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Annotated bibliography of fly fishing

This annotated bibliography is intended to list both notable and not so notable works of English language, non-fiction and fiction related to the sport of fly fishing listed by year published. Although 100% of any book listed is not necessarily devoted to fly fishing, all these titles have significant fly fishing content. Included in this bibliography is a list of notable public or university library collections devoted to fly fishing.

Annotations

Annotations may reflect descriptive comments from the book's dust jacket, third party reviews or personal, descriptive and qualitative comments by individuals who have read the book. Some older works have links to online versions in the Internet Archive or Google Books.

Notable fly fishing library collections

Library Collection Comments
The Paul and Mary Ann Ford Fly Fishing Collection Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
The focus of the Paul and Mary Ann Ford Fly Fishing Collection is American works about fly fishing in America that are of fine quality in both physical presentation and content. The collection's current emphasis is on the spiritual, sociological, and aesthetic aspects of fly fishing. In addition to books, the collection includes magazines, paintings, prints, sculpture, and needlework. The Fords began transferring the collection to Western Libraries Special Collections in late 2003. It will be transferred in stages and will include newly published works of distinction selected by the Fords.
Kienbusch Angling Collection Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ Collection website
The Kienbusch Collection at Princeton University contains some the of the most extraordinary gems in the history of angling literature. There are about 1500 books and manuscripts in all, representing the collective wisdom of five centuries of angling writers, from Berners to Bergman and beyond ... .
The Kenneth H. Rockey Angling Collection Princeton University Library
The LaFontaine Angling Collection University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center, Rare Book Collection

Laramie, WY

Library website
Frederick and Clara Toppan Angling Book Collection University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center, Rare Book Collection Library website
American Museum of Fly Fishing Manchester, Vermont The museum's library ranks as one of the largest public collections of fly-fishing books in America. Museum Website
The Reed Draper Collection of Angling Books Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

Collection website
Harry Hawthorn Foundation Collection University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
The Library of the University of British Columbia has an excellent collection of books on angling and fly-fishing, known as the Harry Hawthorn Collection. At present it totals more than 1800 books, including many rare and valuable items. This Collection came about as the result of a fishing holiday in 1953 by eight UBC professors and Roderick Haig-Brown at Upper Campbell Lake.
Foundation Website
Milne Angling Collection University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH
The Milne Angling Collection includes a large number of volumes that represent the very beginnings of angling literature. Dame Juliana Berners' A Treatyse of Fysshynge wyth an Angle (1496) is considered the first book on the subject printed in England. Although some question her authorship, Berners, who was prioress of the Benedictine abbey of Sopwell, occupies a similar place in angling literature to that accorded Chaucer in English literature. The Milne Collection contains several editions of Berners' work dating from the 1827 William Pickering edition to modern versions, such as the one published in John McDonald's Quill Gordon (1972).
Collection website
George Harvey Fly-Fishing Literature Collection Penn State University Life Sciences Library, State College, PA Collection website
Trout and Salmonoid Collections Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Since our beginnings in the late Nineteenth Century, the MSU Libraries has strived to develop a world–class research collection in support of the academic goals of our university, including those of local interest with national and international resonance. Sixty years of research on fish and fisheries has given MSU a strong tradition on which to build the nation's preeminent trout and salmonid collection. Not only does the collection support this world–class research, but it is a focal point of local and regional pride for those who care about the salmonid species’ well being and about the waters that flow through this region. Housed in the MSU Libraries’ Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections, this collection is open to the public for use on the premises in a controlled archival environment.

Collection website

Contains the following notable collections: Strung, Norman (Literary manuscripts and correspondence, 1966-1982) Pellicane, Alfred T. (Papers, 1962-2000) Mitchell, Harry B. (Papers, 1953-1965) Agassiz, Louis (Letters, 1854-1858) Salmon Poisoning Research Collection (Papers, 1923-1999) Nick Lyons Ephemera Collection (Corporate records and personal papers, 1932-2005) Behnke, Robert J. (Papers, 1957-2000)

15th century texts

Title Annotations
1496
Berners, Dame Juliana (1496). A Treatise of Fysshynge with An Angle. London: Wynkyn De Worde. Online Version (1880 Reprint)
Although it was once reqarded as the source from which all later works on fly fishing sprang, the Treatyse can now, more correctly, be regarded as a British text on fly fishing which happens to have survived, although its status as the earliest English printed book on fishing means that it remains hugely influential.

17th century texts

Title Annotations
1652
Dennys, John (1652). The Secrets of Angling. London: John Harrison. Online Version (1811 Reprint) The Secrets of Angling contains the first know illustration of an artificial fly. Denny's book was reprinted extensively in the 19th century.
1662
Venables, Colonel Robert (1662). The Experienced Angler or Angling Improved. London: Richard Marriott. Online Version (1827 Reprint) Extensively cited in Herd's The Fly, Venables work provides great insight into the fly tackle and techniques being used in the 17th century

18th century texts

Title Annotations
1766
Brookes, Richard M.D. (1766). The Art of Angling in Two Parts-Comprising all that is curious and valuable in the Art of Angling. London: T. Lowndes. Online Version (1766 Edition) Online Version (7th Edition-1790) The Brookes text, which went through seven editions in the late 18th century, are extremely important in closing the gap of knowledge about fly fishing from the time of Walton to the early 19th century. Brookes is also the first to make written references to fly fishing in saltwater.

19th century texts

Title Annotations
1800
Taylor, Samuel (1800). Angling in All Its Branches. London: T. M. Longman and O'Kees. Online Version Angling in All Its Branches was one of the first works to address Fly fishing for Salmon and tying salmon flies. Taylor was the first fly fishing author to mention the use of a fly tying vice.
1807
Best, Thomas (1807). A Concise Treatise on the Art of Angling. London: B. Crosby & Co. Online Version This work first appeared in 1787 and ran through 13 editions. James Robb notes:
He makes mention of the multiplying reel, the first time we hear of it, but evidently not unknown before his day. In the second part of the book, which has the special title The Complete Fly-fisher, he describes the dressing of many flies and their killing powers. Upon the whole, it is a practical and sensible work.
1811
Bainbrige, George Cole (1811). The Fly-fishers Guide. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longman. Online Version (4th Edition 1840) Bainbridge was one of the first authors to use color plates and The Fly Fisher's Guide contains numerous plates showing fly patterns, materials and tying techniques.
1817
(1817). The North Country Angler; or the Art of Angling as practiced in the Northern Counties of England. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown. Online Version
1833
Rennie, James (1833). Alphabet of Scientific Angling for use of Beginners. London: William Orr. Online Version Andrew Herd credits Rennie with being the first author to describe the complicated methods of producing fly hooks in the 19th century.
1836
Turton, John (1836). The Angler's Manual; or Fly-fisher's Oracle. London: R. Groombridge. Online Version
1837
Kirkbride, John (1837). The Northern Angler; or Fly-Fisher's Companion. Carlisle, Scotland: C. Turhham. Online Version
1839
Ronalds, Alfred (1839). The Fly Fisher's Entomology. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green and Longmans. Online Version This 231 page, well illustrated treatment of British stream insects of importance to the trout and grayling angler laid the foundation for the detailed works on artificial fly imitation theory that followed for the next 100 years, .
1847
Wallwork, James (1847). The Modern Angler-Comprising Angling in all Its Branches. Manchester, England: James Cheltenham. Online Version
1851
Hutchinson, Horace. G. (1851). Fly-Fishing in Salt and Freshwater. London: John Van Voorst. Online Version
1852
Akerman, John Yonge (1852). Spring Tide; or the Angler and his Friends. London: Richard Bentley. Online Version
1854
Bowlker, Charles (1854). Bowlker's Art of Angling-Containing Directions for Fly-fishing, Trolling, Making Artificial Flies, etc.. London: Longman, Brown & Co. The Art of Angling was in print for over 100 years in 16 editions from 1747 to 1854
As John Waller Hills says in Fly Fishing for Trout, "Its excellence lies in three features: the directions for fly fishing including one of the early recommendations of upstream fishing, the directions for fly dressing, and the knowledge shewn of the life of the natural fly, which is in advance of anything that had appeared before.
Online Version
Cartwright, William (Clericus) (1854). Rambles and Recollections of a Fly-fisher--Illustrated with an appendix contai'ning ample instrucitions to the novice inclusive of fly-making, and a list of really useful flies. London: Chapman and Hall. Online Version
1857
Stewart, W. C. (1857). The Practical Angler; or the Art of Trout-Fishing. Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black. Online Version (1st Edition); Online Version (5th Edition, 1867);

