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Signed and Inscribed

Signed and Inscribed

10/8/2020 - From my library: The Dettes, A Catskill Legend by Eric Leiser, 1992, first edition, signed by Walt, Winnie and Mary as well as inscribed by the author to Charley Nardi, long time fishing manager at Campsite Sport Shop in Melville dated 5/19/1992. Very good condition. If interested drop ... Read More
Now in living color!

Now in living color!

Want to catch more fish? ... Read More
Peace

Peace

Observations of the world situation ... Read More
Corona Reading

Corona Reading

What I'm reading to keep my mind in a good place ... Read More
Fly Fishing the Surf

Fly Fishing the Surf

Angelo and I had lunch recently and he gave me a copy of his book Fly Fishing the Surf. He said it might come in handy with my boating days now limited to invites from friends. He is an avid beach fisher and has put together this complete guide on ... Read More
Where do Bonefish come from?

Where do Bonefish come from?

I first heard of bonefishing from David Sandler, ...a potato chip salesman turned sales trainer whose legacy continues to this day. We met in the late 70’s through the Control Data Corporation which hired him to teach us how to sell intangible products to major employers. Products and services that ... Read More
Meet Mark...

Meet Mark…

I figure Usyk is one of those guys you meet who didn’t always color between the lines ... Read More
New book of stories by a Fly Fisher

New book of stories by a Fly Fisher

Richard implored me to meet him in Idaho, at Silver Creek, during the coming summer ... Read More
Striped-Bass-Blitz-off-Montauk

Watch the Video

Montauk - The Mecca of all Saltwater Anglers. A magic place, when it is on. This was the last week in September. We had scheduled this trip the year before but a hurricane caused us to reschedule. As you will see, it was worth the wait. If you like the ... Read More
A book that makes you think

A book that makes you think

We are coming to understand that our fishing is deeply interwoven with everything else, the state of our environment and the attitude of our society towards it ... Read More
A Cast in the Woods

A Cast in the Woods

A Cast in the Woods is a new book by Stephen Sautner, author of Fish On Fish Off (find it in the Reading Room). I have a kinship with Stephen, even though we have yet to meet. We love similar things including fly fishing, although he is more of a ... Read More
Atlantic Salmon & Hockey?

Atlantic Salmon & Hockey?

It is June and the Stanley Cup is underway. At the same time, the Atlantic Salmon have begun to enter the rivers of Eastern Canada. What is the common denominator? Jim Lorentz! He has a Stanley Cup to his credit and has spent his life fishing for Atlantic Salmon. ... Read More
Romano's books just keep getting better!

Romano’s books just keep getting better!

There are plenty of you who read the mass market writers, you know the ones. Tale after tale, well written but usually just more of the same. Distributed to every nook and cranny before the ink is dry. I read them too. What I really enjoy though, are the independent ... Read More
Where to catch Trout on Long Island

Where to catch Trout on Long Island

Long Island Trout Unlimited has been producing a stream guide to our spring creeks for many years. This is the 3rd edition and has been updated with additional rivers, more detailed information on where to fish, a little history, and even QR codes to make it easy for you to ... Read More
Jerry-Kustich

Holy Water

Some of us are just attracted to water more than others. I have been that way for as long as I can remember. The puddles in the unfinished streets after a rainstorm were oceans to me. Later the sumps or recharge basins as they were properly known. Then the lakes, ... Read More
Every fly fisher has a favorite fly, right? 

Every fly fisher has a favorite fly, right? 

When David contacted me to ask what mine was I didn't have to think for very long. I answered him immediately - and then began to have second thoughts, and third and fourth. There has to be more than one! Given the time of year, the location, the situation and ... Read More
Summer Reads - Part 2

Summer Reads – Part 2

John Gierach is, from what I can figure, just like you and me. Sure, he has the storyteller’s gift and uses it well in the cause of fly fishing, if that can be a cause, but I think he is just a regular guy. There are those who envy his ... Read More
History of the Connetquot River

History of the Connetquot River

One Little River, The Story of the Connetquot River: Millionaire-Sportsmen’s Paradise; by Robert Graham Giffen, 2016 (Shires Press) I am a history buff, especially Long Island Gold Coast history. It all started with F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and then E.L. Doctorow’s Loon Lake – actually it was before ... Read More
Summer Reading

Summer Reading

July 7 - Northport Sure I am still fishing, both salt and fresh, but Summer is a great time to step back from it all - get in the hammock or plop down in a lawn chair and bury yourself in a good book. It's like a "stay-cation." You can ... Read More
Buy this book!

Potage?

My good friend and childhood fishing partner, Dave O’Connell, just published his first book: Potage, A Cook’s Primer. I love the book (and Dave) and want to let all of you out there know about it. It's about much more than soup, so please read on. I had to think ... Read More
Side Casts by Hoagy Carmichael

Garrison, Bogdan and more

I love reading about the history of our sport, fly fishing that is. This one fills in some blanks. Side Casts by Hoagy Carmichael is a recent addition to that body of work, the collective history of fishing with the fly. It is a personal book with relationship stories which ... Read More
Indian-Horse by Richard-Wagamese

Mystery of Life

I have always had an appreciation for the native American heritage and history. I came across this book by Richard Wagamese and could not put it down. It is not about fly fishing or fishing for that matter, but rather the story of a life. A native American life in ... Read More
Art Flick - Catskill Legend

