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If you can't get out fishing, the next best thing is to read about it. Fortunately, fishing writers have been prolific over the centuries and there is no shortage of books on our favourite subject. Of particular interest, perhaps, are those written during the past century. For my own part, it is the books on the subject of fly fishing, for trout, salmon and sea trout, which hold the most interest. I list here a selection of some of my favourite fishing books. Some provide instruction, others inspiration. Some are simply a good read. Unfortunately, many are now out of print and can only be obtained from second hand book dealers. Many, however, are still available, either new or used, from Amazon.

 

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General Fly Fishing Books

 

Fishing Books - Going Fishing by Negley Farson

 

Negley Farson -  "Going Fishing"

Tales of fishing and adventure in the early part of the century from a well travelled fishing journalist. The book conveys a true feel for the places and people he encountered in his travels from the Scottish Hebrides to the South American Andes.

Fishing Books - Days and Nights of Game Fishing

 

W. B. Currie - "Days and Nights of Game Fishing"

A  collection of essays drawn from the author's wide ranging experience, from sea trout fishing on the Shiel and Spey to brown trout on the lochs of Mull to salmon fishing on the Helmsdale, Tay and Tweed. A thoroughly enjoyable read

 

Fishing Books - Complete Fly Fisher

 

C. F. Walker (editor) 1963 -  "The Complete Fly-Fisher"

The editor brought together some excellent contributors, including "Jock Scott" (salmon, F. W. Holiday (sea trout), Oliver Kite (Chalk streams), E. Horsfall Turner (Rain fed rivers) and H. A. Oatts (Loch trout) to produce this comprehensive survey of all aspects of fly fishing in the early sixties.

 

 Peter Lapsley (editor) 1990 - "The Complete Fly-Fisher"

Produced in the same style as the sixties version with a new team of writers, including Neil Graesser (salmon), Moc Morgan (sea trout), Mike Weaver (rain fed rivers), Peter O'Reilly (loch and lough fishing), Peter Lapsley (lakes and reservoirs) and Charles Jardine (fly casting).

 

Trout Fishing Books

 

Fishing Books - Trout Lochs of Scotland

 

Bruce Sandison - "Trout Lochs of Scotland"

Well researched and written guide to the varied trout fishing available on the Scottish lochs. With thousands of lochs to choose from, not an easy task. An excellent starting point for anyone planning a fishing holiday in Scotland.

Fishing Books - Fishing Waters of Scotland

 

M. McLaren and W.B. Currie -  "The Fishing Waters of Scotland"

A good illustrated companion for the travelling fisherman, written by two well known authors who between them have fished many of the Scottish waters listed. Describing a representative selection of the wide variety of fishing available, the experience of the authors is evident throughout.

Fishing Books - Trout by all means

 

T. K. Wilson - "Trout by All Means"

As the title suggests, all methods of catching trout are comprehensively covered, be it fly, worm, minnow or creeper (gadger). Not one for the purist! His wide experience and common sense are in evidence throughout. A great little book by a thoroughly down to earth, practical fisherman.

 

Fishing Books - A Fly Fisher's Life

 

"A Fly Fisher's Life" by Charles Ritz  

"the art and mechanics of fly fishing", with great detail on the technical aspects of rod building and fly casting, written by a man who devoted much of his life to fly fishing and who had access to some of the very best fishing waters.

 

Fishing Books - 200 popular flies

 

Tom Stewart -  "Two Hundred Popular Flies" 1979

An omnibus edition of the four volumes of "Fifty Popular Flies",  produced in response to public demand for the republication of articles which appeared in "Trout and Salmon" without interruption from the late fifties until the author's untimely death in 1975.

Fishing Books - Trout Bum

 

John Gierach  - "Trout Bum"

One of Gierach's early works, this is a more contemporary, often humorous, view of Fly fishing from a self-confessed "trout bum" based in Colorado. For him fly fishing is not simply a passion, more a way of life. A thoroughly good read.

 

Fishing Books - Dictionary of Trout Flies

 

A. Courtney Williams - "A Dictionary of Trout Flies"

This dictionary, first published in 1949, contains a wealth of information on the natural flies that make up the trout's diet and their artificial dressings, with a section on more modern dressings by T. Donald Overfield. Colour plates showing 60 of the most popular patterns.

 

Salmon and Sea Trout Fishing Books

 

 

Fishing Books - Salmon Rivers of Scotland

 

D. Mills and N. Graesser - "The Salmon Rivers of Scotland"

First published in 1981, this book examines the salmon bearing rivers of Scotland in some detail, with useful information on river character, where and when to fish, methods of fishing and availability, featuring detailed maps of the main Scottish river systems.

 

Fishing Books - Great Salmon Rivers

 

John Ashley-Cooper - "The Great Salmon Rivers of Scotland"

Well written by an acknowledged expert of wide experience, giving comprehensive coverage, through excellent maps and illustration, of the character of our four major salmon rivers - Dee, Spey, Tay and Tweed, and the methods employed on them.

Fishing Books - Sea Trout Fishing by Hugh Falkus

 

Hugh Falkus -  "Sea Trout Fishing" 

The most complete book on sea trout fishing I have read, combining practical instruction with fascinating anecdote.  A must for anyone interested in catching sea trout. You will be drawn back time and again for its wealth of knowledge and inspiration. A true classic.

Fishing Books - Salmon Fishing by H. Falkus

 

Hugh Falkus - "Salmon Fishing"

"Salmon Fishing" is a worthy sequel to "Sea Trout Fishing", again based on the author's acute observation, original thinking  and exceptional writing ability, giving an authoritative and comprehensive analysis of the sport of salmon fishing and the techniques required for success.  An excellent practical guide.

 

Fishing Books - Sea Trout Fishing

F. W. Holiday - "River Fishing for Sea Trout " 1960

A good grounding in the tackle and techniques of sea trout fishing in the days of split cane rods and silk lines, based on the author's experience of  Welsh sewin rivers.

 

Dr Peter Coates - "Salmon"

A look at the biological, historical and cultural impact of the king of fish, the salmon. In a series of six chapters, Dr Coates highlights the importance of the salmon, including its culinary and sporting significance throughout the northern hemisphere from Canada to Kamchatka.

   
   
 
 

 

 

 

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