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October 22nd, 2001

Saltwater Fly Fishing, From Maine to Texas

Edited by Don Phillips
Published by Frank Amato Publications

Reviewed by Deanna Lee Birkholm

Every one in a while someone comes up with a real winner! This is one of those times. If you have any interest in fly fishing saltwater anywhere from Maine to Texas - even if you are an old pro - there are places, flies and methods you may not know. On the other hand, if you're just getting started fishing saltwater, you must have this book.

Saltwater Fly Fishing, From Maine to Texas

The idea is brilliant - get the best of the local guides to write a section about his local fishery. Included in each section is a regional map, charts with both the bait, the most common fish and the specific times they are there, a list of local guides and fly shops. It's absolutely great.

But there's more! Each of the guides also contributes his favorite(s) flies. There are flies for the Northeast, Northeast Favorites for Stripers and Bluefish, Favorites for the Atlantic States, Florida Favorites, Gulf States Favorites, and Favorite Clousers. Almost all the flies have both the recipe and instructions. Really very well done.

Just one of the 275 flies in this book! Quoting from the Foreword by Lou Tabory, "The more-skilled anglers know how to read the water and find the conditions that offer hot fishing but, even then, learning a new spot takes some work. Having a reference guide to consult gives even the experienced fly-fisher some insight into the fishery. I tell my students 'Learn several spots well and then keep learning other places so you can broaden your knowledge.' When fishing new waters it helps to have confidence so you can be prepared. It is important to have some background when you travel, such as knowing the type of forage and game fish you can expect to find at different times of the year. And it is very helpful to know what flies to bring and their sizes, what tackle and line types work best, and what is the best time of year to plan a fishing trip. There is important information contained in this book that will help anglers enjoy fishing many popular areas from Maine to Texas."

If you think you already know it all - forget it! There is just too much for anyone person to know it. Do yourself a favor, get it!~ DLB

Saltwater Fy Fishing
From Maine to Texas

133 pages, black and white and color photographs
8 3/4" x 11"
Softcover, $22.00 U.S
ISBN 1-57188-252-9
Published by Frank Amato Publications.

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