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The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing For Coastal Gamefish
NOW AVAILABLE. It is a revised and updated edition of Fisherman's Coast, and includes three new chapters - Tides, How Fish Use Sight and Sound, and Stewardship - and new photos and figures.

Book Description from the Publisher: Aaron Adams, Ph.D., a marine biologist who fly fishes, figured out what was missing from saltwater fly fishing and frustrating saltwater anglers. The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Coastal Gamefish is the first and only book that follows the freshwater tradition and educates saltwater anglers about the fish they pursue with a fly rod. Adams presents information on coastal gamefish behavior and diets, the habitats they use, when and where they eat different prey, the best locations and times to fish for them, and much more. For centuries, trout anglers have known how to match the hatch. Now saltwater anglers have their own reference – not only for matching the prey most eaten by gamefish, but also how to interpret coastal environments to put themselves in the right place at the right time to catch more fish. There is an old saying “10% of fishermen catch 90% of the fish” – The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing For Coastal Gamefish is your path to joining that 10%. Even those already in the top 10% will learn from this book. If you fish warmwater coasts – from the Caribbean to the Carolinas and the Gulf of Mexico – you will benefit from this book. But so will anglers who fish more northern coasts. The book has fishing tips for 25 marine gamefish and their prey including: red drum, spotted seatrout, permit, bonefish, snook, tarpon, barracuda, snapper, ladyfish, weakfish, bluefish, striped bass, cobia, cero mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and jacks.

Book chapters:

  • Life Cycles of Marine Gamefish and Their Prey
  • Tide Basics (new)
  • Sight and Sound (new)
  • Seagrass
  • Mangroves
  • Oyster Bars
  • Salt Marshes
  • Beaches
  • Rubble and Sand Flats of the Tropics
  • Stewardship (new)

What They're Saying:

With a degree in marine biology, years of fishing experience, and a passion for the environment, Aaro Adams is eminently qualified to tell you how to find fish and what they're eating. - Chico Fernandez

The ocean is a mysterious frontier, and scientists who turn a lifetime of study into fishing advice are extremely rare. Adams's new work belongs in the lilbrary of any angler who wants to start nearshore fishing with a solid understanding of what makes these environments so special. - Marshall Cutchin, Midcurrent

Dr. Aaron Adams is one of the country's foremost authorities on the conservation of inshore game fish and their habitats. But he is first and foremost a fly fisherman, whose ability to translate scientific research into real-world angling advice has resulted in an entire library of practical information condensed into one volume. - Steve Walburn, Editor, American Angler

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Book Description from the publisher:

- Over 450 color photos of prey and flies
- Over 150 species and 200 fly patterns for crabs, shrimp, baitfish, and prey fish
- Learn what saltwater gamefish eat and why
- How to fish flies to mimic live saltwater prey

Fly Fisherman's Guide to Saltwater Prey is the complete reference for matching coastal prey fish and invertebrates with the fly patterns that imitate them. Photos of gamefish prey, information on the habitats, locations, and seasons the prey are most likely found, and photos and recipes of the flies to imitate them help you create, tie, and fish the flies. The focus is on fly fishing for coastal gamefish in warm-temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions.

What others are saying:
"Adams has assembled a terrific reference book for fly tiers who want to break away from generic patterns and avid anglers who want to know more about habitat and habits." Candus Thomson, Baltimore Sun "I was thrilled to receive a review copy of Fly Fisherman's Guide to Saltwater Prey. You did an absolutely incredible job, combining your extensive scientific knowledge with your detailed skills in fly fishing and particularly the selection of flies. You can be sure that your book will have an honored place in my library and I plan to promote it as much as I can. I have never seen anything like it and doubt if I ever will." Mark Sosin

“A standard reference for every saltwater tier. Adams's enormous field experience shows, and he makes it obvious, that there is more to imitating prey than tying and using generic patterns. Veteran and novice tiers, and even non-tying fly fishers, will glean insight from this excellent matching of prey data and fly pattern recipes.” Marshall Cutchin, Midcurrent.com

“A fisheries biologist with a Ph.D. who knows how to write and loves his fly rods is a rare breed.” John Page Williams

"The complete reference for matching coastal prey fish and invertebrates with the fly patterns that imitate them. Photos of gamefish prey, information on the habitats, locations, and seasons in which the prey are most likely found, and photos and recipes of the flies to imitate them help you create, tie, and use flies. The focus is on fly fishing for coastal gamefish in warm-temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions. This is the saltwater anglers answer to the freshwater trout fishermans entomology and fly pattern book." Flipkart.com

Review on Fishing Jones

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Book Description from the Publisher: Marine researcher Aaron Adams shares his knowledge about sea grass, mangroves, salt marshes, oyster bars, shorelines, beaches, sand flats, and coral reefs from the Caribbean to the Carolinas, the Gulf of Mexico to the Florida coast, to give you what you need to know to fish for tropical, subtropical, and warm-water species. Behavior, life cycles, and fishing tips for 25 marine gamefish and their prey are included. Species include red drum, spotted seatrout, permit, bonefish, snook, tarpon, barracuda, snapper, ladyfish, weakfish, bluefish, striped bass, cobia, cero mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and jacks.

What others are saying:
“probably the first book an academic has written that aptly transcends that fine line between formal writing and useful readability for the fly-angler. His analysis of the predatory/prey relationships at work in the various habitats, coupled with discussions of fly selection and fishing strategies, is outstanding.” Mark Rumph, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters magazine.

“Fisherman’s Coast is so packed with information you can’t digest it in one sitting. This book may prove to be a ‘sleeper,’ something many book buyers walk by. If I’m right that’s a shame.” Ed Mitchell

“Many fishing books promise authoritative coverage on a variety of techniques or locations, but this book…delivers the detail.” Michael Koehn, Los Angeles Times.

This book was taken out of print by the publisher, Stackpole Books, in 2011, so is now a collector's edition. Used copies are for sale on Amazon and other vendors, but the price for used copies keeps going up, so don't delay.

Book Description from the publisher: Called the ghost of the flats, the silvery bonefish is the holy grail of flats fishing. Its speed in the water and chameleon-like color make it the ultimate challenge to catch, and because of its elusiveness, much of the joy of bonefishing is in searching for the fish. Finding bonefish from a skiff and while wading are thoroughly covered, as is catch-and-release. Details on the bonefish's environment and its food provide the essential background, and you'll learn what tackle and flies to take and how to cast efficiently on the flats.

What others are saying: “Far and away, Fly-Fishing for Bonefish is the finest single-species book that has come across my desk to date.” Mark Rumph, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters magazine.

“This book is a thorough how-to on fly fishing for bonefish and other flats species…(and) is valuable reading for all beginner to expert fly fishers who have a craving for these adventures.” John Randolph, Fly Fisherman magazine.

"If you’re a novice bonefisher, buy this book before you read anything else. If you’re a hard-bitten wrangler of bonefish around over the world, you’ll be pleased and enlightened. As Sandy Moret says in the introduction to the book, “What we always seemed to agree on is that there are no tricks, no gimmicks, and no instant-pudding mixes for catching bonefish.” Chico Fernández has come closer than many will come for a long time." Marshall Cutchin, Midcurrent.com.