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The Best Fishing Books Of All-Time

Best Fishing Books

“What are the best books about Fishing?” We looked at 208 of the top Fishing books (Nonfiction & Fiction), aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 33 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Fishing” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 33 Fishing Books



33 .) A Fly Rod of Your Own by John Gierach

 A Fly Rod of Your Own Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Rogue Angler

John Gierach, “the voice of the common angler” (The Wall Street Journal) and member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, brings his sharp sense of humor and keen eye for observation to the fishing life and, for that matter, life in general. John Gierach is known for his witty, trenchant observations about fly-fishing. In A Fly Rod of Your Own, Gierach once again takes us into his world and scrutinizes the art of fly-fishing. He travels to remote fishing locations where the airport is not much bigger than a garage and a flight might be held up because a passenger is running late. He sings the praises of the skilled pilots who fly to remote fishing lodges in tricky locations and bad weather. He explains why even the most veteran fisherman seems to muff his cast whenever he’s being filmed or photographed. He describes the all-but-impassable roads that fishermen always seem to encounter at the best fishing spots and why fishermen discuss four-wheel drive vehicles almost as passionately and frequently as they discuss fly rods and flies. And while he’s on that subject, he explains why even the most conscientious fisherman always seems to accumulate more rods and flies than he could ever need. As Gierach says, “fly-fishing is a continuous process that you learn to love for its own sake.

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32 .) All Fishermen are Liars by John Gierach

 All Fishermen are Liars Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Rogue Angler

Just before Christmas, Linda meets up with her best friend and fellow fisherman Alden Leeman for lunch and a drink at the Dry Dock, a well-worn watering hole in Portland, Maine. Alden, the captain of Linda’s first fishing expedition, has seen his share of mishaps and adventures at sea. When Linda shares memories of navigating her ship through one of the craziest storms she’s ever seen, Alden quickly follows up with his own tales. Then other fishermen, who are sitting on the periphery attentively listening, decide to weigh in with yarns of their own. All Fishermen Are Liars brims with true stories of the most eccentric crew member, the funniest episode, the biggest fish, and the wildest night at sea. Denizens of the Dry Dock drift in and out as the bar begins to swell with rounds of drinks and tales that increase in drama. Here are some of the greatest fishing stories ever–all relayed by Linda Greenlaw in her inimitable style. All Fishermen Are Liars will give readers what they have come to love and expect from Linda Greenlaw–luminous descriptions and edge-of-the-seat thrills.

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31 .) Basic Fishing: A Beginner’s Guide

 Basic Fishing: A Beginner's Guide Lists It Appears On:

  • Fisher Pants
  • WHSmith

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 has created a step-by-step guide that masterfully breaks down the art of fishing with diagrams, vivid photographs, and lessons

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30 .) Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

 Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Fisheries Blog

The Cod. Wars have been fought over it, revolutions have been triggered by it, national diets have been based on it, economies and livelihoods have depended on it. To the millions it has sustained, it has been a treasure more precious that gold. This book spans 1,000 years and four continents. From the Vikings to Clarence Birdseye, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs and fisherman, whose lives have been interwoven with this prolific fish. He chronicles the cod wars of the 16th and 20th centuries. He blends in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. In a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focus, he shows how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction.

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29 .) Extreme Fishing

 Extreme Fishing Lists It Appears On:

  • The Works
  • WHSmith

Actor and passionate fisherman Robson Green is on a mission to discover the weird, the wonderful and the way-off-limits that the angling world has to offer. Working alongside some of the finest in their field, his exhilarating adventure series Extreme Fishing with Robson Greentakes him to the greatest fishing destinations ever seen; chasing the most elusive and terrifying creatures on the planet, learning new tricks, hearing old stories and eating pretty much everything he catches. From ice fishing in Siberia, mining eggs on the side of an active volcano in Papua New Guinea and struggling with the Mekong Giant Catfish in Thailand, to surviving a Force 10 hurricane on a Canadian trawler, catching a thirty-pound King Salmon in Patagonia and dancing the Salsa in Havana, this is an extraordinary modern-day fishing odyssey with tales of victory, defeat, struggle and joy.

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28 .) Fish On, Fish Off

 Fish On, Fish Off Lists It Appears On:

  • EA Sons
  • The Rogue Angler

Fish On, Fish Off is the angling version of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. Through a series of nearly 50 personal essays, the author explores what happens when the self-taught, DIY angler sets out to fish the world – and winds up stumbling into every possible pitfall and danger along the way. These include: getting chased from a river by an elephant, surviving a terrifying helicopter ride over the Straits of Magellan, and breaking his only rod on the second cast in Cuba’s Bay of Pigs. Closer to home, he is swept off a jetty on Block Island by a rogue wave, winds up in an emergency room more than once with fishing lures hanging from various parts of his anatomy, and perhaps most daunting, surviving 30 years of the scrum better known as opening day of trout season in his crowded home state of New Jersey. If Upriver and Downstream showed the poetry of angling, Fish On, Fish Off shows the scars.

