good too. He's a great travel writer.

I will probably get R. Valentine Atkinson's "Greatest fly fishing around the world". Do you have any other recommendations for some good arm chair reading? Again, I'm more interested in locations than techniques. Thanks.
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Old 01-31-2004, 09:26 AM
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Can't tell you which books but try Amazon.com

What might be cool is if everyone chimed in their destinations to Yukon in this thread, kind of our own armchair reader.

Anyone have a destination they could offer that might take some of the winter chill out of this January Day?
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Old 01-31-2004, 10:57 AM
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Here are three suggestions, though the first two are perhaps a bit off-beam.

1. 'Somewhere Down the Crazy River' by Paul Boote and Jeremy Wade. Some here will recognise Paul's name fron a UK board, where he's a regular and provocative contributor. He effectively rediscovered fishing for mahseer in India, a highly prized quarry in the days of the English Raj. The first part of the book describes his and Wade's adventures with these fantastic fish. The second part describes two journeys they made together in pursuit of the Goliath Tiger Fish in Africa's Congo. This book isn't strictly about fly fishing, but as a piece of fishing travel writing I would recommend it highly.

2. 'Running with Reindeer' by Roger Took. Again not particularly about fishing, but a good book about Russia's Kola Peninsula. Some pretty depressing stuff about the state of the place, but anyone considering a visit should read it. In particular, read about some of the power games that went on in the parcelling-up of its rivers, and ask yourself whether you want to give your money to some of the operators there!

3. On a lighter note, and very much about fly fishing, 'A Flyfisher's Life' by Charles Ritz. Some of it concerns technique, but there are sections about fishing in many and varied places, including Austria, France, Sweden and Norway. A quirky, opinionated and very personal book by someone who fished everywhere and with everyone from Al McClane to the Duke of Roxburghe, to Ernest Hemingway.
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Old 01-31-2004, 02:03 PM
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Thanks for the recommendations. They sound interesting. That's Charles Ritz of Ritz Hotels right? I read 'Reeling in Russia' recently and it sounded like sporting adventures in Russia are more adventure than sporting.

I also like Juro's idea. It's -47 at my house today and fishing seems like a dream. I did purchase some equipment though this week to take the chill off. I have a Pate Bonefish reel, Redington Nti 8 wt rod, Orvis Vortex 13/14 reel and Orvis TLS 14 wt rod coming my way. I will use the 8 wt gear often in Alaska but the 14 wt is for a trip I would like to take in a couple of years for a 10th wedding anniversary. I would like to do some bluewater fishing. My anniversary is Dec. 30th and that sounds like a good time to go somewhere warm!

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Old 01-31-2004, 02:18 PM
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I have more obsessions than any man deserves to but lately my main obsession is roosterfish on a fly, particularly from the beach on the two-hander.

I see something magical in that fish - the way it looks, it's persnickety nature, it's habitat, everything about it gets me scheming. Pacific Mexico is calling, and your wife will enjoy the resort atmosphere as well I would guess.

Another dream of mine is to go to the Bahamas with my wife and have a fair allocation of activities that we both partake in. Stalking the flats together, and shopping without complaints . hey wait a minute I already do that but the mrs. doesn't fish with me!
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Old 02-02-2004, 01:01 PM
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I always think roosterfish look like street toughs looking for a fight. My understanding is that I'm not far off the mark. That sounds like a lot of fun.

Other dream fish include giant trevally and horse eye jacks, 20 lb silver salmon, 40 lb king salmon (my best is 33 so far), 5 lb brookies, 100 lb tarpon, sailfish and halibut on the fly. There are places in SE Alaska where halibut spawn in 30-40 ft of water. I am told they will jump in shallow water. That must be a sight.

Any other books to recommend?
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Old 02-02-2004, 01:47 PM
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Greetings Delta,
I've actually seen a halibut up on the surface, but they weren't attached to anyone's line but rather were chasing bait... pretty amazing sight.

As far as some good winter-time reading, I've always enjoyed Russel Chatham. He has a few books and collections of his stories published. I recommend An Angler's Coast and Dark Waters.

