Fish Untamed Reads 2

This edition of Fish Untamed reads features three books that aren’t fly- fishing-specific. However, I can’t imagine a diehard angler turning their nose up to any of these three.

Instead of focusing on the fishing itself, I chose one informative book, one reflective set of essays, and one that falls somewhere in between. Enjoy!

A stack of books open on a desk.

1. Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter by Steven Rinella

If you’re trying to sort books by those that are informative and those that are entertaining, this one would have to fall somewhere in the middle. Meat Eater is mostly a collection of short stories about Steven Rinella’s adventures hunting and fishing, with other tidbits thrown in at the end of each chapter. Some are insightful, others packed with information, and most have at least a touch of humor. It’s a quick, easy, and enjoyable read, and if you’re familiar with Steven Rinella, it’s hard not to read it in his voice from cover to cover.

2. A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

A Sand County Almanac is a staple for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Frequently listed in “must-read” lists, this book turns the tiniest moments outside into grand stories that run deeper than they initially appear. The first section of the book goes month-by-month through the year, focusing on a small but beautiful parts of each season. The second part of the book has assorted other outdoor stories and reflections. This is a good one to keep by your bedside, as each chapter is the perfect length for a before-bed read.

3. Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia by Vin T. Sparano

A purely informative book, the Complete Outdoors Encyclopedia is an invaluable resource for any outdoorsman. It covers everything from hunting and fishing, to camping, first aid, and boating. And, it’s not just a quick overview of each category. It goes quite in depth about everything it covers, especially considering the breadth of topics it contains. If you want to know the inner workings of a firearm, or how to catch a fish with a spinner, a fly, bait, a plug, or even a bow, this book belongs on your shelf.

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Don’t forget to check out Fish Untamed Reads 1.

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This is a list I made and use for my own trips, and I think any backcountry angler will find it handy.