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27 .) Fishing Impossible

 Fishing Impossible Lists It Appears On:

  • EA Sons
  • The Works

Just remember, eternity is a long time to be watching over your shoulder… Branded and sold into slavery in Senestra, Arkady holds out little hope of being rescued. She turns to her new owner for help…but learning the truth about him may cost both their lives. Jaxyn’s plans hit a snag when he realises the one man who can challenge him for the Glabaen throne, Stellan Desean, has sought asylum in Caelum. Strangely enough, the Empress of the Five Realms, and the Tide Lords Tryan and Elyssa, seem to be on Stellan’s side… And Declan Hawkes, struggling with his transformation, abandons the Cabal, and flees to Glaeba in search of some trace of Arkady.

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26 .) Fishing: A Guide to Fresh and Saltwater Fishing by George S. Fichter & Phil Francis

 Fishing: A Guide to Fresh and Saltwater Fishing Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Fishing Rex

A basic guide for the novice and a handy reference for the experienced angler, it’s packed with useful information and helpful tips on when, where, and how to fish most successfully.

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25 .) Fly Fishing For Dummies

 Fly Fishing For Dummies Lists It Appears On:

  • Fishing Book Club
  • WHSmith

If you believe what you read, fly fishing requires the touch of asurgeon and the spirit of a Zen master. Forget about whatyou’ve heard about f ly fishing in the past, if you reallywant to learn how to fly fish all you need are the right tools, proper technique, and a positive attitude. With these essentialelements you can begin to enjoy the sport of fly fishing in notime. For those of you who have never held a fly rod, you will findenough information here to get you started. You won’t beforced to discover everything all at once. If you’re alreadya fly rodder, you’ll find plenty of tips and techniques thatyou can turn to right away without going through the basics allover again. And if you’re a master angler, you will find thisbook a handy reference for all kinds of questions. Fly Fishing For Dummies explores the fun and fundamentalsof fly fishing–from tying flies to reeling in your catch.Whether you’re a novice or a veteran angler, here you?8217;ll find all the tips and tricks for choosing the right kind ofgear; how and where to catch freshwater and saltwater fish; visualexamples of the art of casting; and how to read the water, wade, cast, and (finally) land yourself a whopper.

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24 .) Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger

 Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Snotrocket

Using a wide variety of poetic forms – quatrains, ballads, iambic meter, rhyming lists, concrete poetry, tercets and free verse –this debut author tells the story of a nine-year-old boy’s day of fishing. Sibling rivalry, the bond between father and son, the excitement – and difficulty — of fishing all add up to a day of adventure any child would want to experience. Matthew Cordell illuminates this novel-in-verse throughout with his energetic black-and-white line drawings. While each poem can be read and enjoyed on its own, the poems work together to create a story arc with conflict, crisis, resolution and character growth. The back matter of this book equips the reader with a Poet’s Tackle Box of tools and definitions for understanding the various poetic forms the author uses in this story.

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23 .) In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys: 100 Recipes and Tips from the World-Famous Crew of Pike Place Fish by The Crew of Pike Place Fish, Leslie Miller and Bryan Jarr

 In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys: 100 Recipes and Tips from the World-Famous Crew of Pike Place Fish Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Fishing Rex

Forget the Space Needle. The true thrill of Seattle lies in Pike Place Market, where the world-famous, must-see, salmon-tossing Fish Guys have been enthralling and educating hordes of fans since 1965. The Fish Guys even inspired the bestselling business book FISH!, which has sold more than 1.4 million copies. In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys serves up more than 100 savory seafood recipes and tips answering the most popular question the Fish Guys get: “How do you cook that?” It features a unique primer on sustainability, with inspiring words from the fishmongers who made Pike Place Fish entirely sustainable in 2011.

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22 .) Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday

 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Goodreads

What does it take to make us believe in the impossible? For Dr. Alfred Jones, life is a quiet mixture of civil service at the National Centre for Fisheries Excellence and marriage to Mary—an ambitious, no-nonsense financier. But a strange turn of fate from an unexpected direction forces Jones to upend his existence and spend all of his time in pursuit of another man’s ludicrous dream. Can there be salmon in the Yemen? Science says no. But if resources are limitless and the visionary is inspired, maybe salmon fishing in the Yemen isn’t impossible. Then again, maybe nothing is.

