There’s no debate as to the heavyweight (literally and otherwise) in this category: McClane’s New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia by A.J. McClane (1,156 pp.; 1998 reprint of 1974 revised second edition. Illustrated. Published by Random House Value Publishing, Dept. FS, 201 E. 50th St., New York, NY 10022. Hardcover, $75). After 34 years and close to 1 million copies, this book by Field & Stream’s late and longtime fishing editor is still the indispensable reference no matter what type of fishing you prefer. Good news for bargain hunters: It’s commonly discounted to as low as $30.
McLane’s New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia
McLane's New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia