View Full Version : Trout reading favorites

10-02-2006, 10:57 AM
Hey all,

I wasn't really sure where to put this topic, so I stuck it here. *:)
I was wondering what some of the boards favorite trout reads are.
As Fall comes around it seems that sitting on the porch, or by the fire with a good fishing book is a great way to pass the time until the next fishing trip. (Other than spending way too much time on message boards, of course.) *;)
I'm just finishing up Thomas McGuane's "The Longest Silence". While this is a very good book, and excellent reading, it sometimes seems way over my head.
Which isn't saying much. ::)
I really enjoyed the Red Green Show. *;D
My real favorites have been John Gierach's "Trout Bum" and "Standing in a River Waving a Stick".

What are yours?



10-02-2006, 01:16 PM
Trout Bum is probably my favorite fly fishing book. I have read it 2 times in the last 4 years and still laugh at some of the stories. John Geirach has another book out titled "Still Life with Brook Trout" I want to get it for this winter. Amazon.com has it. Another book to have is "Prospecting for Trout" by Tom Rosenbauer. It is a pretty good technical book offering techniques to become a better angler. It can be very basic though but sometimes it doesn't hurt to refresh yourself.

10-03-2006, 08:36 PM
Thanks Troutman,

Guess we don't have as many readers in this group as I thought. *;D Just Kidding *;D


10-03-2006, 10:11 PM
I have read nearly all of John Gierach's books (currently reading Still Life with Brook Trout . *Also liked Howell Raines book Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis and highly recommend it as a good read. Can't recall the writer but another good book and story is A Good Life Wasted that I got from local library. I'm sure it is available from Amazon. And don't leave out PAt McMaus books if you like really good humorous writing. *;D
I read a lot.

10-03-2006, 10:32 PM
That should have read Pat McManus. He is a long time contributor to "Out Door Life" Magazine. :-* :-*

10-03-2006, 11:57 PM

Thanks. I picked up Still Life yesterday. I'll check out Pat McManus, cuz I definitely enjoy humor. *;D


Backcountry FF
10-04-2006, 09:56 AM
My vote goes for any of James Babb's books. Fly Fishing Fool is probably my favorite out of the three. For those not in the know, James is Walter Babb's younger brother. He is an extremely talented writer. I may
be a little biased since I hail from the same town as James and Walter
He has several stories about some of my favorite spots in the Smokies as well as the Tellico area. Check them out some time, they are fun reads.

10-04-2006, 04:44 PM
I want to second the choice of Fly Fishing through the Midlife Crisis as the best fly fishing book around.About ten years ago I was looking for a new hobby, since golf was just not very relaxing.I told my wife I may buy a Harley or take up fly fishing.Well the next day or so she gave me a copy of Howell Raines book and after reading it I was hooked,no pun intended.Since then I have gone back and read it several times and have given copies of it to my fishing buddies.If you have not read it you should give it a try, it is a little hard to fine,but just like stalking a wild trout worth the chase.

10-06-2006, 02:41 PM
Its not a fishing book. But it sure is a **** good book. Has anyone read "Marley and Me" by John Grogan. It is by-far the best book Ive ever read. I laughed and cried and laughed some more. Truly life changing.


10-07-2006, 12:40 PM
"a good life wasted" is by dave or david ames. I can't recommend this book enough. i think i read the whole thing in one day. its supposedly true, but some of the stuff definitely has to be fabricated. the basic story line is about a guy (the author) who decides he hates his life working in a cubicle and walks out one day and decides he's just going to fish all the blue ribbon trout waters out west. not having a family or kids, I know i've almost done this more than once. anyway, he ends up on his last 3 bucks in a bar when he overhears someone talking about being short a guide. he lies, says he's a guide (he'd never guided before, and didnt know anything about the local area) and wings it. so the book follows him as he falls into this life. if you've ever wondered what could happen if you just left it all behind and fished, you have to read this.

10-11-2006, 07:34 AM
I agree with the previous post about the books from James Babb. I think James is one of the best sporting writers alive and I have read most of them. What I really like is that his books are short essays on varied topics but generally revolving around fishing or outdoor pursuits. If you haven't read "On the Spine of Time" by Harry Middleton, you are missing a real treasure. Mainly about his experiences in the Smoky Mountains. Please read!

10-11-2006, 08:47 PM
hey Chris, how are things in Upper. I fish the park 4-5 tmes a year but I am from the Lima area. Your local Super Wash is in my zone and I have been to Upper quite a bit lately. Have you been fly fishing in the area and where. We fish the reserviors in Lima to work on our cast, be we also go to the Mad and I ocassionally fish the Auglaize for smallies.....


10-12-2006, 03:42 PM
I recently read The Longest Silence. *I also felt it was over my head a little. *It's definitely a good book, and I enjoyed much of it. *But I guess I'm more of a Gierach kind of guy. *I have read maybe five or six of his books: Trout Bum, Standing in a River Waving a Stick, At the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman, and another one or two that I can't remember the names of right now. *His Fly Fishing Small Streams and Good Flies are also good books. *I adopted several patterns from Good Flies, probably because I like Gierach's writing rather than the flies being more effective. *I'm ashamed to say that I only recently read A River Runs Through It. *I had seen the movie and liked it, but had put off reading the book. *It's a great book.

I had nearly purchased Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis several times, but always placed it back on the shelf. *I'll give it a read now. *Thanks for the suggestions.

Although they aren't works of literature, Fly Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry and No Hatch to Match by Rich Osthoff were enjoyable reads. *Osthoff writes in a no-nonsense manner that keeps me interested. *It's rare that someone writes a book on locations or techniques that makes for a good read.

Take care,

10-12-2006, 04:49 PM
Though not my absolute favorite, I cannot believe that no one has mentioned Izaak Walton's The Compleat Angler. Although somewhat dated, it does give a glimpse of the original flyfisherman and the thoughts about trout in the English countryside.

11-03-2006, 10:02 AM
Hey guys,
Ive read "A Good Life Wasted" and "Crosscurrents" (both in record time!) Im reading "Trout Bum" right now, all of these books have been the best Ive ever read. I guess I kinda forgot about reading when I hit like 13. I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who posted on this and to Justfishing for starting this. Yall have gotten me back to books, feels about as home-y as a trout stream! May a good hatch come to all you guys. :)

always remember LIFE IS GOOD!

11-03-2006, 08:36 PM
Amen to 'The Longest Silence'. Great read. I've read other books by T.G. and this, believe it or not is much easier to keep up with. He has another one just out, can't remember the name though......... and Red Green is too funy.