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21 .) The Founding Fish by John McPhee

 The Founding Fish Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Fisheries Blog

John McPhee’s twenty-sixth book is a braid of personal history, natural history, and American history, in descending order of volume. Each spring, American shad-Alosa sapidissima-leave the ocean in hundreds of thousands and run heroic distances upriver to spawn. McPhee–a shad fisherman himself–recounts the shad’s cameo role in the lives of George Washington and Henry David Thoreau. He fishes with and visits the laboratories of famous ichthyologists; he takes instruction in the making of shad darts from a master of the art; and he cooks shad in a variety of ways, delectably explained at the end of the book. Mostly, though, he goes fishing for shad in various North American rivers, and he “fishes the same way he writes books, avidly and intensely. He wants to know everything about the fish he’s after–its history, its habits, its place in the cosmos” (Bill Pride, The Denver Post). His adventures in pursuit of shad occasion the kind of writing–expert and ardent–at which he has no equal.

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20 .) The Habit of Rivers by Ted Leeson

 The Habit of Rivers Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Guardian

The story of a passion for rivers, trout, and fly fishing, and their sustaining power.

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19 .) The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey by Linda Greenlaw

 The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Goodreads

Known to millions of readers of The Perfect Storm as the captain of the Hannah Boden, sister ship to the Andrea Gail, Linda Greenlaw is also known as one of the best sea captains on the East Coast. Here she offers an adventure-soaked tale of her own, complete with danger, humor, and characters so colorful they seem to have been ripped from the pages of Moby Dick.

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18 .) The Old Man and the Boy

 The Old Man and the Boy Lists It Appears On:

  • Buxton Village Books
  • Outdoor Life

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17 .) The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger

 The Perfect Storm Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Goodreads

“Takes readers into the maelstrom and shows nature’s splendid and dangerous havoc at its utmost”. October 1991. It was “the perfect storm”–a tempest that may happen only once in a century–a nor’easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles an hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people on Earth have ever witnessed. Few, except the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed towards its hellish center.

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16 .) The Secret Carp by Chris Yates

 The Secret Carp Lists It Appears On:

  • The Guardian
  • WHSmith

The Secret Carp tells the true story of the events of a single day and night beside an English carp lake in high summer. Despite the peacefulness and beauty of the lake, there is always a thrilling undercurrent of tension that in a moment the peace will be shattered and the angler will be attached to a monster. Fishermen of all persuasions will enjoy this masterful angling chronicle.

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15 .) Death, Taxes and Leaky Waders by John Gierach

 Death, Taxes and Leaky Waders Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Goodreads
  • Kayak Base

Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers. Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders collects forty of John Gierach’s finest essays on fishing from six of his books. Like all his writing, these essays are seasoned by a keen sense of observation and a deep knowledge and love of fishing lore, leavened by a wonderfully wry sense of humor. Gierach often begins with an observation that soon leads to something below the surface, which he finds and successfully lands. As Gierach says, writing is a lot like fishing. This is the first anthology of John Gierach’s work, a collection that is sure to delight both die-hard fans and new readers alike. To enter Gierach’s world is to experience the daily wonder, challenge, and occasional absurdity of the fishing life—from such rituals as the preparation of camp coffee (for best results, serve in a tin cup) to the random, revelatory surprises, such as the flashing beauty of a grayling leaping out of the water. Whether he’s catching fish or musing on the ones that got away, Gierach is always entertaining and enlightening, writing with his own inimitable blend of grace and style, passion and wit.

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14 .) Essential Trout Flies: Step-By-Step Tying Instructions for 31 Indispensable Pattern Styles and Their Most Useful Variations (Paperback) by Dave Hughes

 Essential Trout Flies: Step-By-Step Tying Instructions for 31 Indispensable Pattern Styles and Their Most Useful Variations (Paperback) Lists It Appears On:

  • DIY Fly Fishing
  • Goodreads
  • WHSmith

Essential Trout Flies will help you assemble, in just two fly boxes, the flies you need to catch trout anywhere. That makes it essential reading in my book. –Rich Ostoff, professional fly tier and author of Fly-Fishing the Rocky Mountain Back-CountryHow to tie the 31 most effective trout patterns and selected variations-more than 200 recipes in allA core list of flies that will catch trout anywhere, in every season, this collection includes the most important patterns in a wide range of styles, from dry flies to streamers. The tying steps for each pattern are illustrated in step-by-step photos with detailed captions, followed by photos and recipes for the six most useful variations-217 patterns in all. Each chapter features a description of the insect the pattern imitates as well as expert information on how and when to fish the fly.

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13 .) Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die by Chris Santella

 Fifty Places To Fly Fish Before You Die Lists It Appears On:

  • DIY Fly Fishing
  • Drowning Worms
  • Kayak Base

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.

