Steelhead Reads - Fly Fishing Forum
Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum No such thing as rainbow trout, only landlocked steelhead

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rating: Thread Rating: 1 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 05-17-2006, 10:10 PM
Eric's Avatar
Eric Eric is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 962
Steelhead Reads

Kory has started something on the Quintessential Trout forum asking for good reads related to trout and to fly fishing for trout.

What are the essential books and good reads for the steelheader? What would you recommend and what has been most enjoyable and helpful to you in your pursuit of silver lightning?

My favorites include a lot of Atlantic Salmon tomes.

ex libris,

Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 05-18-2006, 03:15 PM
fredaevans fredaevans is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Rogue River
Posts: 3,856
Anything with Trey Combs name on it. Still the "Gold Standard" even if 20 years old. That said, Bill McMillian and Deke Meyers aren't too bad either.

From 'across the Sea' Hugh Faucus' (sp?) book on spey casting was THE book until Simon G published his wonderful book last year.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-18-2006, 03:48 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,594
Don't forget Steve Raymond, Steelhead Country. Bob Schmelzle of Seattle recommended it and I could really relate to his perspective and style.

Bates' book on Atlantic Salmon is a classic, even though it's a salar book the section on Bates collaboration with Syd Glasso makes it special and the patterns are gorgeous and influence the steelhead tyer.

For Great lakes fishing done right you can't beat the Kustich Bros book "Fly Fishing For Great Lakes Steelhead", a classic focusing on practical success without succumbing to the split shot / drift methods disguised as fly gear.

I second the Combs book, and my old "Dry Line Steelhead" by McMillan sits on my desk along with the other most influentials.

Thanks to a very good friend Fine and Far Off by Jock Scott is the first book on this shelf of top reads. Again a salmon book but very influential in both casting and fishing technique.
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-18-2006, 11:49 PM
flytyer flytyer is offline
Pullin' Thread
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: NW Washington
Posts: 3,346
Both books on steelhead fishing by my good friend Bob Arnold, Trey Combs 3 books on steelhead, Steve Raymond's book, Falkus's book on Salmon Fishing, Kelson, Knox's Autumn on the Spey, Francis Francis, Bates (all of his salmon titles), Deke Meyers, Art Lingren, Haig-Brown (all of them), Zane Grey, Bergman, Younger, Chaytor, Hill, Maxwell, Traherne's little book on salmon fishing, Grease Line Fishing, Art Lee's book on the riffle hitch, Lee Wulff's stuff on salmon, and Bill McMillan's books and articles all come to mind as very useful to have in one's library and for the pursuit of steelhead.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-19-2006, 09:54 AM
SalmoGairdneri SalmoGairdneri is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: Sky/Sno/Skagit & Neah Bay
Posts: 165
I agree with the suggestions above and have 1 to add. I'm just now re-reading the Lanni Waller book and I really like his stories. Have any of you guys checked it out? "River of Dreams". Definitely not a how-to book, more in line with Steve Raymond's stuff.


Last edited by SalmoGairdneri; 05-19-2006 at 10:18 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-19-2006, 03:14 PM
Todd Ripley Todd Ripley is offline
Token Gear Guy
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 139
How about a fiction book?

It's gotta be "The River Why" by David James Duncan...anyone who hasn't read this book has got to go out and get it TODAY.

Fish on...

Todd Ripley
VP Political Affairs
Wild Steelhead Coalition
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-20-2006, 12:29 AM
Eric's Avatar
Eric Eric is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 962
Golden Oldies

Here are some books, many mentioned above, that I've learned from and enjoyed over the years. I've tried to include publisher and ISBN numbers where I could, as some of these are out of print. Also, I thought putting in the full titles of some of the books mentioned above might help those not familiar with the books track them down. Nearly all of the out-of-print volumes can be acquired from second-hand book sellers. My ISBN numbers refer to the books I actually own. These numbers may not match other reprints or editions.

