Thursday, July 5, 2018

Those Good Old Books

Writers, books and a long lasting effect on me. There are many books in my library and many magazines that sit on the various tables in my house. Most of these books and magazines are what I would classify as the best as far as information and the ability of the writer to convey his feelings at the time and his knowledge of the subject he is writing about. In this day of the internet where everything is available to us in just seconds we seemed to have lost that special feeling of going out and finding a book or a magazine we can thumb through and read and find something the internet cannot provide.

There are a few really good books that I would consider the best. Books that I read frequently and in fact several of them I look at daily. Some of the best books are the ones in the picture above. The pages of those books have inspired me to do some of the things I have done and I still am not through doing it all.

So perhaps I'll open one the books today and read something that may inspire me to do something I have yet to accomplish, and then again I just might get a great feeling reading the words I have read so many time before.



27 comments:

  1. Alan, There have been many times that I have reread a book and said to myself, "How did I miss that". Google may have it's place however.....
    Kurt

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    1. Brookie61
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      Kurt, what you said is a common thing with me.
      The net does have a place, but it can't top a good book.

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    2. Alan, I'd like to add Tying Small Flies a Fishing Small flies by Ed Engle. He's a friend of Gierachs and the books are loaded with information.
      Kurt

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  2. Alan, The Gierach book in the pic is a personal favorite of mine as well.

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    1. Ralph Long
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      Ralph that's such a good book. Well written and it holds the reader.

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  3. The books by Robert Romano are a good read. A few others I recommend are Shadows in the Stream and Brook Trout Blues. Thanks for sharing.

    Chris Mainefly207

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    1. Anonymous
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      Chris I have Shadows in the Stream. I met Bob several years ago while fishing South Bog stream, great guy.

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  4. Amen to that, Alan. I could spend every dime I make in a bookstore. My tying room does double duty as my library. If anyone is looking for a good source of fishing literature, Ken Callahan booksellers down in Peterborough, NH specializes in nothing but used sporting/fishing titles.

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    1. mike
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      Mike that's where my books are kept, tying desk, also the cellar. Thanks for the book source. I've been to Peterborough once, it was pretty nice.

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  5. John Gierach's 'Fishing Small Streams' is a great book Alan and one of my favourites too.
    Have you read any of Frank Sawyer's, John Goddard's and Brian Clarkes work?
    Alistair

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    1. Anonymous
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      Alistair I have not read any of the authors you mentioned. I do have two that I'll read as soon as I can find affordable copies of their books.

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  6. Geirachs, fishing small stream ,one of my favorites. But come to think of it, most of what he writes I enjoy. Hope you enjoy your next reading session. It's good for the soul.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad I purchased Ed Shenks Fly Rod Trouting a year or so ago. It also gets reread and is a favorite.

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  7. Funny you should mention books at this particular time. I decided a couple of weeks ago to thin out my library. I put out about 60 books that I decided I could part with and gave my wife permission to take them to The ARC Store. Well, half of them have found their way back to the shelves. It's hard to part with old friends.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard it's a hard choice we make when we decide to part with our beloved books. I hope the ones you gave up find there way to a good home and are enjoyed.

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  8. Computers and digital devices have their place but when it comes to reading for enjoyment a real paper and ink book is without equal. Relax with a kindle? Not for me.

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    1. John Dornik
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      John I agree. I still read a newspaper during the course of a day.

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  9. Doing a lot of reading this days, I'll have to add those titles to the list! Thanks for sharing, love Gierach books, but haven't read that one yet. Just for a laugh, I still love reading The Curtis Creek Manifesto... hope that's somewhere in your library too.

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    1. Michael Agneta
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      Mike the Curtis Creek Manifesto is such a concise book on fly fishing, and it's funny. I still have my copy with it's ample coffee stains on it.

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  10. A totally different selection than I'd choose. But very interesting titles to me. I do fish a lot of small creeks for smallmouth . . .

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    1. Josh
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      Josh these titles are mostly tuned to trout fishing.
      I have a couple of small streams that I fish that hold largemouth. Great sport on light fly rods.

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  11. Alan,
    I feel the same way you do about hard copies! I also feel the same about magazines and catalogs. I have quite a collection of each from the past in addition to some important and enjoyable books! Catalogs are particularly interesting to review not only for the prices once paid but for the notes in the margins and circled and high-lighted items!
    Dougsden

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    1. Dougsden
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      Doug, those old catalogs are wonderful. Looking back on what was "the best" at the time...changes my friend.

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  12. Alan - One of my favorite brooks to fish for natives is the one written about in "Fishing with Faeries". Most winters I read it and am easily transformed to some of my favorite locations.

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    1. NJpatbee
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      Pat I think I know what the name of that brook is. He wrote some nice things about it, and one of these times that I visit PA, I'll head into NJ and check it out.

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  13. My favorite old fly fishing books were written by Dana Lamb. Just my own opinion, but very few modern authors compare to his writings - at least for my taste.

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    1. Inland Coast
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      I have not read any works by Lamb. I should research his titles and maybe pick up a copy.

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