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Title: Wild fly fishings "must reads"
Post by: alba on April 12, 2018, 11:43:42 AM
Passing a lot of my time just now reading and looking at a few more purchases.

Looking for recommendations on must read fishing books?

Fire away.....
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Post by: arawa on April 12, 2018, 11:50:58 AM
Lesley Crawford;  "Fishing for Wild Trout in Scottish Lochs".
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Post by: keithfish on April 12, 2018, 03:06:56 PM
Brian Morrison ,pockets full of stuff .
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Post by: Bobfly on April 12, 2018, 03:48:03 PM
Reading and enjoying Brian Clarke's The Pursuit of Stillwater Trout at the moment. A free flowing writer and thoughtfull. He was coauther with Goddard of theirclassic. Another would be Wyatt's What Trout Want and Pat O'Reilly's Tacktical Fly Fishing his river and stream one is very good.
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Post by: Bobfly on April 12, 2018, 03:52:46 PM
These miniature phone keyboards are bloody awful !!!!!
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Post by: tomsampson on April 12, 2018, 04:40:03 PM
'I know a Good Place' by Clive Gammon
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Post by: fergie on April 12, 2018, 08:11:49 PM
Beneath The Black Water by Jon Berry.
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Post by: corsican dave on April 12, 2018, 08:35:51 PM
Somewhere Else - Charles Rangeley-Wilson

and a swerve-ball:
Meanderings of a Fly-fisherman - Seth Norman
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Post by: Lochan_load on April 12, 2018, 09:03:51 PM
Somewhere else is a really good book. At the loch of the green Corrie is one I always recommend, it’s about fishing and Norman McCaig and the assynt area. It’s not strictly a fishing book but it struck a chord with me.
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Post by: ColinM on April 13, 2018, 10:33:02 AM
"Going Fishing" Negley Farson;  Thomas McGuane "The Longest Silence"; "The Fly Fisherman's Guide To The Meaning Of Life" Peter Kaminsky
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Post by: ColinM on April 13, 2018, 10:35:04 AM
P.S. Anything by John Gierach
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Post by: Roobarb on April 13, 2018, 11:27:07 AM
Another vote for Negley Farson's Going Fishing, not a how to do it book by any means but a good read.

A Man May Fish by T. C. Kinsmill Moore is one of the best angling books ever written IMO. It has a good mix of thought and instruction (mainly but not totally about lough fishing) as well as talking much sense about fly design and the reasons behind it. He may not have had DHE's, Sedgehogs or Klinks but his thoughts and observations about wet flies (both river & lough) still hold true. Anyone going to fish wild trout or sea trout lochs or loughs anywhere should read him. But it isn't just about how to fish but also the countryside and the people that he fished with.


At the loch of the green Corrie is one I always recommend, it’s about fishing and Norman McCaig and the assynt area. It’s not strictly a fishing book but it struck a chord with me.

Oh it was utter dross!!!!!!!!! I couldn't finish it, I lost the will to read about half way through. It did seem to be universally lauded though so I guess I'm just a philistine.



Andy
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Post by: Lochan_load on April 13, 2018, 12:47:54 PM
Too many big words  :roll:  :lol:  I can see it’s not for everyone it’s a bit of a chin strokey, wanky read but I really enjoyed it  :gay4 It’s where I got my tag line from ⬇️
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Post by: Roobarb on April 13, 2018, 01:44:08 PM
Too many big words  :roll:  :lol:

I struggle with anything that doesn't have pictures on every page :lol:


Another one I liked from a bygone age was Fly Fishing by Viscount Grey. Again it is more about being there and the whole experience. It is also interesting to look back on the catches of yesteryear both the trout and the salmon.

If you really want to depress yourself go and read the Art of Sea Trout Fishing by Charles McLaren. The tales of big catches and big sea trout which were commonplace really hammers home just how bad things are up the west coast. It is also a very good no nonsense work on how to go about fishing lochs for sea trout. It's just a pity there are so few places to go and do it now.


Andy
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Post by: keithfish on April 13, 2018, 04:32:32 PM
Come fishing with me ,peter stone .
Not fly fishing but a great read, unfortunately lost my copy moving house ,still upsets me thinking about it.
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Post by: corsican dave on April 13, 2018, 09:00:15 PM
Come fishing with me ,peter stone .
Not fly fishing but a great read, unfortunately lost my copy moving house ,still upsets me thinking about it.
a bit off subject, but i should never have given away my copy of gravel pit angling by peter stone. superbly written. fishing in earnest by fred j taylor is in a similar vein
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Post by: corsican dave on April 13, 2018, 09:12:31 PM
gravel pit angling was SO good, i just went and bought another copy  :8)
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Post by: Part-time on April 15, 2018, 09:48:53 AM
Two books I enjoy, and I think I originally heard about them on here, are "Fisher in the Hills" by Robin Ade and "Fishing A Highland Stream" by John Inglis Hall. Another I like (which might be a local/self publication) is "Of Fish and Men - Tales of a Scottish Fisher", particularly as the author writes a lot about his fishing in Caithness & Sutherland.