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12 .) Fishing For Dummies

 Fishing For Dummies Lists It Appears On:

  • Fisher Pants
  • Fishing Rex
  • The Works

No matter h No one can promise that you will catch fish all the time. Fish, after all, would just as soon never taste a hook or feel the sizzle of a frying pan. For as long as we have been catching fish, fish have also been outsmarting us. “That’s why they call it fishing and not catching,” goes the old saying. This book will help you fish, and it will help you catch, too. No matter how much you know, there are still a couple of tricks that even the oldest angler can pick up. For those of you who have never fished, you will find enough in this book to get you started. You don’t have to learn everything all at once. If you are already an angler, there are plenty of tips and techniques that you can turn to right away without going through the basics all over again. And you master anglers will also find this book a handy reference for all kinds of fishing questions. Once you have a few basic pointers, fishing is as easy as falling off a log (which is something you want to avoid, as the splash will scare the fish). Fishing For Dummies will show you how to orchestrate all of your equipment into a fine-tuned fish-catching machine. You’ll soon know all about Your fishing equipment, from the rod in your hand to the hook on the very end of the line The fish that people fish for, what they look like, and where they’re found The basics of bait-casting, spinning, and fly-casting Fighting, landing, and releasing fish Storing, cleaning, and cooking fish Fishing is a great joy and a lifetime sport.

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11 .) No Shortage of Good Days by John Gierach

 No Shortage of Good Days Lists It Appears On:

  • Buxton Village Books
  • Goodreads
  • The Rogue Angler

IN his new book about the delightful torture known as fly fishing, John Gierach again demonstrates the wit, eloquence, and insight that have become his trademarks. Consider this observation about fishing: “From my own experience I can say that a bad back makes you hike slower, stove-up knees keep you from wading confidently, tendinitis of the elbow buggers your casting, and a dose of giardia can send you dashing into the bushes fifteen times in an afternoon, but although none of this is fun, it’s discernibly better than not fishing.” Or this explanation for every fisherman’s fascination with small streams: “The idea is to fish obscure headwater creeks in hopes of eventually sniffing out an underappreciated little trout creek down an un-marked dirt road. Why is another question. I suppose it’s partly for the fishing itself and partly to satisfy your curiosity, but mostly to sustain the belief that such things are still out there to find for those willing to look.” And perhaps the ultimate explanation for the fishing obsession: “I briefly wondered how much trouble a guy should go to in order to catch a few little trout, but then any fish becomes worth catching to the extent that you can’t catch it, so the answer was obvious: Once you decide to try, you go to as much trouble as it takes.” In “No Shortage of Good Days “Gierach takes usfrom the Smokies in Tennessee to his home waters in Colorado, from the Canadian Maritimes to Mexico–saltwater or fresh, it’s all fishing and all irresistible. As always he writes perceptively about a wide range of subjects: the charm of familiar waters, the etiquette 27.99 of working with new fishing guides, night fishing when the trout and the mosquitoes are both biting, fishing while there is still slush on the river, fishing snobbery, and the delights of fresh fish cooked and eaten within sight of where it was caught.

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10 .) The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton

 The Compleat Angler Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Goodreads
  • The Fisheries Blog

Walton’s popular classic treatise on fishing goes far beyond techniques, as it embraces a life that values serenity and appreciation for creation. Some of the natural history lore is antiquated, but keen intelligence and good humor express themselves in a readable and enjoyable manner.

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9 .) The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told: Twenty-Eight Unforgettable Fishing Tales by Lamar Underwood

 The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told: Twenty-Eight Unforgettable Fishing Tales Lists It Appears On:

  • Buxton Village Books
  • Drowning Worms
  • Fishing Rex

46 unforgettable fish tales as told by America’s finest writers. As editor Lamar Underwood states in his introduction, The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told will take you fishing in two kinds of places: those like the ones you have never fished but would like to try, and those like the ones you have fished and enjoy remembering. Each of these stories, selected because of their intrinsic literary worth, reinforces the unique personal connection fishing makes between man and nature. These stories will lead you from cold trout rivers to the dark estuaries where bigmouth bass lurk, from sandy beaches where the waves are slashed by blue-fish to the great blue waters of the Gulf Stream where marlin and tuna roam.

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8 .) The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing

 The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing Lists It Appears On:

  • DIY Fly Fishing
  • Fisher Pants
  • Kayak Base

Two highly respected outdoor journalists, Kirk Deeter of Field & Stream and Charlie Meyers of the Denver Post, have cracked open their notebooks and shared straight-shot advice on the sport of fly fishing, based on a range of new and old experiences—from interviews with the late Lee Wulff to travels with maverick guides in Tierra del Fuego. 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 here. Rather, conceived in the “take dead aim” spirit of Harvey Penick’s classic instructional on golf, The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing offers a simple, digestible primer on the basic elements of fly fishing: the cast, presentation, reading water, and selecting flies.

