|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.