The Americans Are Coming, The Last Tasmanian, Lone Angler by Herb Curtis
A New Brunswick trilogy, with a salmon river backdrop. The coming-of-age of a boy named Dryfly. Containing a wonderful cast of characters such as Nutbeam, Shadrack and Paladin. Cream o' tartar!
"Why don't the salmon bite while those bubbles are on the river?" asked the American.
"They're on the toilet," said Bert, "them bubbles are fish farts."
The Silent Partner by Herb Curtis
Twenty years later Corry Quinn, living with greying hippy Uncle Kid, continues in the tradition set by Dryfly.
Luther Corhern's Salmon Camp Chronicles by Herb Curtis
A collection of unsassuming, down-to-earth, humourous tales.
Rockbound by Frank Parker Day
A 1928, Nova Scotia, sea fishermans classic. The struggles of a young fisherman to secure his place amongst his peers.
"Beneath a swaying lantern, where he could watch and command all, sat Uriah, his swift, keen knife ripping open the bellies of herrings, his thorny thumb, unprotected against sharp bones by glove or stall, tearing out entrails or roe to be thrown into the appropriate tub."
I was talking to Vern the other day and he was re-reading a copy of Rockbound that I had given him (he'd lost his copy). He was telling me that during the renovation of an old fish house a knife had dropped out between the beams. It was a herring knife. He described to me how the first cut was made from the gill down the belly and a forward motion of the hand, or knife, flicked out the guts. He said he'd watched fishermen do it and it appeared to be all in one motion and the speed was so fast that the eye couldn't keep up.
He gave me the knife and described how they'd cut down an old dinner knife to make the shape. Attached is a photo and you can see how small it is, not more than five inches from head to tail. It is still as sharp as a razor.
I first read this book about 30 years ago and I would thoroughly recommend Rockbound to all Nova Scotians. In fact I would recommend it to everyone.
A new edition of Canada Reads, CBC's "Battle of the Books, 2005," introduces five works of Canadian fiction and the corresponding celebrity champions who will duke it out in the annual literary battle.
Frank Parker Day's Rockbound will be defended by author Donna Morrissey.
Five literary combatants will defend their chosen books beginning Feb. 21 on CBC Radio and CBC Newsworld. At the end of each half-hour episode, they will be asked to vote out one title until only a single book remains, triumphant, on Feb. 25.
The Globe and Mail. Saturday, February 26, 2005.
Frank Parker Day's forgotten classic Rockbound has broken free of obscurity and won this year's Canada Reads contest in an upset win, besting Margaret Atwood's multiple-award nominee, Oryx and Crake.
The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
A story of man's generosity to nature. This is not a 'fishing' book but a reminder that 'fish grow on trees.'
Last Stories of the Old Hunters, More Stories of the Old Duck Hunters, Stories of the Old Duck Hunters by Gordon MacQuarrie
I feel like Gordon is writing about people I know in some of his stories. They are so down-to-earth that it is difficult to know whether they are fact or fiction. Wonderfully written and lots of laughs.
Anything by Patrick McManus. My favourite being The Good Samaritan Strikes Again.
I have the same feeling about McManus's characters as I do for McQuarrie's. I'm not sure whether they are real or not. They have to be real because I'm pretty certain I've met some of them.
A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
I am haunted by waters is probably one of the most quoted sentences in all of fly-fishing. This is a story that should be read over and over again.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen by Paul Torday
I like this story because of the bumblings of the bureaucracy and one mans efforts to overcome many obstacles.
The Dog-Nose Chronicles by Cliff Hauptman
A sophisticated work of outdoor fiction with more twists and turns than the flight of a flushed timberdoodle. All that W.C. "Dog-Nose" Cooper, an Ivy-leagued Boston blueblood, and Junior, a failed baker from eastern Canada's famed salmon region, have in common is a love of flyfishing.
The Tent Dwellers by Albert Bigelow Paine
A 1908 Nova Scotia trout fishing trip. Hilarious adventures with accurate descriptions of the Nova Scotia woods and lakes.
