Top 5 Fishing Books

Jun 17 , 2020

Aaron Buche

Top 5 Fishing Books

On a warm sunny afternoon while you're at the rod and reel waiting for that big bite, you might want to pick up one of our top 5 books about fishing. No matter your skill level, these books will be sure to fascinate any fisherman.

Best Basic All Around Fishing Book: Fishing for Dummies by Peter Kaminsky and Greg Schwipps

You'd be “stupid” not to pick up this book! It has everything a beginning fisherman would need. But it won't shortchange the avid angler, either. Complete with tips on fishing and color photos, it'll teach you how to get the "big one" to bite!

Most Complete Fishing Instruction: The Total Fishing Manual by Joe Cermele

With tips like picking the best lures and flies and customizing your rod and reel, this book is for the fishing obsessed. Be warned: It's not your beginner book. It's from the editors over at Field & Stream. They don't slack either: they offer 317 essential fishing skills that will help make your trip a success!

For the Photos: Fly-Fishing Rivers of the West by Grant McClintock

The resplendent rivers of western America and Canada are brilliantly captured in this, Grant McClintock's second book. Find out why the American West is the world's destination for fly-fishing. The forward is by journalist Tom Brokaw. The 200 photographs on 224 over-sized pages is perfect for any coffee table.

Best Places to Fish: Fifty Places to Fly Fish Before You Die by Chris Santella

It's like having a fishing guide in your hands for 50 fishing destinations. Santella spares no expense, giving in-depth interviews with the sport's most authoritative fishermen. He delivers in dramatic fashion the best fishing holes in the world, from Mongolia to the Florida Keys.

Improving Your Fishing: High Percentage Fishing: A Statistical Approach To Improving Catch Rates by Josh Alwine

Who doesn't want to improve their catch rate? That's kind of the point, isn't it? Alwine focuses on the art of bass fishing. I remember when I was a boy, my dad always taught me the adage, "When the wind is from the west, the fish bite the best. When the wind is from the east, the fish bite the least." Is that actually true? Alwine finds out using science and strategy.

So, there you have it, the top 5 books on fishi...wait a minute. Actually, we’ve got 5 more! You fell for it, hook, line, and sinker, I guess. Here are 5 more works on fishing. These are actually fiction works, for the lover of tall fishing tales.

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean

Sure, the movie is great (staring Robert Redford), but nothing can be compared to the book. An English professor, Maclean waited until retirement to write. And growing up near the Rocky Mountains, he knows how to capture the scenery. Small towns, loggers and drunks; it hits the spot.

Don't let this classic get away.

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway

In this his final work published in 1952, Hemingway tells the story of an aged Cuban named Santiago struggling with a giant marlin just off the coast of Cuba. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1953 

The River Why by David James Duncan

Written in 1983, David J. Duncan uses fishing to humorously discuss love and self-discovery. Voted the 35th best novel in the 20th century by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Longest Silence: A Life in Fishing by Thomas McGuane

Renowned novelist Thomas McGuane's collection of 40 essays was published in 1999. Still relevant, Jim Harrison regarded McGuane as the best writer on fishing more "than anyone else in the history of mankind.”

Trout Bum by John Gierach

Gierach channels his inner Huckleberry Finn in this 1986 classic. If you're looking for wit and adventure with a pinch of,, this collection of essays is sure to satisfy.


We all know how fishing stories go. We wonder if we can trust the angler who says, "It was this big, but it got away!" For those who love a good tale, try Incredible - and True! - Fishing Stories by Shaun Morey. 

On a lazy, summer afternoon why not take one of these books with you to the lake? Besides, the wind will probably be in the east.