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7 .) The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide by Tom Rosenbauer

 The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide Lists It Appears On:

  • Fishing Book Club
  • Goodreads
  • WHSmith

All the essential information for the beginning and intermediate fly fisher.

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6 .) The Total Fishing Manual by Joe Cermele

 The Total Fishing Manual Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Fishing Rex
  • Kayak Base

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 317 field-tested tools, techniques and tactics, collected and written by the Field & Stream editors and accompanied by amazing photos and handy illustrations. GEAR UP How to pick the best lures, baits, flies, and tackle for every situation and every style of water you plan to fish. Customize your rod and reel to suit your every need. Learn how to customize your rod and reel, and to get the most out of your equipment. HIT THE WATER From small streams to major rivers, ponds to big lakes, and bays to the open ocean, hundreds of field-tested strategies will help you catch more fish with or without a boat. FIND THE FISH Professional fishing guides from across the country tell you how and where to find lunker bass, trophy walleyes, huge trout, and more – right in your home waters. SET THE HOOK Whether you’re bobber fishing for bluegills with the kids or heading out after the muskie of a lifetime, the techniques and tactics in this book will make your trip a success.

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5 .) Trout Bum by John Gierach

 Trout Bum Lists It Appears On:

  • Buxton Village Books
  • Goodreads
  • Outdoor Life
  • The Guardian

Brilliant, witty, perceptive essays about fly-fishing, the natural world, and life in general by the acknowledged master of fishing writers. While most of us fly-fish to escape from daily life, for John Gierach and his friends fly-fishing IS a way of life. They are trout bums. But John Gierach is also an exceptional writer. The essays in Trout Bum are reflective, bitingly humorous and enormously wise in the ways of fishing and men. In vivid, unforgettable detail they recount the emotional, spiritual and tangible adventures and pleasures of stalking trout in and around the Rockies—day in, day out, from season to season, with friends and alone. John Gierach’s essays join the literary tradition of angling classics like The River Why, and A River Runs Through It.

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4 .) The Longest Silence: A Life In Fishing by Thomas McGuane

 The Longest Silence: A Life In Fishing Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Goodreads
  • Outdoor Life
  • The Guardian
  • WHSmith

Thomas McGuane’s obsession with fish has taken him from the river in his backyard to the holiest waters of the fly-fisher’s world. As he travels the fish take him to many and various subjects ripe for random speculation: rods and reels, the classification of anglers according to the flies they prefer, family and memory – right down to why fishermen lie. The Longest Silence sets the heart pounding for a glimpse of moving water, and demonstrates what a life dedicated to sport reveals about life.

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3 .) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

 The Old Man and the Sea Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Fishing Rex
  • Goodreads
  • The Fisheries Blog
  • WHSmith

It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.

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2 .) The River Why by David James Duncan

 The River Why Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Fishing Rex
  • Goodreads
  • Outdoor Life
  • The Fisheries Blog

This captivating and exuberant tale is told by Gus Orviston, an irreverent young fly fisherman and one of the most appealing heroes in contemporary American fiction. Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus decides to strike out on his own, taking refuge in a secluded cabin on a remote riverbank to pursue his own fly-fishing passion with unrelenting zeal. But instead of finding fishing bliss, Gus becomes increasingly troubled by the degradation of the natural world around him and by the spiritual barrenness of his own life. His desolation drives him on a reluctant quest for self-discovery and meaning, ultimately fruitful beyond his wildest dreams. Here, then, is a funny, sensitive, unforgettable story about the relationships among men, women, the environment, and the human soul.

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1 .) A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

 A River Runs Through It Lists It Appears On:

  • Drowning Worms
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads
  • Outdoor Life
  • The Fisheries Blog
  • The Guardian

Just as Norman Maclean writes at the end of “A River Runs through It” that he is “haunted by waters,” so have readers been haunted by his novella. A retired English professor who began writing fiction at the age of 70, Maclean produced what is now recognized as one of the classic American stories of the twentieth century. Originally published in 1976, A River Runs through It and Other Stories now celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, marked by this new edition that includes a foreword by Annie Proulx. Maclean grew up in the western Rocky Mountains in the first decades of the twentieth century. As a young man he worked many summers in logging camps and for the United States Forest Service. The two novellas and short story in this collection are based on his own experiences—the experiences of a young man who found that life was only a step from art in its structures and beauty. The beauty he found was in reality, and so he leaves a careful record of what it was like to work in the woods when it was still a world of horse and hand and foot, without power saws, “cats,” or four-wheel drives.

