Joe Brooks shares how he produced an amazing documentary about the great Joe Brooks, his grandfathers brother and the man who influenced Lefty Kreh and many other great fly fisherman.

We find out how the late great Joe Brooks fell from grace to live on the streets but pulled himself out of the gutter to become one of the most influential fly fisherman in history.


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Show Notes with Joe Brooks

06:40 – Pools and Riffles was one of the his first popular fishing columns that Joe wrote as part of a local paper.

07:10 – Salt Water Fly Fishing was the first book on salt water fishing.

08:10 – In The Complete Book of Fly Fishing Joe talks about how he was a dry fly purist to begin with but Tom Loving introduced shad and striper via salt water.

10:00 – Salt Water Game Fishing was another book Joe published.

12:15 – Joe Brooks had a career in baseball and played for the Baltimore Orioles near the time when Babe Ruth was on that same team.

17:16 – Joe mentions the movie My Name is Bill W that was based on the story of the man who created Alcoholics Anonymous.

30:40 – The Brotherhood of the Jungle Cock was a group that was one way Joe really gave back to the community.

31:00 – The Outdoor Writers Association of America helped Joe expand his horizons and was a big reason he met his future wife.

32:30 – The American Sportsman was Joe’s next level and one of the things that started outdoor television.

37:00 – Jimmy Albright who tied the albright knot was also the person who held Joe’s last wedding.

38:00 – The first book on Salt Water Fly Fishing by Joe Brooks.

48:00 – Roone Arledge created the American Sportsman and Monday Night Football.


48:30 – Joe talks about the very first pilot for the American Sportsman show.  This episode received rave reviews and can be found on the facebook page.

1:05:00 – Mumford and Sons is one of Joe’s favorite bands.

1:06:00 – Tom Loving was the person who showed Joe the salt water species.

1:08:30 – The Bonefish Tarpon Trust is one place you can help give back to a group that Joe loved.


You can find the documentary at


Joe Brooks Books

Salt Water Fly Fishing by Joe Brooks

The Complete Book of Fly Fishing by Joe Brooks






Joe Brooks and Curt Gowdy, the first American Sportsman Show, casting into the wind from joebrooks documentary on Vimeo.


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Conclusion with Joe Brooks

We hear the story of Joe Brooks from the person who produced the documentary on the great Joe Brooks’ life.  Joe Brooks had more influence on fly fishing than many other people and is the person who put salt water fly fishing on the map.

We hear how Joe lived a rich life then ran into alcoholism and found himself living on the street.  He then pulls himself out of this period to become one of the most influential fisherman in history.