Fishing Books & DVD's

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 Donald Trump Jr., 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

Tune into Season Two of On the Rise as the Frank Smethurst and the crew travel to California, Montana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and many more places to find great fishing while exploring all that Trout Unlimited is doing to protect and restore trout habitat today. Property of Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc., 2009, 22 minutes per episode, 15 episodes.
Donation Amount: $7

On the Rise is the next generation of TU television. Join Colorado guide Frank Smethurst on a cross-country search for compelling coldwater fisheries, along with the TU chapters and volunteers who work to protect them. Season one includes 15 episodes and 15 great rivers, like the Gunnison in Colorado, Deschutes in Oregon and the South Holston in Tennessee. You'll pick up something new every time you watch. Property of Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc., 2009, 22 minutes per episode, 15 episodes.
Donation Amount: $7

From the Oxus trout of eastern Afghanistan to the small golden brown trout of British chalk streams, James Prosek has dedicated his unique painting talent to bringing to life trout from around the world, several of which are the few remaining of their type. Prosek has a passion for trout and conveys their beauty with the stroke of his brush in this collection of nearly 100 gorgeous watercolors. Copyright © 2003 by James Prosek. Hard cover, 224 pages.
Donation Amount: $15

This book gathers the best of Dave’s lively Trout columns and beautiful illustrations into a single, well-organized, indispensable volume. Beginners and seasoned fly anglers alike will find something useful here, from tips on reading the water to tying flies to recognizing rise forms. It’s the next best thing to a one-on-one lesson with Dave himself, and the results are simple: you’ll catch more fish. Donation Amount: $10

This collection of more than 350 memorable quotations about the passion and pleasure of fishing captures the essence of the sport. The words are enhanced by more than forty line drawings by famed outdoor artist Alan James Robinson. Included are comments on all aspects of fishing by such wonderful writers as Lord Byron, Cervantes, Ernest Hemingway, John Gierach, Art Flick, Charles Ritz, and Izaak Walton. The Quotable Fisherman is an ideal gift for anyone who loves to fish - and a great companion for those rainy days when you can't be out on the water. Donation: $10

Nick Lyons, a legend in fishing world, has assembled a sampling of the best of the classic and contemporary tales, memoirs, essays and poetry. This book is perfect for anyone who fishes, or knows someone who fishes, or loves life out of doors. I know what I'll be giving as gifts this year. Donation Amount: $10

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

My Healthy Stream 2nd Edition includes chapters on watersheds, monitoring stream condition, water quality, developing riparian buffer strips along streams, stream restoration techniques, trout habitat requirements, stopping invasive species, dealing with increasing intensity of floods and droughts, and a new chapter on urban stream rehabilitation. At only 96 pages in a 6x9" format, it comes packed with colorful graphics and photos. It is a "how-to" book but also answers the "why" questions of stream and riparian management.
Donation Amount: $11

Wading in a stream, Bryan McMurry prepares to cast to one of the biggest steelhead he has ever seen when he is confronted with a striking question: "What right do you have to cast to a magnificent fish like this?" This daunting question leads him to reflect on his own life, from his youth on a hardscrabble ranch to his introduction to fly fishing. By the time he returns to the monster steelhead, McMurry learns a number of important lessons, including that life is not so much about what you learn, but what you do with your knowledge. Dr. McMurry is a dedicated member of Trout Unlimited and has pledged to give a portion of the proceeds from his book to Project Healing Waters, which helps with the rehabilitation of disabled military personnel and veterans. Copyright 2009 by Bryan McMurry. Paperback, 176 pages.
Donation Amount: $15

Incredible true stories about the big ones that got away--and the ones that didn't. Zane Grey, John Gierach, and others share encounters with great gamefish.
Copyright © 2005 by Lamar Underwood. Paperback, 296 pages.
Donation Amount: $10

Good Flies finds Gierach behind the fly-tying vise, sorting through his neck feathers and homemade bodkins in an effort to make sense of his own fly-tying tendencies within the larger, centuries-old tradition. "Tying our own flies is where many of us go off the deep end in fly fishing," he admits in the introduction as a caveat emptor. Non-tiers might lose interest in the subsequent chapters of seeming arcana covering everything from the pros of spade hackle (essential for dry-fly tails) to the cons of beadheads (they're ugly). But amid this abundance of information and opinion, Gierach's puckish, Twain-like sensibilities poke through just enough so that any fly-fisher with a taste for the sport's hallowed literature, regardless of whether he ties his own, can settle back with a copy of Good Flies and enjoy the drift. Copyright © 2007 by John Gierach. Paperback, 192 pages.
Donation Amount: $10

For the Love of Trout is the story of how it began, the motivations, the frustrations, the setbacks, the successes, and the growth. The book is the result of over fifty years of pure dedication and hard work and is the historical treatise of one of our nation's most dynamic conservation organizations. As you read these memoirs, think of what the condition of our waterways might be today had it not been for the courage and foresight of men such as George A.Griffith. Donation Amount: $25

Contains easy-to-follow expert instruction for all fishermen on how to tie eighty important knots with clear color illustrations that guide you step-by-step. Donation Amount: $10

Anders Halverson provides an exhaustively researched and grippingly rendered account of the rainbow trout and why it has become the most commonly stocked and controversial freshwater fish in the United States. Originally discovered in the streams of northern California, rainbow trout have been artificially distributed in streams across America for more than a century. Halverson discusses the spread of the rainbow trout and how a fish that has gained incredible popularity among anglers has also produced environment problems and controversy. Copyright 2010 by Ander Halverson. Paperback, 288 pages.
Donation Amount: $20

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. If you want your gifts by December, the order deadline is midnight on November 27th.
Donation Amount: $12

Vermont's Batten Kill, Michigan's Au Sable, the Firehole and Gibbon in Yellowstone National Park, Alaska's Togiak, Montana's Rock Creek - and 94 other streams in 30 states. These are the rivers and creeks voted the best places to catch trout in America by members of Trout Unlimited. Each chapter in this book covers one of these 100 waters, describing the river, the species of trout found there, the hatches, the flies and lures that will catch these trout, the best months to go, and even a bit of conservation history. Also included are maps of the streams and the roads that lead to them. Donation Amount: $10

Colorado State professor of ichthyology Behnke brings scientific expertise, a sense of humor and a flair for drama to this collection of 43 essays previously published as his "About Trout" column in conservation organization Trout Unlimited's Trout magazine. Behnke considers the evolution, historic and current distribution, biological characteristics and defining physical traits of various species of trout and salmon-from the common brown trout and well-known Atlantic salmon to the rare Apache trout and the once-presumed extinct, now-endangered Alvord cutthroat trout. Tomelleri's colorful illustrations underline the uniqueness of each type of trout and why the fish inspires such passion among those who protect and catch them. Copyright © 2007 by Robert Behnke. Hardcover, 272 pages.
Donation Amount: $15