Fishing Books

Chris Santella, bestselling author of the Fifty Places series, is back in action with the inspirational gift book Why I Fly Fish. Based on 25 interviews with fly-fishing professionals and celebrity hobbyists alike, Why I Fly Fish encapsulates the life lessons fly-fishing aficionados have learned from their favorite pursuit. Featured contributors include Bill Ford (CEO of Ford Motor Company), Conway Bowman (host of several flyfishing TV programs), actor Henry Winkler, Lefty Kreh (the world’s best-known fly-fisherman) and many more. With personal photographs by the contributors themselves, Why I Fly Fish is an inspirational and intimate reflection on the beloved sport and pastime. Donation Amount: $15

With over 250 tips from members of Trout Unlimited, Trout Tips covers all aspects of fly fishing. Here you’ll find casting techniques so you can place your dry fly, nymph, wet fly, or streamer exactly where you want it to be, and then get a proper drift. You’ll also find chapters with advice on wading, fighting fish, tying bombproof knots, and much more. Donation amount: $25

This is the first comprehensive look at the taxonomy, life history, and conservation status of the world's trout and char. Early chapters explore the unique diversity and life history aspects of trout and char and provide information on the taxonomy and systematics while also detailing some of unique life histories. Trout and Char of the World will be a primary resource for trout and char biologists, conservationists, and anglers in the many countries where trout and char are native or have been introduced, and a resource for anyone interested in learning more about the diversity and distribution of trout and char worldwide. Donation amount: $125

Although many flyfishers now practice catch and release, the creel continues to maintain its position as a symbol, and increasingly as a piece of folk-art, within the flyfishing community. The Art of the Creel, by Hugh Chatham and Dan McClain, is a collection of more than 200 photographs of creel as well as a history of creel makers and their products. This collection is a great resource for anyone interested in traditional flyfishing practices and items. Copyright 1997 by Hugh Chatham and Dan McClain. Hardcover, 196 pages.
Donation Amount: $25

Good Flies finds Gierach behind the fly-tying vise. "Tying our own flies is where many of us go off the deep end in fly fishing," he admits as he covers everything from the pros of spade hackle (essential for dry-fly tails) to the cons of beadheads (they're ugly). Amid an abundance of information and opinion, any fly-fisher, regardless of whether he ties his own flies, can settle back with a copy of Good Flies and enjoy the drift. Copyright © 2007 by John Gierach. Paperback, 192 pages.
Donation Amount: $10

The Penobscot, Penns Creek, the Little River, Guadalupe, Firehole, Copper River -- these streams and 94 others like them provide the best trout fishing in America. These are the rivers that anglers dream of visiting. Describing species, hatches, the flies, and when to fish, each profile contains information and maps that boots angler success. Paperback, 416 pages.
Donation Amount: $12