My Favorite Fly Fishing Literature

January 29, 2022

The Treatyse of Fysshynge Wyth an Angle, Dame Juliana Berners

The Compleat Angler, Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton

A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean  

Home Waters: A Chronicle of Family and a River, John N. Maclean               

The River Why, David James Duncan

My Moby Dick, William Humphrey

The Habit of Rivers: Reflections on Trout Streams and Fly Fishing, Ted Leeson

Jerusalem Creek:  Journeys into Driftless Country, Ted Leeson

The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing, Thomas McGuane

Halcyon Days: The Nature of Trout Fishing and Fishermen, Bryn Hammond

On the Spine of Time: An Angler’s Love of the Smokies, Harry Middleton 

The Earth is Enough: Growing Up in a World of Fly Fishing, Trout, and Old Men, Harry Middleton 

The Bright Country: A Fisherman’s Return to Trout, Wild Water, and Himself, Harry Middleton

Big Two-Hearted River, Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

What the River Knows: An Angler in Midstream, Wayne Fields

Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis, Howell Raines

Holy Water: Fly-fishing Reveries & Remembrances, Jerry Kustich

Around the Next Bend: A Fly Angler’s Journey, Jerry Kustich

Body of Water, Chris Dombrowski

Trout Madness, Robert Traver   

The Testament of a Fisherman, Robert Traver

Anatomy of a Fisherman, Robert Traver 

Death, Taxes, and Leaky Waders: A John Gierach Fly-Fishing Treasury, John Gierach

Spring Creek, Nick Lyons A Fly Fisher’s World, Nick Lyons

The Seasons of a Fisherman, Roderick Haig-Brown       

The Angler, Washington Irving 

Legends of the Fall, Jim Harrison

God’s Kingdom, Howard Frank Mosher                     

Little Rivers: Tales of a Woman Angler, Margot Page

Fishless Days, Angling Nights, Sparse Grey Hackle

Trout Tales and Other Angling Stories, Corey Ford

A Stream: American Writers on Fly Fishing, Robert DeMott, ed. 

Angling Days: A Fly Fisher’s Journals, Robert DeMott

Casting Forward: Fishing Tales from the Texas Hill Country, Steve Ramirez

The Unreasonable Virtue of Fly Fishing, Mark Kurlansky

The Optimist: A Case for the Fly Fishing Life, David Coggins

Haunted by Waters: Fly Fishing in North American Literature, Mark Browning

Fly-Fishing-The Sacred Art: Casting a Fly as a Spiritual Practice, Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer and Rev. Michael Attas 

The Spirituality of Fly Fishing: An Introduction, Jody Martin

Storied Waters, David Van Wie

Fly Fishing for Leadership, John Childress and Christian Bacasa

Wilderness of Hope: Fly Fishing and Public Lands in the American West, Quinn Grover

Graced by Waters: Personal Essays on Fly Fishing and the Transformative Power of Nature,
John Dietsch

The Fly Fisherman’s Guide to the Meaning of Life: What a Lifetime on the Water Has Taught
Me About Love, Work, Food, Sex, and Getting Up Early, Peter Kaminsky