Can't Go Fishing? At least you can read about it.
Crack open any of these great fly fishing books.
Impress your fellow anglers with your angling acumen. Don’t know what acumen means? That is ok—you could still at least figure out a double-nymph rig if you had to. Despite our air of self- importance, whether justified or not, that many fly fishers gravitate towards, finding a well-read angler can be as challenging as finding a salmon fly in February. An appreciation of the literature of our sport is as important as being able to get it done on the stream—you might be able to walk the walk, but can you talk the talk? Read the following books as a head start.
A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean, University of Chicago Press, 1979
The Longest Silence, Thomas McGuane, Vintage Books, 1999
The River Why, David James Duncan, Sierra Club Books, 1983 (now a Bantam Book)
Trout Bum or Sex, Death and Fly Fishing, John Gierach, Fireside Books, 1985 and 1990, respectively
The Dry Fly: New Angles, Gary La Fontaine, The Lyons Press, reissued 2002
Presentation, Gary Borger, Tomorrow River Press, 1995
Body of Water, Chris Dombrowski, Milkweed, 2016.