Plead The Fifth

theriverwhy This past weekend the Professor and I were enjoying a soggy evening with a little red vino while trying to determine the top five fly-fishing books of all time. We reached consensus pretty quickly on four great reads, but the jury is still out on the fifth slot. Take a look at what we came up with:

1. The River Why by David James Duncan. This is a personal favorite of mine. Adore this book because it’s really just a great love story hidden in a fish story.

2. The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton. I haven’t read it, going with the masses here.

3. Trout Bum by John Gierach. Didn’t blow my skirt up but I defer to the world on this one.

4. A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean. I know, I know. We love to hate what this film did to our secret little sport. But I love it. I love Robert Redford, I love Norman Maclean, I love the writing. It’s beautiful. It’s literary. It’s poetic. And even if you don’t like it, you at least have to admit, without it we wouldn’t have Buster.

5. ????

What’s your ruling? Did we get it right?

Don’t hold your tongue, instead plead your case for the fifth title to make the list.

54 Responses to “Plead The Fifth”
  1. joshua@gallatin river guides says:

    joshua@gallatin river guides: “a river runs through it” got me started in flyfish.“trout bum” kept me going in the beginning.“a good life wasted” led me to become a flyfishing guidegierach is the best  (Quote)

  2. says:

    Sully wrote on Jan 25, 2010 about Nevin Stephenson. I worked with Nevin in 1986 at a fishing camp in Alaska. Anyone know where or how I can contact him?

  3. HntWhttail says:

    I worked with Nevin in 1986 at a fishing camp in Alaska.Anyone know where or how I can contact him?

    Nevin’s son Jamie here, sorry to say that Nevin passed away in 2000, in Butte, MT. His ashes were spread in the Bighole river. Nice to see people still thinking of him. you can contact me at jamienserah at

  4. That’s a good thing to do. And the books are nive.

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