I'd very much second some of the other suggestions; the "Pursuit of Stillwater Trout is a thought provoking book and, although much of the writing is about the authors experiences on reservoirs, you can apply what's written to pretty much any kind of fishing/fly fishing. "The Trout & The Fly" (Clarke & Goddard) and really captured my imagination when I first read first as a youngster; the underwater photos of flies, leaders and fly lines are worth getting the book for alone. It will also want to make you tie your dry flies upside down :)

You can't go wrong with Gierach, Rangeley-Wilson (..ain't got DEET, ain't got shit... :)) or the Bob Wyatt books.   
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Post by: rannoch raider on April 18, 2018, 01:36:59 AM
I really enjoyed and was inspired by 'Angling on Lomond' by Bill McEwan a renowned Loch Lomond fisher. An informative read and well written in a lovely style. A must read for anyone who intends to fish 'The Lomond' and for those who want to know what we once had on our doorstep and are steadily losing bit by bit, year after year. :(
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Post by: rannoch raider on April 18, 2018, 01:53:03 AM
More inspirational stuff, this time from Bill Currie in 'Days and nights of Game Fishing'. I must have read that book a dozen times when I was about 13 years old. It introduced me to one of Currie's favourite patterns the 'Dark Mackerel'. So taken with tales of this flies ability to charm fish, I fished it constantly and in the most inappropriate places at the most ridiculous times and so confident was I that this fly could not fail, it seldom did! I still fish it to this day!
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Post by: Alastair on June 15, 2018, 04:55:28 PM
Big Indian Creek, by Dave Hughes. 

https://www.amazon.com/Big-Indian-Creek-Dave-Hughes/dp/0811702359

If you ever come across this book, it's worth picking up and having a read.  I live in Canada and we have many beautiful and secluded waters to fish, but this creek is one of my favourites to fish (it's in the US) and I've fished it at least a dozen times in the past 30 years.  The book is a journal of a fly fishing trip taken by the author.  I'm not a big fan of a certain aspect of his writing style, but reading the book takes me back to my trips to this particular piece of water.  Even though the book was written almost 25 years ago, I last fished it three years ago and the area is as unspoiled now as it was then.  There are no roads up this valley, just a hiking trail.  The only thing that could make this book better would be a few photos (and maybe fewer figures of speech).

I plan on making another pilgrimage there next year.
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Post by: burnie on June 15, 2018, 06:34:42 PM
All these posts, months gone by and no-ones mentioned Stan...…………………………………. :crap
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Post by: Roobarb on June 15, 2018, 11:47:20 PM
All these posts, months gone by and no-ones mentioned Stan...…………………………………. :crap

I have almost never used my moderators powers but I seriously considered deleting that post  :lol:



Andy
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Post by: corsican dave on June 15, 2018, 11:57:45 PM
All these posts, months gone by and no-ones mentioned Stan...…………………………………. :crap
i don't think anyone ever has. which tells you everything you need to know....
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Post by: SoldierPmr on June 16, 2018, 12:09:22 AM
Paul Greenacre videos are something to watch too  :lol:
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Post by: sagecirca on June 16, 2018, 12:30:39 PM
Somewhere else is a really good book. At the loch of the green Corrie is one I always recommend, it’s about fishing and Norman McCaig and the assynt area. It’s not strictly a fishing book but it struck a chord with me.


Just ordered this Andy.  £3 delivered  :8)
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Post by: rannoch raider on July 30, 2019, 03:55:24 PM
Got to recommend this one folks, 'What Trout Want' by Bob Wyatt. Thought provoking to say the least. It might even change the way you approach your fly fishing. It has certainly given me lots of food for thought about what I'm tying and fishing.
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Post by: Highlander on July 30, 2019, 07:17:17 PM
Fly Fishing.....J.R. Hartley, a true to be classic.
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Post by: johnny boy on July 31, 2019, 01:02:49 AM
Welcome freinds to the Stan bashing forum.....

Sadly I am not a member. I am no advocate either, it's just sad that some can't help but take cheap shots.

I do believe that "the Loch fishers Bible" is an excellent starter read for anyone new to fishing wild hebridean lochs, some disagree, I believe its mostly to do with their feelings towards the author more than what is actually in the book.

So, no Sam lover, but not a Sam hater, sad to see some taking cheap shots.

