The Angler's Coast and Other Hidden Gems

January 14, 2006 By: Marshall Cutchin

In what must certainly seem an odd twist for the authors, those books with the least hauteur and the most genuine sense of personal adventure form the heartwood of angling literature. The most underappreciated, least-referenced writing often makes the best reading. A couple of favorites are Russell Chatham’s The Angler’s Coast (Clark City Press, revised edition 1991, 184 pages) and Somewhere Down the Crazy River (Sangha Books, 1992) by Paul Boote and Jeremy Wade, a book described by reviewer James H. Phillips as “the most important fishing book of the past quarter-century.”