This is what we read, season after season . . .

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Below are some of our favorite fly fishing books. These are the pages that we revisit, time and again. Because at every pass, we learn something new. A good book is like that. You can’t process everything on the first reading, because you simply aren’t ready for it.

These are the books that we’ve loaned to our friends and shared. Because every one of these books will be with us until the end. At which point, a stack of papers and hardcovers will show the makings of a man — of a fisherman.

Trout Tactics — Joe Humphreys

Simply the best book on trout fishing. Humphreys covers it all. This is the kind of book you learn from every time you read it — again and again.

READ: What is Euro Nymphing? And What is the Mono Rig?

Dynamic Nymphing — George Daniel

The seminal work on modern nymphing techniques. An enlightening book jam packed with info to put more trout in the net.

READ: Ask George Daniel | Nymphing Angles

Nymph Fishing — George Daniel

GD’s follow up to Dynamic Nymphing broadens the perspective, including the full range of nymphing tactics with a look to the future.

READ: Ask George Daniel | Drop Shot Nymphing

The Orvis Guide to Prospecting for Trout — Tom Rosenbauer

An influential book that I’ve passed around to many friends. Rosenbauer nails it.

READ: The Downstream Fisher Yields to the Upstream Fisher

Tactical Fly Fishing — Devin Olsen

Devin’s writing is indeed tactical. His excellent book goes deep into techniques learned from the comp scene.

READ: Modern Nymphing Elevated — More of What’s Possible with a Mono Rig

Strip Set — George Daniel

Fishing streamers is not always about big flies and fast chases. But sometimes it is. GD covers it all.

READ: Streamers as an Easy Meal — The Old School Streamer Thing

Keystone Fly Fishing

Every PA angler must own this book. It’s packed front to back with critical information about rivers, tactics and patterns.

READ: Searching Through the Margins

Trout Streams of Pennsylvania — Dwight Landis

Dwight has a remarkable way of leading you to new water without giving away its secrets. He preserves the discovery for you. This is still my favorite PA guide book.

READ: Right Here

Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout — Galloup and Linsenman

This book changed the game. This is where we got the Butt Monkey and the Sex Dungeon, and where streamer fishing was renewed for the 21st century.

READ: Modern Streamers: Too Much Motion? And are we moving them too fast?

The Fly Fishing Bible of Nymphing — Paul Gaskell

Paul offers a comprehensive take on nymphing tactics. This is a good read. With an open minded approach, Gaskell is well versed in nearly every aspect of presenting nymphs to trout.

READ: Fish It Anyway

Trout Bum — John Gierach

I refuse to pick just one Gierach book. Start at Trout Bum and work your way forward. Like Maclean, here’s another writer who has affected generations of anglers.

READ: The Walkout

The Mend — Scott Lowe

This is a beautiful novel written by our friend, Scott Lowe, who also publishes the website, Fly Fish Mend. The Mend, is a story about the healing power of rivers and fishing experiences.

READ: I’ve Lived and I’ve Left Some Good Things Behind, That is Enough

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