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The 150+ Additional Best Books About Fishing And Fishermen



 

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34A Different Pond (Hardcover)Bao PhiGoodreads
35
A Field Guide to Atlantic Coast Fishes: North America
Buxton Village Books
36A Guide to Salmon FliesWHSmith
37A Man Made of ElkOutdoor Life
38
A Passion for Steelhead (Masters on the Fly series)
DIY Fly Fishing
39
AFN Australian Fish ID Guide Book (Popular Edition)
Fishing Tackle Shop
40
AFN Fishing Guide to NSW North Coast
Fishing Tackle Shop
41
AFN Guide to Fishing Northern Territory Book
Fishing Tackle Shop
42AFN Lets Start Fishing Book
Fishing Tackle Shop
43An Angler’s HoursHT SheringhamThe Guardian
44An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World (Hardcover)Anders HalversonGoodreads
45An Inconvenient Trout
The Rogue Angler
46
Angler’s Mail Guide: Catch Bigger Coarse Fish
WHSmith
47Another Lousy Day in Paradise (Paperback)John GierachGoodreads
48
Ashley Book of Knots: Every Practical Knot–What It Looks Like, Who Uses It, Where It Comes From, and How to Tie It
Buxton Village Books
49
Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing
Buxton Village Books
50At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman (Paperback)John GierachGoodreads
51Australian Encyclopedia of Fishing
Fishing Tackle Shop
52Basic Fishing Lure CarvingWHSmith
53Bear and Hare Go Fishing (Hardcover)Emily GravettGoodreads
54Begin Fishing the Right WayWHSmith
55Beyond Fair ChaseOutdoor Life
56BloodtiesOutdoor Life
57Bluffer’s Guide To FishingWHSmith
58BugWaterDIY Fly Fishing
59
Carp Fishing Manual: The step-by-step guide to becoming a better…
WHSmith
60
Chasing Tuna: The Beginner’s Guide to West Coast Offshore Fishing
Best Reviews
61
Classic Fishing Stories: Twenty Timeless Angling Tales
Buxton Village Books
62
Classic Salmon Fly Patterns: The Bible of Salmon Patterns
WHSmith
63
Click, Clack, Splish, Splash: A Counting Adventure
The Bump
64
Coarse Fishing Manual: The step-by-step guide
WHSmith
65
Complete Book of Fishing Baits and Rigs | Julie and Lawrie McEnally
Fishing Tackle Shop
66
Confessions of a Carp Fisher (New edition)
WHSmith
67CrosscurrentsJames R BabbThe Guardian
68Dances With Trout (Paperback)John GierachGoodreads
69Dead Creek (A Loon Lake Mystery #2)Victoria HoustonGoodreads
70Dead Frenzy (A Loon Lake Mystery, #4)Victoria HoustonGoodreads
71Death in the Long GrassOutdoor Life
72Double Whammy (Paperback)Carl HiaasenGoodreads
73
Dr.Fish Assorted Offshore Fishing Soft Plastic Lures Shrimp Bait Prawn Kit Pre-rigged Leader
Best Reviews
74Even Brook Trout Get The Blues (Paperback)John GierachGoodreads
75
Every Day Was Special: A Fly Fisher’s Lifelong Passion
DIY Fly Fishing
76
Faithful Travellers: A Father, His Daughter, a Journey of the Heart…
WHSmith
77
Fishing Basics: The Complete Illustrated Guide
Fishing Rex
78Fishing DayThe Bump
79
Fishing Mapbook: Southwestern BC: Region 2: Lower…
WHSmith
80
Fishing North Carolina’s Outer Banks: The Complete Guide to Catching More Fish from Surf, Pier, Sound, & Ocean
Buxton Village Books
81
Fishing the Greenbrier Valley: An Angler’s Guide
WHSmith
82Fishing the Roanoke ValleyWHSmith
83Fishing the Salmon RiverSpider RybaakEbay
84
Fishing’s Strangest Tales (Strangest)
WHSmith
85fly fishing books handbook of hatchesDave HughesEbay
86Fly Fishing for BeginnersChris Hansen
Fishing Book Club
87
Fly Fishing for Trout: The Next Level
WHSmith
88Fly Fishing is EasyPuddepha, D.NEbay
89Fly Fishing Small Streams (Paperback)John GierachGoodreads
90
Fly fishing the tidewaters of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay
EA Sons
91Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis (Paperback)Howell RainesGoodreads
92Fly Fishing: 2 in 1 GuideJoe Steender
Fishing Book Club
93Fly Tying BibleWHSmith
94Fly-Fishing for BonefishDIY Fly Fishing
95
Fly-Fishing the 41st: From Connecticut to Mongolia and Home Again: A Fisherman’s Odyssey
Buxton Village Books
96Flyfishing for Coarse FishWHSmith
97Flyfishing the High Country (Paperback)John GierachGoodreads
98
Flywater: Fly-Fishing Rivers of the West
Kayak Base
99Fool’s Paradise (Hardcover)John GierachGoodreads
100Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food (Hardcover)Paul GreenbergGoodreads
101Fox Guide to Commercial FisheriesWHSmith
102Fox Guide to Modern Carp FishingWHSmith
103Fox Guide to Modern Sea AnglingWHSmith
104Friendly Fishing Hotels of WalesWHSmith
105
Geoff Wilsons Basic waterproof fishing knots book
Fishing Tackle Shop
106
Geoff Wilsons Complete book of fishing knots and rigs
Fishing Tackle Shop
107Glory of the silver kingEA Sons
108Going FishingNegley FarsonThe Guardian
109Green Hills of AfricaOutdoor Life
110Habit of RiversOutdoor Life
111Haynes coarse fishing manualEA Sons
112Hemingway on Fishing (Paperback)Ernest HemingwayGoodreads
113
Hilarious Hunting and Fishing Cartoons
The Rogue Angler
114History of Fly-Fishing in Fifty FliesKayak Base
115How To Shit in the Woods
The Rogue Angler
116Hunting’s Best Short StoriesOutdoor Life
117I Know a Good PlaceClive GammonThe Guardian
118In a Village by the Sea (Hardcover)Muon Thị VănGoodreads
119
Incredible–and True!–Fishing Stories