Online Version (8th Edition, 1883); Online Version (1907 Edition)

1859
Herbert, Henry William (1859). Frank Forrester's Fish and Fishing of the United States and British Provinces of North America. New York: Geo. E. Woodward. Online Version Frank Forrester, the pseudonym for English born Henry William Herbet was one of the most popular sporting writers before the Civil War. He popularized Hunting and Fishing with commercially successful sporting books such as this one, .
1860
Wade, Henry (1860). Rod Fishing in Clear Waters by Fly, Minnow and Worm-With and Short and Easy Method for the Art of Dressing Flies. London: Bell and Daldy. Online Version
1864
Norris, Thaddeus (1864). The American Angler's Book: Embracing The Natural History of Sporting Fish, and The Art Of Taking Them. With Instructions In Fly-Fishing, Fly-Making, And Rod-Making; and Directions For Fish-Breeding.. Philadelphia: E. H. Butler and Co.. Online Version
Thaddeus Norris, who Arnold Gingrich called the American Walton, is widely regarded as the most important American angling author of the nineteenth century. His American Angler's Book, first published in 1864, lasted far longer that most modern fishing books seem to, and was a monument of practical instruction.
(1864). The Modern Angler-Containing instructions on the Art of Fly-fishing, Spinning and Bottom-fishing. London: Alfred & Son. Online Version
1865
Roosevelt, Robert Barnwell (1865). Superior Fishing; or The Striped Bass, Trout and Black Bass of the Northern States. New York: Carelton Publishers. Online Version
Fitzgibbon, Edward (1865). A Handbook of Angling teaching Fly-fishing, trolling, bottom-fishing and Salmon-fishing. London: Longmans, Green & Co. Online Version
1867
Burgess, J. T. (1867). Angling: A Practical Guide to Bottom-fishing, Trolling and Fly-fishing. London: Frederick Warne & Co. Online Version
1869
Scott, Genio C. (1869). Fishing in American Waters. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers. Online Version
1873
Hallock, Charles (1873). The Fishing Tourist. New York: Harper & Brothers. Online Version
1876
Brown, John J. (1876). The American Angler's Guide. New York: D. Appleton & Company. Online Version
1884
Roosevelt, Robert Barnwell (1884). Superior Fishing; or The Striped Bass, Trout, Black Bass and Bluefish of the Northern States. New York: Orange Judd.
1885
Orvis, Charles F.; Cheney, A. Nelson (1885). Fishing With The Fly. Troy, NY: H. B. Nims & Co. Online Version
1886
Halford, F. M. (1886). Floating Flies and How To Dress Them. A Treatise on the Most Modern Methods of Dressing Artificial Flies for Trout and Grayling with Full Illustrated Directions and Containing Ninety Hand-Coloured Engravings of the Most Killing Patterns Together with a Few Hints to Dry-Fly Fishermen.. London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle, and Rivington. Online Version This was Halford's first book, and it launched the opening salvo in the decades long battle pitting fly fishers favoring the floating fly against those endorsing the sunk fly, an argument which today seems as appropriate as the house cook slipping on boxing gloves in preparation to picking out fly droppings from the black pepper. Nine color plates of hand colored flies. One color chart. Text illustrations. Six 19th century American fly patterns laid in. 136 pp. including index.
1887
Keene, J. Harrington (1887). Fly Fishing and Fly Making for Trout. New York: O. Judd & Co. Online Version
1898
Taylor, J. Paul (1898). Fishing and Fishers. London: Ward, Lock and Company, Limited. Online Version
1899
Grey of Fallodon, Viscount (1899). Fly Fishing. London: The Temple Press. Online Version A readable but comprehensive discussion of wet fly, dry fly, sea-trout and salmon fly fishing written in an easy, story-telling style. A angling classic

Fly fishing history, bibliographies and literature reviews

Title Annotations
1856
Blakey, Robert (1856). Historical Sketches of the Angling Literature of All Nations - To which is added A Bibliography of English Writers on Angling. London: John Russell Smith. Online Version A piece of angling literature for which Paul Schullery says:
His history is suspect, at best. Westwood and Sachell, in their milestone Bibliotheca Piscatoria (1883), give the following opinions of Historical Sketches: "A slip-shod and negligent work, devoid of all real utility. A mere farrago of matter relevant and irrelevant, of indiscriminate sweepings from miscellaneous sources, of quotations incorrectly given and of so-called original passages the vaqueness and uncertainty of which rob them of all weight and value. Names and dates are seldom given, or are inaccurately...." They go on to catalog a few of the grosser errors and conclude that the book's only value is in its excellent bibliography, which, as we will see, also has its problems.
1921
Hills, John Waller (1921). A History of Fly Fishing for Trout. London: Phillp Allan & Co. Online Version Andrew Herd credits Hill with the first attempt to codify the history of fly fishing, albeit Hill's work shows a distinctly British bias and disregard for other European influences.
Radcliffe, William (1921). Fishing From the Earliest Times. London: John Murray.
1939
Goodspeed, Charles E. (1939). Angling in America-Its Early History and Literature. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.
1945
Robb, James (1945). Notable Angling Literature. London: Herbert Jenkins Limited.
1970
Starkman, Susan B.; Read, Stanley E. (1970). The Contemplative Man's Recreation: A Bibliography of Books on Angling and Game Fish in the Library of The University of British Columbia. Vancouver, Canada: The Library of the University of British Columbia. Contains a Chronological Appendix Indicating Landmarks in the Evolution of Angling Literature and Some Prefatory Matters Pertaining to the History of The Harry Hawthorn Foundation for the Inculcation and Propagation of the Principles and Ethics of Fly-Fishing. Contains illustrations.
1972
McDonald, John (1972). Quill Gordon. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
1973
Gingrich, Arnold (1973). The Joys of Trout. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. Listed as one of the modern "classics" of angling in the University of New Hampshire Library Milne Angling Collection
1974
Gingrich, Arnold (1974). The Fishing In Print-A Guided Tour Through Five Centuries of Angling Literature. New York: Winchester Press. Gingrich, the well known founding editor of Esquire magazine surveys the major pieces of classic and modern fly fishing literature up through the 1950s. It is an excellent read to get a better understanding of the evolution of the various styles of fly fishing--wet, nymphs, dry, etc as originally written about by the likes of Halford, Skues, Gordon and Jennings along with many others.
Arnold Gingrich, founding editor of Esquire magazine, is a tremendous part of the literary history of fly fishing. The Fishing In Print, The Joys of Trout, and The Well-Tempered Angler are indispensable titles to the well-read fly fisherman of today.
'''1981
Waterman, Charles F. (1981). A History of Angling. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Winchester Press.
1993
Sheets, K. A. (1993). American Fishing Books-A Guide to Values. Ann Arbor, MI: Anglers and Scholars. An alphabetical, by author, list of over 2000 titles of American published fishing books with values for collectable copies estimated by the author.
1996
Schullery, Paul (1996). American Fly Fishing-A History. Norwalk, CT: The Easton Press. Sponsored by the American Museum of Fly Fishing, Manchester, CT, when Paul Schullery was the managing director, Fly Fishing-A History is probably the most contemporary and complete treatise on the evolution of fly fishing as it is known today, .
1998
Schwiebert, Ernest (1998). The Henryville Flyfishers-- A Chronicle of American Fly Fishing. Far Hills, NJ: Meadow Run Press. A fascinating account by Ernest Schwiebert and one of the seminal books on American Fly Fishing clubs.
1999
Schullery, Paul (1999). Royal Coachman-The Lore and Legends of Fly-Fishing. New York: Simon and Schuster. While giving due respect to the elders of Fly-Fishing history, Schullery celebrates some lesser-known fisherman and some seldom-appreciated waters, such as the limestone streams of Pennsylvania. He muses on the pursuit of the ever-more perfectly "natural" fly and contrasts that quest with the storied success of the Royal Coachman, perhaps the gaudiest fly ever invented.
2001
Herd, Andrew Dr (2001). The Fly. Ellesmere, Shropshire: Medlar Press.
2002
Hayter, Tony (2002). F.M. Halford and the Dry-Fly Revolution. London: Rober Hale. The first definitive biography of the father of dry fly fishing.
2004
Nemes, Sylvester (2004). Two centuries of soft-hackled flies-A survey of literature complete with original patterns. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.
2008
Schullery, Paul (2008). If Fish Could Scream--An Angler's Search For The Future of Fly Fishing. Mechanicburg, PA: Stackpole Books. From the Fireside Angler:
In seven essays sometimes controversial, sometimes reflective, all fascinating, Paul Schullery ruminates on the evolution of fly fishing and delves into the big issues affecting the world of fly fishing today and tomorrow. Dams’ effect on fishing, the supposed cruelty of catch-and-release, competition among fly fishers, spinning versus fly fishing, and how transportation has changed the sport are just a few of the topics he covers.