YES, I would recommend this book and would suggest you read it and make your own conclusions (as you should do with any angles book).

OK, LET'S HAVE THE PELTERS.
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Post by: Roobarb on July 31, 2019, 01:58:15 AM
Welcome freinds to the Stan bashing forum.....

Sadly I am not a member. I am no advocate either, it's just sad that some can't help but take cheap shots.



I have ghillied for the cunt.
He is incapable of fishing in a flat calm or anywhere near weedbeds, the shore or water less than four feet deep, he has to be in open water pulling like the wanker he is. Ties a nice fly, couldn't hook a salmon in a farm cage.
But it wasn't the fishing that put me off so much as the expectation that I would run around after his arse all day at his beck and call and all for no monetary reward.

Cheap shots maybe but not as cheap as him.


Andy
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Post by: Laxdale on July 31, 2019, 07:32:52 AM
And you have not mentioned his dark side. I have never met him, but have heard enough to know he is somewhat lacking in morals.
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Post by: Billy on July 31, 2019, 08:27:44 AM
I have ghillied for the cunt.


I nearly choked on my coffee this morning.
That was probably a better read than one of his books.

Billy
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Post by: johnny boy on July 31, 2019, 09:27:37 AM
I too have ghillied for him, I thought the thread was about good books.

Falkus may have been an arse (he was certainly known for being difficult) , so would that disclude all his books?

Maybe the thread should have stated "good reads written by nice guys"

That would have clarified the whole thing.
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Post by: Laxdale on July 31, 2019, 09:48:26 AM
Fair point.
I do not read angling books, as I am just as opinionated as the authors, but also prefer to work things out myself. But I could not resist posting about Headley.
One or two of his fly patterns are very good, I will give him that.
But he fell out with me once when, after he stuck up some pictures of new patterns, I said one of them was very good.
He went in a huge huff because I did not like them all.  :)
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Post by: Hoolet on July 31, 2019, 11:25:18 AM
I too have ghillied for him, I thought the thread was about good books.

Well will this do?

Bumped into him on Swannay many moons ago maybe a year or so before he was run out of town,
Starstruck as a daft laddie would be I sidled up to him and asked what he would recommend for a cast....”Read my book” was the answer....proper Snidey bastard
I’ts always surprised me he hasn’t been  twatted on the shores of the lake or wherever else he’s now plying his bullshit......and I never did buy the book

Hoolet
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Post by: alba on July 31, 2019, 12:38:56 PM
I have ghillied for the cunt.
He is incapable of fishing in a flat calm or anywhere near weedbeds, the shore or water less than four feet deep, he has to be in open water pulling like the wanker he is. Ties a nice fly, couldn't hook a salmon in a farm cage.
But it wasn't the fishing that put me off so much as the expectation that I would run around after his arse all day at his beck and call and all for no monetary reward.

Cheap shots maybe but not as cheap as him.


Andy


It should now be known that the only wild fly fishing must read is Andy's quote here, that was outstanding mate haha!
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Post by: Highlander on July 31, 2019, 01:08:55 PM
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I have ghillied for the cunt

Andy why can't you just say what you mean
 :roll:

With hindsight I think the C word should be removed though.
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Post by: johnny boy on July 31, 2019, 02:02:03 PM
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as I am just as opinionated as the authors

Really  :D

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One or two of his fly patterns are very good, I will give him that.

Are they his flies?  I know one fly he has taken from mine, changed it slightly, renamed it and now says its much better than the original.  My fly has had 10 years of action so the conclusions of how successful it is are based on valid factors, not one-off days.  Anyway I am not bitter, should he feel the need to do this sort of thing that's his business.   But this thread was not about the character of the author rather than the book its self (or am I missing something). By all means start a thread about the guy, I am sure it would get plenty anecdotes, I may even add a few myself.
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Post by: Roobarb on July 31, 2019, 03:03:02 PM
I feel a (tiny) bit bad now, he is human.
But on the other hand having seen the master in action I know a lot of what is in the book (or T&S) is BS.
I realise there will always be artistic license in any writing but there are limits. When you have seen someone refuse to fish in a flat calm with good fish rising all around because it is "hopeless" the alarm bells start to ring. I suggested that I creep the boat around on the oars while he picked them off but he just had no idea what I was on about. Similarly when I tried to get him to fish narrow channels between weeds and around islands and the shore or pick our way through the reefs with me holding the boat bow first into the wind again he was clueless. He is a one trick pony, chuck out one length of line and pull it back at different depths. So no he has no idea how to fish a typical Hebridean loch.


Andy
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Post by: Bobfly on July 31, 2019, 04:40:43 PM
I am almost feeling the need to offer his lordship the trial of a float tube for a weedy and rocky bit of fishing, but I did say "almost".    :D