Not really destination writings and certainly not "how-to" pieces, but writings with real literary value. One of my favorite stories of Chatham's was about California steelheader Bill Schaadt and his reaction to being corked in a favorite run by a cheechako.

Hang in there brother -breakup's coming!
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Old 02-02-2004, 01:52 PM
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Can't tell you which books but try Amazon.com
Juro,

Whatever happened to promoting the sponsors of this forum? OutdoorGiftShop.com a sponsor of this site has over 500 fly fishing destination books that you might try looking into.
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Old 02-02-2004, 02:19 PM
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Will, as a sponsor you have every right to promote yourself and your services to the Forum. I hardly think that Juro would deliberately omit a reference to you.

Consider it an honest oversight, and feel free to continue plugging your products.

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Old 02-02-2004, 02:34 PM
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Gierach's books are really entertaining. Currently reading the new complilation "sex death and flyfishing" or maybe it's "death, taxes and leaky waders."

Either way - his books set you in a time and place and read more like a novel than a guidebook. Weather you do freshwater, saltwater, etc, his stories contain characters and moments that all flyfishermen can relate to: anticipation, dissapoitment, the importance of the fisherman's vehicle, camping, guides, etc.

He also has a few stories about the Yukon, although he centers on western trout fishing.

Check it out if you're looking for a sometimes laugh-out-loud, entertaining read.
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Old 02-02-2004, 02:57 PM
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I should have mentioned that I have all of Gierach's books except his newest one. I will check out the sponsor as mentioned also. Thanks and keep them coming please.
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Books about the southern hemisphere

I have plenty of destination books, and most of them are useful for planning a trip. Some are also entertaining, nice to look at or just amazingly well done.

In the latter category, I would include "Woolly Worms & Wombats" by Chris Dawson. It's about trout fishing in Australia and New Zealand. The writer took a year off his job to fish these places, and the result is informative and entertaining, but dates from 1994, so some of the info may be outdated.

Moving to Patagonia, I can still recommend "Argentina Trout Fishing" by William Leitch, although it's from 1992. Very thorough and gives info on fishing, the country and its culture. Beautiful pictures too, but unfortunately small format (which allows you to take the book with you on a trip).

Rounding out the southern side of the globe, "Fly-Fishing in Southern Africa" by Robert Brandon-Kirby is a big and beautiful (and expensive) coffee table book with lots of gorgeous pictures. I found the text less interesting, as there is more history than current info but it gives you an idea of the trout fishing and even a taste of saltwater fishing in S. Africa.

I also enjoyed "Angling Baja" by Scott Sadil for his common sense approach. The latest addition to my library is "Flyfishing the Texas Coast" by Phil Shook.

I just wish I could fish all those places, but on the other hand, sometimes a good book is better than actually going on a trip.
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Old 02-03-2004, 11:35 PM
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FF, I know what you mean about books. It's similar to the way a book can far outshine the movie. I think our imagination is so vivid that when combined with the talent of a good writer it just outstrips (so to speak) reality. However, I would sure like to be fishing instead of reading right now!

I love those coffee table books but who can afford them? I paid $90 to get the Bonefishing book to my door. That's insane but I really wanted it and they cost $70 used so there was no way around it. Besides, Randall signed it to me.
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Old 02-04-2004, 03:01 PM
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hi delta, i'm away from home at moment so i'm working from memory! there are not many good modern books of this type but the most recent and best is ' fishing in iceland ' by mike savage. it was published in 2003 by 'old bakehouse publications' wales uk. e mail oldbakehouseprint@btopenworld.com fax 01495216222 mike struggled to finish the book before he died of cancer and he donated all proceeds to NORTH ATLANTIC SALMON FUND. the isbn number is 1 874538 89 1. this will be the definitive book on iceland for the forseeable future. i hope this helps. paul
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Two books I would highly reccommend if you are looking to be entertained are "Shadows on the Flats" by Chet Renison and "Sea Level" by Jeffrey Cardenas. Excellent reads that have regional flares but that are all about the less tangible aspects of fishing.

Sean
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