General fly fishing

Title Annotations
1920
Francis, Francis (1920). A Book on Angling Being A Complete Treatise on the Art of Angling in Every Branch. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippencott. Online Version
St John, Larry (1920). Practical Fly Fishing. New York: MacMillan Company. Online Version
1965
Gingrich, Arnold (1965). The Well Tempered Angler. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. More on the fishing life than how to, but lots of good stuff about light tackle fly fishing from the founding editor of Esquire. Contains useful bibliographic references to other fly fishing literature.
1969
Slaymaker II, S. R. (1969). Simplified Fly Fishing. New York: Harper & Row Publishers. A general treatise on the basics of freshwater, warmwater and saltwater fly fishing and tackle.
Sam Slaymaker is a 'complete' a fly fisherman as we have, and despite his profession of simplification, he hasn't held back one iota of his own sophisticated practice of writing in this book--Arnold Gingrich.
1972
Latham, Roger; Bashline, James; Chandler, Leon; DuBois, Donald; Elliot, Bob; Green, Larry; Harvey, George; McNally, Tom; Sosin, Mark; Waterman, Charles (1972). There's No Fishing Like Fly Rod Fishing-The Cortland Series. New York: Richard Rosen's Press Inc. A compendium of articles by top fly fishing experts on the various aspects of freshwater, warmwater and saltwater fly fishing and tackle. Sponsored by the Cortland Line Company.
Hidy, V. S. Pete (1972). The Pleasures of Fly Fishing. New York: Winchester Press. A beautiful compilation of vignettes on fly fishing accompanied by excellent photography of fly fishing experiences.
1991-1996
This is a twenty-five volume set published by Kreh and other authors covers almost every aspect of the sport of fly fishing. Contains the following titles:
  • Kreh, Lefty (1992). Fly Fishing For Trout-Volume 1-Special Techniques. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Goddard, John (1993). Fly Fishing For Trout-Volume 2-Understanding Trout Behavior. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Tullis, Larry (1993). Fly Fishing For Trout-Volume 3-Small Fly Techniques. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Whitlock, Dave (1994). Fly Fishing For Trout-Volume 4-Imitating and Fishing Natural Fish Foods. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Hughes, Dave (1995). Fly Fishing For Trout-Volume 5-Fishing The Four Seasons. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Tullis, Larry (1995). Fly Fishing For Trout-Volume 6-Nymphing Strategies. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1993). Professionals' Favorite Flies-Volume 1-Dry Flies, Emergers, Nymphs & Terrestials. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1994). Professionals' Favorite Flies-Volume 2-Streamers, Poppers, Crustaceans and Saltwater Patterns. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1992). American Masters Fly Fishing Symposium-Part One-Skills. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1992). American Masters Fly Fishing Symposium-Part Two-Tackle. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1993). American Masters Fly Fishing Symposium-Part Three-The Travel, the Fish, the Life. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1994). Fly Fishing Knots and Connections. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1991). Modern Fly Casting Method-Mastering the Essential Casts. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1994). Advanced Fly Casting. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Richards, Bruce (1994). Modern Fly Lines. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1991). Lefty's Little Tips-200 Innovative Ideas For Improving Your Fly Fishing. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1991). Fly Fishing Techniques and Tactics. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty; Middleton, Harry (1993). Lefty's Favorite Fly Fishing Waters-Volume One-United States. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Bitton, Dennis (1995). A Field Guide To Fly Fishing. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1992). Fly Fishing for Bonefish, Permit & Tarpon. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1993). Fly Fishing for Bass-Smallmouth, Largemouth, Exotics. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1995). Fly Fishing The Inshore Waters. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Teeny, Jim (1994). The Teeny Technique For Steelhead & Salmon. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Law, Glenn (1995). A Concise History of Fly Fishing. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.
  • Kreh, Lefty (1996). Lefty's Favorite Fishing Stories & Complete Index. Birmingham, Alabama: Odysseus Editions.

2001
Merwin, John (2001). Streamer Fly Fishing - A Practical Guide to the Best Patterns and Methods of Fishing the Streamer in Rivers, Lakes and Salt Water. New York: Lyons Press.

Fly fishing for trout

Title Annotations
1851
Pulman, George Phillip Rigney (1851). The Vade Mecum of Fly Fishing for Trout; being a complete treatise on that part of the art of angling. London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans. Sylvester Nemes wrote:
Many books on the history of fly fishing for trout credit George Pulman for being the first writer to suggest fishing trout flies as dry flies. Pulman builds up to the introduction of the dry fly by writing very vell about the principle of trout-fly imitation, including size, color and form
Online Version
1860
Drake, Grey (1860). A Concise Practical Treatise on Artificial Fly Fishing For Trout. London: G. Berger. Online Version
1888
Halford, F. M. (1888). Dry Fly Fishing-In Theory and Practice. London: Ballantine Press. Online Version
1889
Cutcliffe, H. C. (1889). The Art of Trout Fishing on Rapid Streams. London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington. Online Version
1902
Rhead, Louis (1902). The Speckled Brook Trout. New York: R. H. Russell. Online Version
1909
Riddell, J. A. (1909). All About Trout Fishing. London: The Walter Scott Publishing Co. Online Version
1910
Skues, G.E.M. (1910). Minor Tactics of the Chalk Stream. London: A & C Black. Online Version In Notable Angling Literature (1945) James Robb said of Skues and Minor Tactics

One of the subtlest writers on fishing with fly in any form is G.E.M. Skues, the author of Nymph Fishing. His book Minor Tactics of the Chalk Stream, put and end to the dry-fly purist and brought the angling world back to sanity

1912
Gill, Emlyn M. (1912). Practical Dry Fly Fishing. New York: Charles Scribners & Sons. Online Version
1913
Camp, Samuel G. (1913). Fishing with Floating Flies. New York: Outing Publishing Company. Online Version
1914
La Branche, George M. L. (1914). The Dry Fly and Fast Water. New York: Charles Scribner's and Sons. Online version The Dry Fly and Fast Water is one of the classic works on American fly fishing. In it La Branche, a contemporary of Theodore Gordon, helped established a unique early 20th Century American approach to dry fly fishing distinctly evolved from the long-standing theories of the British angler Halford, .
Southard, Charles Zibeon (1914). Trout Fly-fishing in America. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co. Online Version
1916
Bradford, Charles (1916). The Determined Angler and the Brook Trout. New York: G. P. Putnam & Sons. Online Version
1921
Skues, G.E.M. (1921). The Way of a Trout with the Fly: And some further studies in minor tactics. London: Adams and Charles Black. Online Version Skues was the greatest early twentieth-century authority on nymph fishing for trout., , , .

