Bookworms Are Good Bait

cline bookworms 1Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT

There’s probably not a single reader of the J. Stockard Fly Fishing blog that hasn’t at some time in their angling career used some type of BAIT to catch fish. I mean real bait like live minnows, worms, chucks of herring, leeches, Velveeta cheese, stinky catfish nuggets and of course those ubiquitous florescent salmon eggs. Let me know if you are out there and have never once used BAIT.

Bookworms aren’t actually BAIT, but being one can make you a better angler and provide context every time you venture out. I unfortunately (from a storage standpoint) started down the bookworm path with angling related books when I was a teenager, close to half a century ago. The ~750 titles I have today have been read at least twice, some are reviewed regularly. When you add the availability of rare titles in the online public domain, I suspect I’ve read over a thousand books related to angling. (Not that many in the great scheme of things as the Trout and Salmonid Collection at Montana State University contains over 11,000 titles and that’s just related to trout and Salmonids). The great majority of my reads have been related to fly fishing but many were about aspects of general angling of all persuasions.

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