February 25, 2019

Autographed & Inscribed Fly Fishing Books

I don't have a ton of fly fishing books, but I have probably accumulated more than my fair share over the last decade or so.

Artful Profiles of Trout, Char, & Salmon - Dave & Emily Whitlock

If possible, I try to get them signed by the author. It has nothing to do with enhancing the resale value, rather I think it makes that particular copy a bit more special. A cherished keepsake if you will. Even though the author's words are contained on the pages within, books are mass produced if not distributed digitally. One of many. To me, the signature creates more of a one-on-one connection, makes it unique. They don't even have to be "famous" authors or anglers, that's not the point.

In any event, some autographs you can still obtain in person, and some unfortunately you cannot. Personally, I kick myself sometimes on some of the opportunities I've missed out on due to poor planning. However, if you have a fly fishing book collection, you might be interested in an email sent out by the Rogue Angler in Oregon, that was promoting the autographed books they have for sale, including one signed by the recently deceased legend, "Lefty" Kreh that would certainly garner a special place on any angler's bookshelf. Oh, and Yvon Chouinard is no slacker either...

Now I'd note, I have no association with the Rogue Angler whatsoever. No monetary kickbacks for this post. I just thought it was a pretty cool opportunity to take advantage of, should my readers have any interest. Certainly caught my attention.

In any event, here are a few photos of the autographed/inscribed fishing books I own. I think they're pretty cool to look at each time you pick up the copy to re-read the contents once more.

A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park - Steve Schweitzer

Native to this Stream - Paul Weidknecht

Jack's Drift - J. Wilfred Cahill

tenkara the book - Daniel Galhardo

How To Fool Fish with Simple Flies - Dr. Paul Gaskell & John Pearson

The Stream of Time - Len Harris

Fishing, Ghosts, and My Mother's Gray Hair - Mark Kautz
(If you've read my blog enough, you know this guy...)

Do you happen to enjoy getting your fly fishing books autographed or inscribed too? If so, I'd love to read in the comments below about which books are the treasures of your home library, and why they might be special to you.


  1. Fun post. I cherish the inscriptions I've gotten over the years. I have a great one by Lefty and Bob Clouser and David Whitlock. It's in a book they never even remembered being created. That was funny and made the book more special to me. The book has excerpts from many different authors. I also have a David Whitlock stencil drawing that's in my son's room. I admire it almost every time I go in his room.

    1. That's a great story, and a legendary trio of anglers!

  2. My library has grown over the years. I cherish the books and re-read them often.
    Although only a few are signed, which I must say adds to their value and I mean not just monetarily but for your own enrichment.

    1. No doubt Alan. Definitely makes each book a bit more "valuable."

  3. Nice collection Mike! I've only got three: Daniel's on the Tenkara Book, Gordon Wickstrom's on Notes from an Old Fly Book, and Gierach's on Sex, Death, and Flyfishing. But they're special to me.

    1. Awesome. You've got some really nice examples there. I can see how they would be special.

  4. Mike
    I have to admit I don't read much at all aside from the blogs I keep up with. I get a lot of my fishing info from videos and website. Interesting looking at all the books you've had signed Mark was practically the only one with a clear name autograph. I guess I have no room to talk about individuals handwriting when mime is barely readable. Thanks for sharing

  5. keep blogging and chasing trout...enjoy your stories.