Dr. Andrew Herd characterizes The Way of The Trout:

This is a classic and I often wonder if Skues knew it would be when he set pen to paper. The book is inspirational in a way that Halford's work never was and grips the reader's attention right from the cover, which in the first edition bears the words: ....

The Way of a Trout shows Skues at the height of his powers and it contains the best of his thinking on fishing nymphs and semi-submerged patterns, illustrated by the sort of asides, stories and vast fund of experience that only he could call upon.

Rhead, Louis (1921). How To Fish The Dry Fly. Brooklyn, New York: Louis Rhead. Online Version
1922
Bridgett, Robert C. (1922). Dry Fly Fishing. London: Robert Jenkins Limited. Online Version
1924
Dunne, J. W. (1924). Sunshine and the Dry Fly. London: Adam & Charles Black, Ltd.
1931
Harding, Col E. W. (1931). The Flyfisher & the Trout's Point of View: New Light on Flyfishing Theory & Practice. Seeley Service & Company, Ltd.
1939
Skues, G.E.M. (1939). Nymph Fishing for Caulk Stream Trout. London: A & C Black.
1940
Connett, Eugene V. III (1940). Any Luck? - Trout Fishing. New York: Garden City Publishing Inc.
1950
Marinaro, Vincent C. (1950). A Modern Dry Fly Code. New York: G. P. Putnam Sons. One of the most important angling books of the 20th Century A Modern Dry Fly Code, Marinaro revolutionized American trout fishing with his experiences on the Pennsylvania spring creeks in the 1940s and 50s. Dr. Andrew Herd wrote:
A Modern Dry Fly Code was first published in 1950 and it remains a popular work, having been reprinted at least twice. The Code attracted attention right from the start because there was more in it about terrestrials than there was about mayflies and also because the author focused attention on small imitations to an extent that had never been encouraged before. Marinaro was a brave man for doing it and for some time he stood out as a lone voice in the wilderness; he was challenged, for example, for suggesting that size 14 was the largest hook needed for a dry fly imitation (this was in the days before hooks were available in sizes below 20s). In retrospect, Marinaro probably kicked off a fashion for tiny patterns that went just a little too far before it corrected itself, but his basic point was well made.
Skues, G.E.M. (1950). Silk, Fur and Feather, The Trout-Fly Dressers Year. London: Fishing Gazette.
1951
Skues, G.E.M. (1951). Itchen Memories. London: Herbert Jenkins.
1952
Bergman, Ray (1952). Trout. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Ray Bergman, one of the great angling writers of the 20th Century --The Dr. Spock of American fly fishing in the mid-20th century--was a former editor of Outdoor Life magazine. Arnold Gingrich in the Joys of Trout:
Bergman's Trout is the largest (451 pages) ever devoted to one fish in American publishing history. Many anglers, obviously feeling that there's nothing you can learn from a book that you can't learn better from a fish, consider their libraries complete once they've bought their copies of Bergman's Trout.
Everett, Fred (1952). Fun With Trout. Harrisburg, PA: The Telegraph Press.
1956
Walker, C.F. (1956). Angling Letters of G.E.M. Skues. London: Adam and Charles Black.
1957
Quick, Jim (1957). Trout Fishing and Trout Flies. South Brunswick, NJ: A. S. Barnes. An easy reading, contemporary (post WW II) review of the various species of trout, how to fish for them and the various types of flies to use. Contains a dictionary of 'Productive Patterns' with pattern recipes and nice color plates.
1960
Hidy, Vernon S. (1960). Sports Illustrated Book of Wet-Fly Fishing. Time Inc.
Quick, James (1960). Fishing The Nymph. New York: Ronald Press.
1963
Fox, Charles K. (1963). This Wonderful World of Trout. Carlisle, PA: Foxcrest. Fox, who Arnold Gingrich calls the Chaucer of the Le Tort, was one the Pennsyvannia spring creek anglers who pioneered terrestrial fishing with small flies on spring creeks. Gingrich believed This Wonderful World of Trout deserved a permanent place in every fly fishers library.
1967
Flick, Arthur B. (1967). The New Streamside Guide to Naturals and their Imitations. New York: Crown Publishers Inc. Describes the flies and nymphs significant in trout fishing, and explains the procedures for constructing imitations
1970
Brooks, Charles E. (1970). Larger Trout for the Western Fly Fisherman. New York: A. S. Barnes and Co.
1972
Brooks, Joe (1972). Trout Fishing. New York: Harper & Row. Considered the most popular, all-around fly fishing book in the late 20th Century by Paul Schullery in American Fly Fishing-A History
Wright, Leonard M. Jr. (1972). Fishing the Dry Fly As A Living Insect-An Unorthodox Method. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc. From Leonard Wright's New York Times Obituary in 2001:
Mr. Wright's first book, Fishing the Dry Fly as a Living Insect (E. P. Dutton, 1972) raised the hackles of some reviewers and weekend fishermen.

The sportswriter Red Smith wondered in The New York Times whether its author could possibly still be alive. Surely, Mr. Smith wrote, he must have been struck dead for blasphemy, for he had the audacity to suggest that the high priest, Frederic Halford, and such sainted subdeacons as Theodore Gordon, George M. L. LaBranche and Edward Ringwood Hewitt had rocks in their heads when it came to floating a tuft of feather and silk over a trout.

The Halford gospel, Mr. Smith noted, taught that the fly should be cast upstream and floated down in an absolutely dead drift. Mr. Wright cast down and across and twitched the fly as he did to suggest to the fish that "here is something alive, edible and defenseless."

But Mr. Smith tried the Wright method and then accepted, as he wrote, "what Mr. Wright tells us now -- that nothing brings out the essential bully in a trout like a live bug he knows he can whip.

1974
Heacox, Cecil E. (1974). The Complete Brown Trout. New York: Winchester Press. The first comprehensive, in-depth study of the Brown Trout, Salmo Trutta: its origin, distribution, anatomy, life history, diet; the methods used to manage and proprogate it; and the tactics and tackle that have been developed to fish for it.
Brooks, Charles E. (1974). The Trout and The Stream. New York: Crown Publishers. Focused on Western Trout fishing, The Trout and The Stream help popularize large and heavy stonefly nymph fishing in the West
1976
Fox, Charles K. (1976). Rising Trout. New York: Hawthorn Books. A compilation of the observations, discoveries, and informed opinions of a man who knows trout. Discusses the literature, ecology and techniques of trout fishing. The author refers mainly to New England limestone rivers, and the LeTort in particular.
Brooks, Charles E. (1976). Nymph Fishing For Larger Trout. New York: Crown Publishers.
Brook's book is often seen as the best companion for Schweibert's [Nymphs]; the latter is lacking in detailed instructions on fishing techniques, and the former [this book] contains a catalog of historically known and modern ways of fishing the imitations.
1977
Ovington, Ray (1977). The Trout and The Fly. New York: Hawthorn Books Inc. This is Ovington's seventh book on trout and fly fishing. He concentrates on the development of both the skills and the instinctive know-how necessary to fully appreciate the fine art of taking trout on flies.
1982
Lee, Art (1982). Fishing Dry Flies for Trout on Rivers and Streams. Atheneum Publishers Inc. Contains four Color Plates of dry flies
1989
Gierach, John (1989). Fly Fishing Small Streams. Stackpole Books. Tips and techniques written in John Gierach's passionate and notable style.
1991
Engle, Ed (1991). Fly Fishing The Tailwaters. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.
Meck, Charles R. (1991). Fishing Small Stream with a Fly Rod. Woodstock, VT: The Countryman Press.
2002
Hughes, Dave (2002). Taking Trout-Good, Solid, Practical Advice for Fly Fishing Streams and Stillwaters. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.
2005
Kustich, Jerry (2005). A Wisp In The Wind-In Search of Bull Trout, Bamboo, and Beyond. Grand Island, NY: West River Publishing. This book provides a well written, insiders look into the techniques, equipment and personalities employed in manufacture of R. L. Winston Bamboo Fly Rods by Jerry and the crew at the Twin Bridges, MT factory. His stories do a nice job of revealing the whole karma around fishing for trout with Bamboo. Jerry also provides some interesting cultural and environmental insights about the rivers in Twin Bridges and Western Montana in general.
Engle, Ed (2005). Fishing Small Flies. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.
2006
Schullery, Paul (2006). The Rise-Streamside Observations on Trout, Flies and Fly Fishing. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.

Fly fishing for salmon, steelhead and seatrout

Title Annotations
1843
Scrope, William (1843). Days and Nights of Salmon Fishing in the Tweed; with a short Account. London: John Murray. Online Version Entertaining anecdotes abound, and useful information relating to making flies and the fine art of salmon fishing is masterfully recounted.
1860
Alexander, Sir Hames Edwards, Colonel (1860). Salmon Fishing in Canada. London: Longman, Green, Longman & Roberts. Online Version
1864
Younger, John (1864). River Angling for Salmon and Trout. Edinburgh, Scotland: William Blackwood & Sons. Online Version
1867
Peard, W. MD (1867). A Year of Liberty; or Salmon Angling in Ireland. London: Horace Cox. Online Version
1890
Hallock, Charles (1890). The Salmon Fisher. New York: The Harris Publishing Co. Online Version
1895
Hamilton, Edward MD (1895). Recollections of Fly-Fishing Salmon, Trout, & Grayling. New York: Orange Judd Company. Online Version
1904
Sage, Dean; Townsend, C. H.; Harris, William C.; Smith, H. M. (1904). Salmon and Trout. New York: MacMillan Company. Online Version
1906
Hardy, John James (1906). Salmon Fishing. London: Country Life. Online Version
1910
Claytor, A. H. (1910). Letters to a Salmon Fisher's Son. Boston: Houghton Miflin.
1920
Hodgson, William Earl (1920). Salmon Fishing. London: A. C. Black Ltd. Online Version
1922
Hewitt, Edward Ringwood (1922). Secrets of the Salmon. New York: Charles Scribner's Son. Online Version
1926
Griswold, F. Gray (1926). Fish Facts and Fancies. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
1970
Bates, Joseph D. (1970). Atlantic Salmon Flies and Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books. A comprehensive look at all aspects of Atlantic Salmon fishing and dressing Atlantic Salmon flies. Eight color plates of Flies.
1976
Combs, Trey (1976). Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies. Portland, Oregon: Frank Amato. Steelhead Fly Fishing and Flies recounts the early history of Steelhead fishing and the variety of flies used. Full of color plates and B&W photos of many of the early Steelhead fly tyers such as Roderick Haig-Brown and Enos Bradner.
1991
Combs, Trey (1991). Steelhead Fly Fishing. New York: Lyons and Burford Publishers.

Fly fishing for bass

Title Annotations
1881
Henshall, James A. MD (1881). Book of the Black Bass-Angling and Fly Fishing. Cincinnati: Robert Clark & Co. The seminal work describing the Black Basses (Sunfish) of N. America as well as all the various techniques used to catch them., . Online Version
1888
Bradford, Charles Barker (1888). Black Bass-Where to catch them in quatity within an hour's ride of New York. New York: W. P. Pond.
1889
Henshall, James A. MD (1889). More About the Black Bass. Cincinnati: Robert Clark & Co. Online Version
1924
Jones, Sheridan R. (1924). Black Bass & Bass-Craft: The Life and Habits of the Two Bass and Successful Angling Strategy. New York: MacMillan. This is one of those dated, but well-written books on bass fishing that every serious recreational bass angler ought to read. This well illustrated (photos) book provides useful information on fishing for both large and smallmouth bass, especially in rivers and streams.
Ripley, Ozark (1924). Bass and Bass Fishing. Cincinnati: Sportsman Digest Publishing Co.
1942
Bergman, Ray (1942). Fresh-water Bass. New York: William Penn Publishing Co.
1947
Brooks, Joe (1947). Bass Bug Fishing. South Brunswick, NJ: A. S. Barnes.
1949
Knight, John Alden (1949). Black Bass. New York: G. P. Putnam and Sons. Contains beautiful color plates of bass poppers and flies as well as interesting bass fishing photos.
1962
Kesting, Ted (1962). Bass Fishing - Sports Afield Library. New York: Thomas Nelson & Sons.
1983
Ovington, Ray (1983). Tactics on Bass--How to Wade, Cast, and Fish Out Each of 23 Different Kinds of Bass Areas. New York: Charles Scribner's & Sons. This book focuses on mainly fly fishing techniques for bass encountered in all types of waters.
1989
Murray, Harry (1989). Fly Fishing For Smallmouth Bass. New York: Lyons and Burford Publishers. Charles Waterman in the Preface notes:
He [Harry] doesn’t have much modern competition in this area [Bass fishing in rivers]. If you want more detail you’ll have to wait for new techniques to be developed.
1993
Waterman, Charles F. (1993). Black Bass and the Fly Rod. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.

Fly fishing for panfish

Title Annotations
1964
Rice, F. Philip (1984). Panfishing. New York: Stackpole Books.
1981
Malo, John (1981). Fly-Fishing for Panfish. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Dillon Press Inc.
1984
Rice, F. Philip (1964). America's Favorite Fishing-A Complete Guide to Angling for Panfish. New York: Harper Row.
1993
Ellis, Jack (1993). The Sunfishes-A Fly Fishing Journey of Discovery. Bennington, VT: Abenaki Publishers, Inc. In The Sunfishes Jack Ellis transcends the cavalier attitude with which many anglers approach sunfish. This is not a book about tossing a yellow popping bug or gaudy wet fly into a school of hungry, gullible bluegills in a suburban pond. The Sunfishes is written with the same thoughtfulness, zeal, and respect as are most trout-fishing books.

Fly fishing for rough and other species

Title Annotations
1970
Gooch, Bob (1970). The Weedy World of Pickerels. New Jersey: A. S. Barnes and Co.
1975
Pfeiffer, C. Boyd (1975). Shad Fishing. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc. Everything you ever want to know about Shad and shad fishing techniques. Contains several chapters on fly fishing for shad and the flies to use.
1993
Reynolds, Barry; Berryman, John (1993). Pike on the Fly-The Fly Fishing Guide To Northerns, Tigers, and Muskies. Boulder, CO: Johnson Printing Company. This book takes a seasonal approach to address everything you need to know to catch northerns, tigers and muskies on a fly.

