Whenever I pursue a new endeavor, I read about anything I can get my hands on.  Here's a list of some of the books I have in my collection and have enjoyed:

 

 

  1.  My Life in Fishing, by Stu Apte.  Fantastic stories about an amazing life.  He was a fighter jet pilot, commercial airlines pilot, and professional guide, and set a ton of fly fishing records.
  2.  The Longest Silence, Thomas McGuane.  An introspective book more about the "why" of fishing than the how.
  3. Trout Masters Too, Jerald Horst.  Specific to speckled trout fishing in Louisiana.