WHSmith
120Jangles: A Big Fish Story (Hardcover)David ShannonGoodreads
121Just Fishing With GrandmaThe Bump
122Kahawai: The People’s FishWHSmith
123
Knowing Bass: The Scientific Approach to Catching More Fish
Fishing Rex
124
L.L Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing
Kayak Base
125Lake Fishing in VirginiaWHSmith
126Lana’s World: Let’s Go Fishing!Erica SilvermanSnotrocket
127Little Critter: Just Fishing With GrandmaGina MayerSnotrocket
128McElligot’s PoolThe Bump
129Meditations on HuntingOutdoor Life
130Moby DickOutdoor Life
131Morrow Guide to Knot
Buxton Village Books
132
No Skunks On My Boat: Secrets Of An Offshore Fishing Junkie
Best Reviews
133
North Carolina’s Ocean Fishing Piers: From Kitty Hawk to Sunset Beach
Buxton Village Books
134
North Island Trout Fishing Guide (4th Revised edition)
WHSmith
135
Nymph Fishing: New Angles, Tactics, and Techniques
WHSmith
136
Offshore Pursuit: A Complete Guide to Blue-Water Sport Fishing
Best Reviews
137Old Man and the SeaOutdoor Life
138One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue FishDr. Seuss
The Fisheries Blog
139One Frozen LakeDeborah Jo LarsonSnotrocket
140One Man’s WildernessOutdoor Life
141Orvis Fly Fishing GuideKayak Base
142
Orvis Vest Pocket Guide to Leaders, Knots, and Tippets
Kayak Base
143Pale Morning DoneOutdoor Life
144
People Fishing: A Century of Photographs
WHSmith
145Pocket Guide AFN Fish ID Book
Fishing Tackle Shop
146Pocket Guide to Fishing KnotsWHSmith
147Pop FleyesEA Sons
148Practical Barbel FishingWHSmith
149Practical Fishing Knots
Buxton Village Books
150Rod and LineArthur RansomeThe Guardian
151Salmon Without RiversJim Lichatowich
The Fisheries Blog
152
Salt Water Fly Fishing (Blue Water Classics)
WHSmith
153
Saltwater Tales: Offshore, Bay, and Surf Fishing Adventures with Proven Tips and Techniques
Best Reviews
154Sand County AlmanacOutdoor Life
155
Sea Fishing (River Cottage Handbook No. 6)
WHSmith
156
Sea Fishing Properly Explained (Digital original)
WHSmith
157Secrets Of Fly Fishing For TroutWHSmith
158Sex, Death, and Fly-Fishing (Paperback)John GierachGoodreads
159
Shark Drunk: The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber…
WHSmith
160
Sight-Fishing for Striped Bass : Fly-Fishing Strategies for Inshore, Offshore and the Surf
Best Reviews
161
Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod & Reel
Buxton Village Books
162Skyfishing: (A Grand Tale with Grandpa)Gideon StererGoodreads
163Small ambassadeursEA Sons
164
Sportsman’s Best Offshore Fishing Book and DVD Pro Tips Dolphin Tuna Wahoo
Best Reviews
165Standing in a River Waving a Stick (Paperback)John GierachGoodreads
166Steelhead Fly FishingTrey CombsEbay
167Still Life With Brook Trout (Paperback)John GierachGoodreads
168Sunlit Riffles and Shadowed Runs
The Rogue Angler
169SwimmyLeo Lionni
The Fisheries Blog
170Tale of Two RiversWHSmith
171
The Angler’s Practical Guide to Fishing: Freshwater – Game…
WHSmith
172
The Art of Big Game Hunting in North America
Outdoor Life
173The Berenstain Bears Gone Fishin’!Mike BerenstainSnotrocket
174
The Best Flies of A.K. Best: 104 Essentials from a Master Fly Tyer
WHSmith
175
The Billfish Story: Swordfish, Sailfish, Marlin, and Other Gladiators of the Sea
Buxton Village Books
176
The Bug Book: A Fly Fisher’s Guide to Trout Stream Insects
Kayak Base
177The Classic Guide to Fly FishingThe Works
178
The Complete Book of Fishing Knots, Leaders, and Lines
WHSmith
179The Complete Book of Fly FishingTom McNally
Fishing Book Club
180The Complete Fishing ManualWHSmith
181The cruiser’s handbook of fishingEA Sons
182The Fish’s Eye (Paperback)Ian FrazierGoodreads
183The Fisherman’s Ultimate Knot GuideJohn E. SherryDrowning Worms
184
The Fly Fishing Manual: The ultimate step-by-step guide
WHSmith
185The Fly-fishing PredatorWHSmith
186
The Fly-Tying Bible: 100 Deadly Trout and Salmon Flies in Step-by-Step Photographs
DIY Fly Fishing
187
The Fox Complete Guide to Carp Fishing
WHSmith
188
The L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing (L. L. Bean)
DIY Fly Fishing
189The Little Book of Fishing TipsWHSmith
190The Morrow Guide to KnotsFishing Rex
191
The Orvis Guide to Leaders, Knots, and Tippets: A Detailed…
WHSmith
192The Orvis Guide to Prospecting for Trout, New and Revised: How to Catch Fish When There’s No Hatch to Match (Paperback)Tom RosenbauerGoodreads
193The Painter (Hardcover)Peter HellerGoodreads
194The Pocket Fishing Record BookEA Sons
195
The Song of the Solitary Bass Fisher
WHSmith
196
The Tarpon Book: A Complete Angler’s Guide Book 3…
WHSmith
197Til Death or Fly Fishing Do Us Part
The Rogue Angler
198Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World’s Deadliest Jobs (Hardcover)Andy HillstrandGoodreads
199Trout Madness (Paperback)Robert TraverGoodreads
200Trout Magic (Paperback)Robert TraverGoodreads
201
True North: Reflections on Fishing and Life Well Lived
WHSmith
202View From Rat Lake (Paperback)John GierachGoodreads
203Vintage Hunting AlbumOutdoor Life
204
Waterproof Book of Essential Fishing Knots
EA Sons
205Wet-Fly Tying and FishingWHSmith
206What Fish Is That? 2nd edWHSmith
207Your Inner FishNeil Shubin
The Fisheries Blog
208Zander Fishing: A Complete GuideWHSmith