Vintage Authors: Art Flick

Art Flick, Catskill Legend – A Remembrance of His Life and Times by Roger Keckeissen, Published 2014 by Clark City Press, 197 pages with photos. He ran an Inn in West Kill, NY near the Schoharie. A fisherman’s Inn – fly fishers that is; grouse hunters too. The elite of ... Read More
Anglers-All by-John-Taintor-Foote

Vintage Authors: John Taintor Foote

I love books, especially old ones about the fishing life. Here is one whose work is thoroughly enjoyable and humorous, capturing the complexities of balancing relationships and our favorite sport. John Taintor Foote was an artist and author turned Hollywood screenplay writer. Born in Leadville, Colorado, he moved to New ... Read More
Lee-Hartman,-Varzina-River-on-the-Kola-Peninsula

Salmon Fishing In Russia – Lee Hartman

Renowned guide and world-wide fisherman, Lee Hartman, is available to present How Russia opened the Kola Peninsula, Siberia & Kamchatka to Salmon Fishing for sport and his book: Trails in a Wild Frontier. Invite him to your group's meeting to hear this amazing story of how he and his associates ... Read More
Bitterroot-Rainbow

Fish Montana, Idaho & Wyoming

Chapter 9 in Letters to Mack 2: Correspondence from Montana to Montauk is titled "Missoula to Jackson" and details an amazing trip from the Bitterroot, Blackfoot and Rock Creek, to the Lochsa River in Idaho, then on to the Madison from Ennis to Yellowstone, all the way to the Snake, ... Read More
Striped-Bass-Blitz-off-Montauk

Fish Montauk

Chapter 15 in Letters to Mack 2: Correspondence from Montana to Montauk is titled "Montauk on a Fly" and details the amazing day pictured above. Here is how it starts: Montauk in October is nirvana but I had an opportunity to share a charter with a friend who had a ... Read More
Simple-Flies-by-Morgan-Lyle

Simple Flies

Those of you who know me know that I like to keep things simple. I like the basics, the essentials. When I saw that Paul McCain of River Bay Outfitters was having Morgan Lyle over to tie flies from his new book - Simple Flies - I just had to ... Read More
Fly Fishing Russia - How it all began

Fly Fishing Russia – How it all began

I just got back from a wonderful trip. I started in Siberia looking for Taimen then headed to the Kola Peninsula for Atlantic salmon and finished up in Kamchatka with its amazing wilderness and giant rainbows. What a trip! All as the guest of Lee Hartman, a long time Delaware ... Read More
The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

I am thinking about my next project and was considering a fishing-related book on the meaning of life: contemplative, reflective, maybe even spiritual. As is often the case, there is nothing new under the sun. As I began making notes and doing some research, I came across a 2002 publication ... Read More
Somerset 2017

Shameless Self Promotion

My first book was not about fishing. Neither was my most recent one. They are more about living - but this is a fishing website so I will stick to the subject. How to Fly Fish for Trout, The First Book to Read was my first fishing book. I wrote ... Read More
Recent Reads & Friends

Recent Reads & Friends

You can read the story of my favorite fly in this exciting new book – America’s Favorite Flies. With 656 pages and 1,700 images, featuring the favorite flies of 245 fly fishers, this hard covered first edition is truly an amazing book. Surely collectible with color photos, beautiful art work, personal stories and ... Read More
Who and How Books

Who and How Books

A. K. Best– Fly Tying with A. K., (2008), Stackpole Books Hoagy Carmichael – Side Casts – Stories of Garrison, Bogdan and more including Long Island’s own Ed Fody;  A Master’s Guide to Building a Bamboo Fly Rod –  in which Hoagy details Everett Garrison’s rod making Al Caucci and Bob Nastasi - Hatches; Meet the ... Read More
Where to go

Where to go

Leonard M. Wright, Neversink (1991) Atlantic Monthly Press. Wright had the good fortune to own not one but two properties on the upper Neversink and he spent considerable time and energy in trying to improve the habitat much like Hewitt before him.  A good read and full of information on ... Read More
Contemporary Writers

Contemporary Writers

Note to Reader: If the hyperlinks don't work try these booksellers or Amazon.com. Bannerot, Longsworth & Rock - Firsts: An Anthology of Angling Experiences, (2008), CFFCM (Stories) Christopher Camuto - A Fly Fisherman's Blue Ridge, (1990), Henry Holt & Co. (Stories) John Cole - Tarpon Quest, (1991), ... Read More
Adirondack-secret-spot

Vintage Books on Fly Fishing

I love old books and have a few... (the links may not always work due to the age of the books but you can always search for them. Try these booksellers.) Trout by Ray Bergman, (1938, 1976), Knopf Complete Book of Fly Fishing by Joe Brooks, (1958), ... Read More
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I like some authors who write more than fishing books, although some of them were fishermen. Take a look: Paul Hyde Bonner - The Glorious Mornings, Stories on Shooting and Fishing, (1954), Scribners; Hotel Talleyrand, (1953) Scribners; With Both Eyes Open, (1956) Scribners; SPQR, (1952), Scribners. Jack Finney - Time ... Read More
Classic Fly Fishing Book Sources

Classic Fly Fishing Book Sources

You can search for new and old books on these bookseller sites: Firesideangler.com David Foley Books David Foley-Sporting Books 76 Bonny View Rd. West Hartford, CT O6107 dryfly@snet.net The Museum accepts donations of collectible and contemporary books on fly fishing and maintains a library of every book they can find, ... Read More