Stillwater fly fishing

Title Annotations
1969
Goddard, John (1969). Trout Flies of Stillwater. London: Adams and Charles Black. The Natural Fly, its Matching Artificial and Fishing Technique. A book which deals with the more common flies found in stillwater, on many English lakes, lochs and reservoirs, and provides extensive information on fishing methods, and the various techniques required to fish the many hundreds of artificial patterns listed.
1984
Cordes, Ron; Kaufmann, Randall (1984). Lake Fishing With A Fly. Portland, OR: Frank Amato Publications. A comprehensive guide to fly fishing on lakes, particularly for trout. With color plates and an extensive bibliography. One of the most important American books on the subject of stillwater fly fishing
2005
Headley, Stan (2005). The Loch Fisher's Bible. London: Robert Hale.

Saltwater fly fishing

Title Annotations
1969
Sand, George X. (1969). Saltwater Fly Fishing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Sand's Saltwater Fly Fishing is the first really comprehensive treatment of the application of fly-fishing techniques to saltwater species in both cold and warm waters.
1974
Lefty codified the saltwater fly-fishing experience in 1974 with the publication of Fly Fishing in Saltwater. This [book] became a virtual bible for an emerging generation of saltwater anglers. It was--and remains--indispenable reading.
1995
Mitchell, Ed (1995). Fly Rodding The Coast. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. This illustrated guide to saltwater fly fishing includes everything the angler need to know to be successful in the salt. Includes where to find the best places to fish in New England.
Swisher, Doug; Richards, Carl (1995). Backcountry Fly Fishing in Saltwater. New York: Lyons & Burford Publishers.
1999
Beck, Cathy; Beck, Barry (1999). Fly Fishing The Flats. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.

Fly tying and patterns

Title Annotations
1847
Soltau, G. W. (1847). Trout Flies of Devon and Cornwall. Plymouth, England: Edward Nettleton. Online Version
1855
Blacker, William (1855). Blacker's Art of Fly-making. London: Geo Nichols. Online Version (1855 Edition)
William Blacker (the Irishman who operated a tackle shop at 54 Dean Street, Soho, London) was acknowledged as one of the best trout and salmon fly dressers of this day. His fly dressing methods are described and illustrated in his book The Art of Fly-making which first appeared in 1842 and was reissued in 1843 and again in 1855.
1886
Pritt, Thomas E. (1886). North Country Flies. London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington. Online Version According to Andrew Herd in the The Fly, Pritt's work was the first comprehensive attempt to codify the completely different North Country school of fly tying using soft hackle wet flies.
1888
Shipley, Malcom A. (1888). Artificial Flies and How To Make Them. Philadelphia: Spangler & Davis. Online Version
Theakston, Michael (1888). British Angling Flies. London: William Harrison. Online Version
1887
Ogden, James (1887). Ogden on Fly Tying. London: Sampson, Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington. Online Version
1892
Marbury, Mary Orvis (1892). Favorite Flies and Their Histories. Boston and New York: Houghton and Mifflin Company. Online Version
Hale, John Henry (1892). How To Tie Salmon Flies. London: Sampson, Low, Marston & Company Ltd. Online Version
1895
Kelson, George M. (1895). The Salmon Fly and How to Dress It. London: Wyman & Sons. Online Version
The Salmon Fly enjoys a unique position in the literature of fly dressing since it brought order and system to the classification of salmon flies and the methodology of salmon fly dressing.
1897
Walker, Charles Edward (1897). Old Flies in New Dresses-How to dress Dry Flies with the wings in the natural position and some new Wet Flies. London: Lawrence and Bullen Ltd. Online Version
1914
Pryce-Tannatt, T. E. (1914). How To Dress Salmon Flies-A Handbook for Amateurs. London: Adam and Charles Black. Online Version
1940
Gregg, E. C., (1940). How To Tie Flies. New York: A. S. Barnes and Company.
1963
Shaw, Helen (1963). Fly-tying—Materials, Tools and Techniques. New York: The Ronald Press Company.
1966
Bates, Joseph D. (1966). Streamer Fly Tying & Fishing. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books.
1971
Cross, Reuben R. (1971). The Complete Fly Tier. Rockville Centre, New York: Freshlet Press.
1973
Jorgenson, Poul (1973). Dressing Flies For Fresh and Saltwater. Rockville Center, New York: Freshlet Press. 192pp, introduction by Charles K. Fox, illustrations by the author, 8 color plates and numerous b/w photographs by Irv Swope, index. This is an outstanding manual, by one outstanding fly tier, on the arts and techniques of tying flies. Starting with the most basic of information, the author clearly explains and illustrates each step of the fly tying procedure, until the fly is completed. Presented here are the basic steps and advanced techniques needed to construct the feathered frauds that are a must in the repertoire of the sophisticated angler. Discusses how to use the blending and dubbing of fur; the selection of game hackles; all are discussed and carefully explained. Here too are presented the details of the construction of the most effective of fly patterns for bucktails and streamers; stone and caddis flies; salmon and steelhead flies; the Darbee crane fly, etc., and more importantly, the knowledge needed to turn out any fly is imparted to the reader. Each detail in the construction is fully illustrated with the superbly presented photographs by Irv Swope. In addition the completed fly patterns are fully illustrated in eight full color plates. Poul Jorgensen has been tying flies professionally since about 1950. A student and close friend of Bill Blades, Poul's flies have earned for him the reputation of being not only a master fly tier, but also the foremost exponent of the artistry of blending fur, feathers and steel into the most lifelike of natural imitations. As a resident of Towson, Maryland, Poul is apt to be found anywhere in the fly fishing world demonstrating his own brand of fly tying art. A trustee of The American Museum of Fly Fishing, and always active in conservation causes. Poul Jorgensen was always on hand to aid the youngsters at the Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock, and succeeded in assuring the continuance of fly fishing in an environment beset with the problems of urbanization and its decay.
Schwiebert, Ernest (1973). Nymphs-A Complete Guide to Naturals and Imitations. New York: Winchester Press.
1976
Slaymaker, S. R. II; Harvey, George Tie a Fly, Catch a Trout. New York: Harper & Row Publishers. The year is divided into two seasons--the season for tying flies and the season for angling with them. Sam Slaymaker writes with equal relish about tying flies by the fireplace and trying them out on the stream.
1977
Livingston, A. D. (1977). Tying Bugs and Flies for Bass. Philadelphia and New York: J. B. Lippincott Company. A comprehensive period guide to tying bugs and flies for bass. Very well illustrated.
1989
Best, A. K. (1989). Production Fly Tying. Boulder, Colorado: Pruett Publishing Company. One of the most comprehensive treatments of techniques for tying all types of flies for commercial quality.
1992
Wakeford, Jacqueline (1992). Fly Tying Tools and Materials. New York: Lyons & Burford Publishers. Loaded with color photographs and descriptions of the natural materials such as fur, hair and feathers used in fly tying..
1995
Hughes, Dave (1995). Wet Flies: Tying and Fishing Soft-Hackles, Winged and Wingless Wets, and Fuzzy Nymphs. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. Begins with comparisons between subsurface flies and the insects they resemble. Complete materials lists and step-by-step instructions for tying soft-hackled flies, wingless wets, traditional winged wets, and fuzzy nymphs are included.
2006
Soucie, Gary (2006). Woolly Wisdom. Portland, Oregon: Frank Amato Publications. Everything you wanted to know about fishing and tying Woolly Worms, Woolly Buggers and the like. The comprehensive reference on the subject.
Clouser, Bob (2006). Clouser’s Flies. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. The comprehensive treatment of tying and fishing the Clouser Minnow by the inventor of the fly, Bob Clouser.

