Thought I'd start a thread for recommended reads - fishing-related fiction, non-fiction, travel, instructional, etc. Here are a few recent occupants of my bedside table (well, floor actually). None of them are new, nor obscure, but they deserve another plug anyway:Fishless Days, Angling Nights by Sparse Grey Hackle. n A fun read from the days of wool, rubber and cane. Mr. Hackle was a great historian of fly fishing, an un-apologetic teller of highly embellished tales in the finest tradition, a great satirist and environmentalist. Most of these stories first appeared in Sports Illustrated, Outdoor Life, American Angler, etc. A great look back at what it used to mean to be "an outdoorsman."The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing by Thomas McGuanen If you haven't read this, get it. Thoroughly enjoyable, and not a word wasted. McGuane can make just about anything that motivates his pen fascinating.Fly Fishing by E. Donnal Thomas Jr. (from the Outside Magazine Adventure Travel Series). n While not a big fan of Outside magazine (especially since Quammen quit writing for them), I was pleasantly surprised when I got this as a gift. Its a destination book, and its chapters span Christmas Island to Russia to Venezuela, as well as plently of places closer to home, like Florida, Montana and Texas. What elevates it above yet another cool, exotic destination book though, is that Thomas provides useful sections for each location on logistics, season, fly/tackle recommendations, and even conservation issues affecting the fishing in that area. There's a fair bit of cultural info as well on the more far-flung places, and lots of nice pics. Not a jaw-dropping read by any means, but one of the better fly travel books I've seen.My Life as Told by Water by David James Duncan.n Great. Author of The River Why. 'Nuff said.
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