Individual taste in books varies as much as the favorite rod
or fly. With that in mind, we hope to review books and
videos from the ever-growing fly fishing world, and share
them with you. Books will be the best of all worlds, new
and old. Many of the old books are now available in reprint,
and the wisdom contained is timely today. Others can be
found in second-hand book stores, or by mail order dealers.
As we find videos we feel are outstanding they will be included.
Be assured, reviews are based on what we have actually read,
and due to that fact, may not appear weekly.
December 22nd, 1997
Fly-Fishing The Gulf Coast
©1996 by Tom Broderidge
Published by Woodland Productions
Maybe I've missed something, but
many of the current books are so very selective. They
have too much technical information on one tiny segment
of fly fishing, and not enough practical application. A
publisher told me recently that his company was only
publishing books on really specific areas of fly fishing.
Maybe they sell more books that way, but hurrah for a
book that I can really use.
Fly-Fishing the Gulf Coast
gets a Hurrah! This is not a repeat of the most in-depth
books covering every saltwater fly. It does give you all
the basic recommended flies for fishing the Gulf, along
with how and where. There are step by step fly-tying
instructions (see this
weeks Fly of the Week as an example)
along with setting up your tying bench for salt water flies.
As a Northwest salmon fisher, there
are some hints for designing saltwater flies that will get tried
Beginners and experienced anglers
will find lots of information to improve their fly-fishing
skills. Everything from how to find the most productive
spots, understanding and evaluating tide cycles to
choosing the right rod, reel, line and leader.
For boat owners, author Tom
Broderidge shows you how to set your boat up for
the best fly-fishing. And even explains anchor
placement to give the fly angler every advantage.
The tying instructions are
simple and well illustrated, as are the knot diagrams.
If you live on the Gulf Coast,
or are planning a vacation there, pick up Fly-Fishing
the Gulf Coast. (By the way, the photos of fly-caught
fish don't hurt either.) Soft cover, $14.95. ~ DB
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