Fly fishing anthologies

Title Annotations
1932
(1932). A Creelful of Fishing Stories. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
1935
Taverner, Eric; Moore, John (1935). The Anglers Weekend Book. London: Seely Service & Co. Ltd. Contains a useful bibliography entitled Angling Writers & Their Works
1947
(1947). Angler's Choice-An Anthology of American Trout Fishing. New York: The MacMillan Company. Contains 30 stories by many noted American anglers including: La Branche, Connett, Hewitt, Bergman and Jennings. Angler's Choice is considered by Arnold Gingrich as the first American fishing anthology devoted solely to trout.
1966
(1996). American Trout Fishing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. American Trout Fishing is the trade press edition of the Gordon Garland, a compilation of stories and history about American Trout fishing and is dedicated to Theodore Gordon. Noted fly fishing authors--Lee Wulff, Roderick Haig Brown, Ernie Schwiebert, Dana Lamb, Joe Brooks and many other contributed to this work, .
2001
(2001). Flylines-The Best of Big Sky Journal Fishing. Bozeman, MT: Bangtail Press. Loaded with outstanding essays, stories and poems by many of the greats in the sport to include: George Anderson, Russell Chatham, John Holt, Nick Lyons, Datus Proper and Charles Waterman.

Fly fishing stories and memoirs

Title Annotations
1899
Van Dyke, Henry (1899). Fisherman's Luck. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. A man of immense social standing, the Reverend Van Dyke's Fishersman's Luck is a classic of Victorian recreational literature-John Schullery Online version
1920
Sherrington, H. T. (1920). Trout Fishing Memories and Morals. Boston: Houghtin Mifflin. Online Version
1921
Aho, Juhani (1921). Lohilastuja ja kalakaskuja. Finland: WSOY. Online Version (in finnish)
1927
Day, Frank Parker (1927). The Autobiography of a Fisherman. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page and Company. In 1927, celebrated Canadian author Frank Parker Day wrote his autobiographical reflections on fishing, family, and, more broadly, humanity's place in the natural world. The Autobiography of a Fisherman, a Canadian fly-fishing classic, is a wonderful recollection of one man's life, with characters struggling in a depressed economy, contending with the social pressures of local village life, and responding in one way or the other to the pull of the big city. Day details his early introduction to fishing, which becomes a life-long passion, at once a 'gentle art' and a 'disease'.
1938
Walden, Howard T. (1938). Upstream and Down. New York: The Derrydale Press.
1960
Traver, Robert (1960). Trout Madness-Being a Dissertation on the Symptoms and Pathology of This Incurable Disease by One of Its Victims. New York: St Martin's Press.
1963
Hoover, Herbert (1963). Fishing For Fun - And To Wash Your Soul. New York: Random House Inc..
Herbert Hoover, thirtieth President of the United States, is a modern Izaak Walton. He values fishing for the solitude it brings and it theapeutic values to modern man as respects both body and spirit. The present tract is written in the Izaak Walton tradition and perpetuates the tradition of the wily "fresh water trouts" and their ability to outwit man.--Justice William O. Douglas of the United States Supreme Court
1967
Lamb, Dana Stors (1967). Not Far From The River. Barre, Massachusetts: Barre Publishers. One of Lamb's early works, stories telling in lyric style about Atlantic Salmon fishing.
1971
Miller, Alfred W. (1971). Fishless Days, Angling Nights-Classic Stories, Reminiscences, and Lore About Fishing and Camping by Sparse Grey Hackle. New York: Crown Publishers Inc. "Nowhere else can you get the sidelights on Gordon, LaBranche, and Hewitt that this book gives you, along wit h the evocative prose that lets you relive, vicariously, some of the most extraordinary fishing and fishing companions of the last five decades." -- Arnold Gingrich Sparse Grey Hackle was Alfred Miller's pseudonym for these writings which were originally only available as a private publication of the Anglers Club of New York.
1973
Lamb, Dana Stors (1973). Where Pools Are Bright and Deep. Winchester Press. One of many books by lyric fly-fishing writer Dana Lambs. Where Pools Are Bright and Deep is another great piece of fly-fishing poetry and story telling.
1974
Haig-Brown, Roderick (1974). A River Never Sleeps-Revised Edition. New York: Crown Publishers Inc. A classic by Canadian author Haig-Brown first published in 1946.
1979
Lamb, Dana Stors (1979). Beneath The Rising Mist. Stonewall Press. Beneath the Rising Mist is a collection of stories and articles written by a top lyric fishing writer, Dana Lamb. Most of the stories are about Atlantic Salmon fishing.
1986
Waterman, Charles F. (1986). Mist on the River-Remembrances of Dan Bailey. Livingston, MT: Yellowstone Press. A comprehensive look at a Fly Fishing legend: Dan Bailey and his evolution into one of most well known fly shop owners in Montana.
Gierach, John (1986). Trout Bum-Fly Fishing as a Way of Life. Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing. Trout Bum is Gierach's first and best book.
Gierach is so laid back he almost vanishes from sight and maybe this is the secret of his writing. These are stories, pure and simple, most of them come from nowhere and go to nowhere and they are about the sort of things we all do, so they seep into your soul and never quite leave you, the way all good writing should. Unlike many writers, Gierach's style and storylines transfer effortlessly from one continent to another and the book has sold well all over the world-Dr. Andrew Herd
1988
Gierach, John (1988). A View From Rat Lake. Boulder, CO: Pruett.
Schwiebert, Ernest (1988). A River For Christmas and Other Stories. Stephen Green.
1990
Gierach, John (1990). Sex, Death and Fly Fishing. New York: Simon and Schuster. For anyone who loves fly-fishing or is looking to begin, John Gierach offers an entertaining view of the sport. Written in a series of witty essays that are inspiring, humorous, and educational, this book will transport you to real rivers and lakes in the company of one of the great writers of fly-fishing literature., .
1991
Gierach, John (1991). Where Trout Are As Long As Your Leg. New York: Lyons and Buford.
1996
Ritz, Charles A Fly Fishers Life-The Art and Mechanics of Fly Fishing. New York: MJF Books. This is the 1996 reprint of Charles Ritz (Ritz Hotels) 1959 memoir of his fly-fishing experiences. A fascinating read. Acknowledged as one of the great classics on the art of fly fishing. In 1973, Arnold Gingrich in Joys of Trout calls A Fly Fishers Life one of the top thirty outstanding fishing books printed since 1496.
1999
Gierach, John (1999). Standing In A River Waving a Stick. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press.
Babb, James R. (1999). Crosscurrents: A Fly Fisher's Progress. New York: The Lyons Press. Foreword by Ted Leeson. Based on the author's columns in Gray's Sporting Journal. Begins "Oh my. Another collection of navel-gazing essays from a baby boomer who got hold of a fly rod and a word processor and thought Eureka, I've found myself. And wants to share."
2007
Landerman, Richard (2007). The Fly Rod Chronicles-A Collection of Essays on the Quiet Sport of Fly Fishing. Gilbert, AZ: Sortis Publishing. Author Richard Landerman takes random, everyday musings and weaves them together with humor and substance using the common thread of fly fishing. A great read that most baby-boomers will identify with