Nova Scotia's Speckled Trout versus The Angling Novice by H.E. (Ted) Parker
The Introduction begins ... "I am convinced that my obsession with angling was not acquired. I was born with it." In the text he recounts the many streams he has fished and so this volume is far more than an introduction to angling.
Discover Nova Scotia ... Sportfishing: A season-by-season fishing guide to Nova Scotia by Don MacLean
Veteran fisherman, biologist and writer Don MacLean guides anglers to the best locations throughout the year
A Little Thing I Tied Myself by Don MacLean
The history, stories and profiles of past and present prominent fly-tiers throughout Atlantic Canada. There's some great patterns and tips throughout this book (if only I could remember them).
Living With Trout ... A Lifelong Adventure by Reg Baird
I love watching Reg flick a fly. In fact I'd rather watch him fish than fish myself. This book is about the life and times of a great Nova Scotian fly-fisherman and river guide, with 63 years experience in the ways of trout.
The St. Mary's and Other Waters by Charles Widgery
I am quite familiar with some of the places Charles talks about so this book was of great interest to me. A collection of short stories set on many of Nova Scotia's rivers and lakes.
The Look-Off Bear by Jack Dowell
A collection of light-hearted and moving stories that take part in the woods and rivers of Nova Scotia. I'm guessing that most of them occurred before WWII when life was much simpler.
Lure of the Labrador Wild by Dillon Wallace
A tragic, yet heroic, true tale. A battle with nature that reads like fiction.
The Last Guide by Ron Corbett
The story of Frank Kuiack, the last of the old-time guides in Algonquin park. A story of fish and love
Pick any book! A great fisherman who loves to tell tales. I especially like the first chapter in "Standing in a River Waving a Stick." It is all about what every fly-fisher hopes to become.
To Know A River by Roderick Haig-Brown
Trout and salmon fishing on Vancouver Island. A compilation of wonderful tales taken from many of Haig-Browns books.
Death of a Riverkeeper by Ernest Schwiebert
Poignant tales. Wonderfully written.
When the Fish are Rising by Clint Fleming
Tales of the Rideau Lakes in the late forties.
Little Rivers by Margot Page
Lifes treasures from a flyfisherwoman.
Lines on the Water by David Adams Richards
David takes us through his life, from childhood to adulthood, fishing the brooks and rivers of New Brunswick. Winner of the 1998 Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction.
Brook Trout by Nick Karas
A thorough look at North America's Great Native Trout -- Its History, Biology and Angling Possibilities. Not a 'How to fish' book but a really informative look at the wiley brookie.
Pools of Memory by Charlie Kroll
The Sixty Year Odyssey of a Devoted Fly Fisherman. Thirty four short but enjoyable stories of fishing such places as Tag Alder Heaven and The Pools of Oz.
Pavlov's Trout by Paul Quinnett
The Incompleat Psychology of Everyday Fishing. Not a 'How to', nor a 'Where to', but more a 'Why we'. This is a book that'll make you ask a few questions about yourself. Humorous and insightful.
Healing Beyond the Body by Larry Dossey, M.D.
This is a book that is well worth getting out of the library. It has one entire chapter, entitled 'Trout Mind,' devoted to the spiritual and healing properties of trout fishing. At one point he says..."I know several fishermen who proudly call themselves fishheads. This is their way of admitting that they have lost their minds to trout, that they are literally crazy about fishing."
He puts into words things about 'why I fish' that I cannot explain. Show this to your wife, and your fishing and non-fishing friends.
Trout by Ray Bergman
Since 1938, Ray Bergman's Trout has remained the best and most popular book on trout fishing.
Trout Madness by Robert Traver
This book is the story of a lawyer gone wrong; of a man possessed of a fourteen carat legal education who has gaily neglected it to follow the siren call of trout. Twenty-one great stories.
Spring Creek by Nick Lyons
Unbelievable trout fishing on a private stretch of water. If only I could be so lucky as to be invited to fish Spring Creek.
L.L. Bean Fly-Fishing Handbook by Dave Whitlock
A great beginners handbook. The illustrations and descriptions regarding lines, knots, casting, tactics and fly-tying are perfect for anyone just starting to fly-fish.