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.
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.