20 Best Books About Fishing Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
Best Reviews Top 10 Offshore Fishing Books of 2018 – Best Reviews Guide
Buxton Village Books Fishing the Outer Banks | Buxton Village Books
DIY Fly Fishing Best Fly Fishing Books – DIY Fly Fishing
Drowning Worms The 15 Best Fishing Books Money Can Buy | Drowning Worms
EA Sons Fishing General – Easons
Ebay Fishing Books | eBay
Fisher Pants Top rated fishing books of 2018 | Advice & Reviews – Fishing & Hunting
Fishing Book Club Best Fly Fishing Books for Beginners – Fishing book club
Fishing Rex Best Fishing Books 2018 – Learn From the Pros and Catch More Fish
Fishing Tackle Shop Fishing Books – Fishing Guide | Fishing Tackle Shop
Goodreads Popular Fishing Books – Goodreads
Kayak Base Top 10 Best Fly Fishing Books 2018 – Books on Fly Fishing
Outdoor Life The Top 20 Books for Hunters and Anglers | Outdoor Life
Snotrocket Fish Tales: The Best Books on Fishing Fun for Kids – Snot Rocket Fun …
The Bump Children’s Story Books About Fishing – Living The Bump
The Fisheries Blog Top 10 Books About Fish – The Fisheries Blog
The Guardian Charles Rangeley-Wilson’s favourite books about fishing – The Guardian
The Rogue Angler fly fishing books humor, funny fly fishing books … – The Rogue Angler
The Works Fishing Books | Buy Cheap Fishing Books Online at The Works
WHSmith Fishing and Angling Books | WHSmith

 

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