Geographic, regional and specific waters fly fishing guides

Title Annotations
1851
Newland, Rev. Henry (1851). The Erne, It Legends and Its Fly-fishing. London: Chapman and Hall.
1938
Back, Howard (1938). The Waters of the Yellowstone with Rod and Fly. New York: Dodd & Mead. Memoirs of Howard Back's two visits to Yellowstone National Park in 1936 and 1937. Wonderful insights into what fly fishing the park was like in the 1930s. Reprinted in 2000.
1946
McDermand, Charles (1946). Waters of The Golden Trout County. New York: G. P. Putnam and Sons. A very descriptive work of the Golden Trout waters of the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains in California.
1948
MacDowell, Sly (1948). Western Trout. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
1969
Bradner, Enos (1969). Northwest Angling. Portland, OR: Binfords & Mort Publishers. Interesting chapters on fly tying for Northwest trout, fly-fishing for Steelhead, Salmon, Sea-run Cutthroat trout and Shad.
1979
Brooks, Charles E. (1979). The Living River-A Fisherman's Intimate Profile of the Madison River Watershed--Its History, Ecology, Lore and Angling Opportunities. New York: Nick Lyons Books.
1984
Brooks, Charles E. (1984). Fishing Yellowstone Waters. Clinton, NJ: New Win Publishing Inc. This is an excellent source of information for fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park. An extensive amount of information, combined with detailed hatch information, makes this a great guidebook to have for anyone planning on fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park.
1986
Brooks, Charles E. (1986). The Henry's Fork. Piscataway, NJ,: Winchester Press.
1992
Hughes, Dave (1992). The Yellowstone River and its Angling. Portland, OR: Frank Amato Publications.
1994
Probasco, Steve (1994). River Journal: Yakima River: Volume 6. Portland, OR: Frank Amato.
1995
Walinchus, Rod; Travis, Tom (1995). Fly Fishing The Yellowstone River. Probably the most comprehensive work every published on fishing the Yellowstone River from the park waters all the way to Big Timber.
Probasco, Steve (1995). River Journal: Big Hole. Portland, OR: Frank Amato Publishers.
1996
Holt, John (1996). Montana Fly-Fishing Guide-East. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press. Comprehensive, stream by stream guide to fly fishing in Eastern Montana. Contains extensive descriptions of tributaries and secondary waters.
1997
Mathews, Craig; Molinero, Clayton (1997). The Yellowstone Fly-Fishing Guide-A authoritative guide to the waters of Yellowstone National Park. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press.
1999
Sajna, Mike (1999). Days on the Water-The Angling Tradition in Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. From a wade through the chilly waters of early April to his last muddy trek in late October, Mike Sajna remembers the days in one season of America's oldest sport--fly fishing. His territory: the streams, dams and runs of the three major river systems in Pennsylvania--the Ohio, the Susquehanna, and the Delaware.
... journalist Sadja provides an engaging history of sport fishing in Pennsylvania.
2003
Edrington, Bill (2003). Fly Fishing the Arkansas: An Angler's Guide and Journal. Xlibris Corporation. A very nicely written, comprehensive but concise guide to fly-fishing the upper Arkansas River from Leadville to Royal Gorge Colorado.

Fly fishing entomology and other prey studies

Title Annotations
1897
Halford, Frederic M. (1897). Dry Fly Entomology. London: Vinton & Co. Online Version
1916
Rhead, Louis (1916). American Trout Stream Insects. New York: Frederick A. Stokes. Online Version
1921
Mosely, Martin E. (1921). The Dry-Fly Fisherman's Entomology. London: George Routledge and Sons Limited. Online Version
1935
Jennings, Preston J. (1935). A Book of Trout Flies. New York: Crown Publishers, Derrydale Press. Jennings was probably the first American Fly Fishing writer to tie the entomology of trout stream insects to the artificial flies and how to fish them in this 1935 seminal work.
1955
Schwiebert, Ernest G. Jr. (1955). Matching The Hatch-A Practical Guide to Imitation of Insects Found On Eastern and Western Trout Waters. Toronto, Canada: The MacMillan Company. Matching The Hatch was the first American book to cover fly imitiation from a transcontinental perspective and is widely read and reprinted. According to Paul Schullery, Matching The Hatch set the standard for fly entomology and tying studies for the late 20th Century.
1971
Richards, Carl; Swisher, Doug (1971). Selective Trout-A Dramatically New and Scientific Approach to Trout Fishing on Eastern and Western Rivers.. New York: Crown Publishers.
And probably the most far-reaching of all American fly-fishing books since World War II, Doug Swisher and Carl Richard's Selective Trout (1971) elevated our thinking not only in fly-fishing theory, but also, through its wonderful photographs of insects, in our basic understanding of what the flies really imitated
1989
LaFontaine, Gary (1989). Caddisflies. New York: Lyons Press.
1995
Richards, Carl (1995). Prey: Designing and Tying New Imitations of Fresh and Saltwater Forage Foods. New York: Lyons and Burford Publishers.

Fly fishing fiction

Title Annotations
1889
Slosson, Annie Trumbull (1889). Fishin' Jimmy. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph Co. Online Version Annie Trumbull Slosson (1832-1926) was an important short story writer who epitomized the American local color movement that flourished after the Civil War and ended at the beginning of the twentieth century. Noted angling story teller, Henry Van Dyke said this about Trumbull's Fishin Jimmy in his A Creelful of Fishing Stories:
The loveliest of all her simple narratives is that which I have chosen to stand near the end of this book,--a kind of benediction on anglers.

1946
MacDougall, Arthur R. (1946). Under A Willow Tree. New York: Coward-McCann, Inc.. Dud Dean stories about angling, hunting and camping in the wilds of Maine.
2001
Detweiler, M. David (2001). The Guide and The CEO. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. The Guide and the CEO us a superbly told story about the relationship that develops between a trout bum-guide and a hard-as-nails Wall Street mogul.

Fly fishing poetry

Title Annotations
1920
Hoadley, James H. (1920). Speckled Trout-Fishing Lines and Other Verses. New York: Theo T. Schulte.

Fly fishing humor

Title Annotations
1958
Ford, Corey (1958). You Can Always Tell A Fisherman-But You Can't Tell Him Much. New York: Henry Holt and Company. A compilation of short stories first published by Corey Ford in Field and Stream. Jokingly labeled: The Minutes of the Lower Forty Shooting, Angling and Inside Straight Club.
1991
Hartley, J. R.; Russell, Michael (1991). Fly Fishing--Memories of Angling Days. London: Stanley Paul & Co..

Fly fishing art and artists

Title Annotations
1937
Schaldach, William J. (1937). Fish By Schaldach-Collected Etchings, Drawings and Water Colors of Trout, Salmon and Other Game Fish. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott and Company. Schaldach was an artist-angler. This work contains 60 reproductions of his art. Many of his illustrations adorned other Fly Fishing literature, to include fly fishing articles in Esquire magazine.
1977
Read, Stanley E. (1977). Tommy Brayshaw-The Ardent Angler-Artist. Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press. Brayshaw was a conservation minded angler in British Columbia who is best known for his illustration of Roderick Haig Brown books. Contains twenty-two color plates and 28 inked drawings

Fly rods and fly casting

Title Annotations
1885
Wells, Henry P. (1885). Fly Rods and Fly Tackle. New York: Harper & Brothers. Online Version
1920
Holden, George Parker (1920). The Idyl of Split-Bamboo - A Carefully Detailed Description of the Rod's Building. Cincinnati, OH: Stewart and Kidd Company Publishers. Online Version
1942
Robinson, Gilmer G. (1942). Fly Casting. New York: A. S. Barnes & Co.
1949
Smedley, Harold H. "Dike" (1949). Accuracy Fly Casting. Chicago-New York: Ziff-Davis Publishing. Illustrated fly casting guide by Winner of National, Great Lakes, Midwest, Michigan and New York Fly Casting Championships.
1977
Garrison, Everett; Carmichael, Hoagy (1977). A master's Guide to Building a bamboo fly rod. New York: Martha's Glen Publishers.
1987
Wulff, Joan (1987). Joan Wulff's Fly-Casting Techniques. New York: Nick Lyons Books.
1997
Gierach, John (1997). Fishing Bamboo-One Man's Love Affair with Bamboo Fly Rods. New York: The Lyons Press. Noted angling author John Gierach's musings about Bamboo fly rods--why he fishes and collects them.

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