Book Review: Crazy for Rivers

This afternoon I found myself in an unlikely place: the local library.

Libraries aren’t totally foreign to me, having spent a good portion of my college years holed up in the corner of the reference section, prepping for the next exam. But in the age of electronic media, a trip to the library has the same frequency as a holiday visit to a distant relative.

I was picking up some CDs and decided to see what the library had to offer in the way of fly fishing books. I found the usual suspects: Rosenbauer, Gierach, Maclean, along with a string of how-to books on fly tying, streamer fishing and reading waters.  

What caught my eye was a rather thin book entitled Crazy for Rivers, by Bill Barich.  Released in 1999 and only 80 pages, it captures his thoughts and feelings on a time in his life when, according to him, “I went a little crazy for rivers.”

The book contains stories about fishing trips that I either aspire to take or remind me of my own experiences. Barich is a truly enjoyable writer.

If you are looking for a quick read, pick up or check out a copy of Crazy for Rivers. Enjoy!


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  1. Thanks for the tip. I’ll definitely check it out!


  2. I wasn’t aware of this one before, but I’ll look for it next trip to the FF shelves. Thanks
    walt´s last blog post ..Upper Kettle, Sunday

  3. Nice. I’m ashamed to admit I don’t read books much, but I’ll put this on the short list for my next flight. I can handle 80 pages.
    Michael Agneta´s last blog post ..Guana Lake – My First Real Kayak Fly Fishing Outing

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