Holed-Up Reading Recommendations

| February 4, 2022

Fly and Fishing Books to Perk US Up!

How much YouTube can we watch? Or, how many times can we check Facebook to see how the rest of Texas is doing, once again, during the February deep freeze out?

Thank God Facebook is finally on the way out, at least by stock market measures! How about some books and magazines to read while we wait?

JAN/FEB issue of Tail Fly Fishing Magazine has one of the legends on the cover this issue – Yvon Chouinard. Yes, that Yvon Chouinard – founder of Patagonia clothing company, and obviously impervious to weather and economics.

The Drake For Those Who Fish. It used to brag on it’s cover, $5-BUCKS … my how times have changed. The “$10-BUCKS / $20 for bait fishermen” magazine gives you the hint … the paper version is almost gone. Whatever you do, don’t order a paper version (single issue) from them direct – YOU’LL NEVER get it! Still, the waterspout on the cover of Fall 2021 (leave on stand until 2/22) is an attention grabber. Yes, I took the bait. Get it (on a newsstand) while you can!

While my SO was doing recon on the Trout’s Fly shop in Denver, she sent me a photo of a book on carp, asking if I had it, but behind that book (in the photo), was “Lords of the Fly,” by Monty Burke. In a wild case of harmonic convergence, I have been listening to Hemingway’s “To Have and Have Not,” at night and had on the latest Andy Mill “Mill House” episode #53 Captain Dan Malzone “Life of Guido” … and the book became a topic of conversation – on that podcast – while I was reading it! What a series of coincidences! Florida, and the Keys are … are starting to be a problem for me.

Other books that form a wall of books in the shop that make for easy winter reads are:

From home on his shell mound in the Keys, three Stackpole Books by Randy Wayne White –

As I dig deeper into author Randy Wayne White, I see he’s what I will call a, “crime series writer,” and the basis for a lot of that work looks like the Keys and coasts. Very interesting looking, high volume writing. I have certainly enjoyed his writing style in these three books, and I think you will too. It’s journalism and storytelling nicely braided.

One I continue to work on is, “The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsesson and the Natural History Heist of the Century,” by Kirk Wallace Johnson. Obsession is an understatement!

If these don’t warm you up, feel free to ask for more titles or drop your own books on us here! I would hope the new Coffee & Caddis would carry a full line of fly books, but I know that’s a heavy ask! I will at least have a place for my library to go!

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Category: Adventure, Body-Mind-Soul, Book Reviews, Event Podcasting, Fly Art, Life Observed, Literature, Saltwater Fly Fishing Texas

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