AS = Atlantic Salmon specific; SH = Steelhead Specific; GEN = Mixed Bag

AS Ashley-Cooper, John A Line on Salmon HF&G Witherby, Ltd 1983 ISBN 0 85493 1430

AS Bates, Joseph & P.B.Richards Fishing Atlantic Salmon Stackpole Books 1996 ISBN 0-8117-0636-2 (elegant photos of elegant AS flies)

AS Chaytor, A.H. Letters to a Salmon Fisher's Sons John Murray 1925

AS Falkus, Hugh Salmon Fishing HF&G Witherby, Ltd 1984 ISBN 0-85493 1449 (much direct application to steelheading)

AS Green, Philip New Angles on Salmon Fishing George Allen & Unwin 1984 ISBN 0-04-799020-1 (very good analysis of greased-line method and modifications of same)

AS Taverner, Eric, Ed. Salmon Fishing Lonsdale Library, Seeley Service 1931 (this edition contains AHE Woods own description of his greased line technique)

AS Wulff, Lee The Atlantic Salmon Winchester Press 1983 ISBN 0-8329-0267-5 (again, much application to steelheading)

AS Phair, Charles Atlantic Salmon Fishing John Gull & sons 1995 ISBN 1-887269-03-7 (beautifully illustrated with Ogden Pleissner watercolors of Gaspe angling scenes)

GEN Bradner, Enos Northwest Angling Binford & Mort 1950

GEN Chatham, Russell The Angler's Coast Clark City Press 1990 ISBN 0-944439-12-8 (One of my all-time favorites -- fly-fishing for Chinook, Shad, Stripers, as well as steelhead)

GEN Egan, Van Rivers of Return Riverside Publications, 2003 ISBN 0-919537-59-6

GEN Gray, Zane Tales of Fresh-Water Fishing Derrydale Press 1991
(early days of steelheading on the Rogue and NF Umpqua)

GEN Haig-Brown, Roderick A River Never Sleeps Easton Press 1996

GEN Haig-Brown, Roderick The Western Angler Derrydale 1991 (get both volumes if you can)

GEN Leeson, Ted The Habit of Rivers Lyons & Burford 1994 ISBN 1-55821-300-7

GEN Ritz, Charles A Fly Fisher's Life Crown Publishers 1972 ISBN 0-517-503476

SH Combs, Trey Steelhead Fly Fishing Lyons & Burford 1991 ISBN 1-55821-199-5

SH Combs, Trey The Steelhead Trout Northwest Salmon Trout Steelheader, 1971

SH Finnelly, John Steelhead Paradise Mitchell Press 1963

SH Haig-Brown, Roderick Fisherman's Spring Wm Collins Sons 1975 ISBN 0 00 211584100

SH McMillan, Bill Dry-Line Steelhead Amato Publications 1987 ISBN 0936608-65-x

SH Meyer, Deke Advanced Fly Fishing for Steelhead Amato Publicatins 1992 ISBN 1-875-175-11-4

SH Raymond, Steve Steelhead Country Lyons & Burford 1991 ISBN 1-55881-126-8

SH Wahl, Ralph One Man's Steelhead Shangri-La Frank Amato, Pub 1989 ISBN 0-936608-85-4

This, of course, is only a very short compilation of the vast literature out there on fly-fishing for anadromous species. Just a personal list of books I've particularly enjoyed.

Hope this helps. Happy reading,

-- Eric

Last edited by Eric; 05-20-2006 at 12:36 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Home Waters
Your home waters
Current Favorite Fly
If you only had one... (change anytime)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Steelhead Fly of the week Steelhead Bee Charlie >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 2 02-03-2007 01:21 AM
Good Reads Kory The Quintessential Trout 13 05-25-2006 08:42 PM
One of my favorite little ditty reads... juro Art of Casting 3 05-28-2004 01:01 PM
You have to 'wade through' a lot of 'stuff,' but some good reads. fredaevans Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 1 02-06-2004 07:57 AM
Not fishing related, but one of the best ever 'reads.' fredaevans Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 1 12-06-2003 01:01 PM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:29 AM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright (All Rights Reserved)