View Full Version : Link to Manley's 1938 guide book to fishing the Smokies

Don Kirk
12-18-2011, 07:59 AM
Here is a link to a digitally reproduced copy of Fishing in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park and Adjacent Waters, published 1938 by its author, Joe F. Manley. This is a pretty darn tough find old hardback. Eddie George gave me his copy sometime in 1980s. I tracked Manley down, giving him one of my guide books to the Smokies, and he signing my copy of his book. He was an interesting fellow I visit with several times before his death. That I had the presence of mind to keep my notes is miraculous.

Manley’s book is neat in the fact it talks as much about bass fishing in the park as it does trout fishing, which makes since insofar as much of the park was not heavily forested when he was a ranger there. His fly selection, though brief, is consistent with a theory I am developing on old patterns in the Smokies for the book I am currently working on.

http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/006516070Vegas details

The same digital library has a copy of Fishing in the Carolinas, by P.A. Murray published in 1941 by The University of North Carolina Press. While it is not exactly a cornucopia of knowledge, it is an interesting period piece.

http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001509663 (http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001509663)

It’s a bit of chore to fish this time of year. These reads do provide reasonable respite from four out of five wives.

12-18-2011, 08:41 AM

Thanks for sharing. I love the old stuff. I have a bunch of old SMHC handbooks that I want to scan as well as the 1933 park guide I have that has different fishing regs than the 1933 online regs that were scanned in.

12-19-2011, 07:01 PM
Amazing how informative this little book is for the time period it was written. Much of the information in the book still holds true today. It would be a good introduction to fishing the park now.:smile:

12-21-2011, 06:12 PM
is available through google
The Outdoorsman's handbook (formerly The Angler's guide)
, Volume 1911 (Google eBook)

12-21-2011, 06:15 PM

this link without vegas worked