The first impression you get when you begin reading Aaron’s book is that above all else he’s an accomplished and all-in, dedicated fly angler who has seriously fished every location he talks about in the book. And that’s a lot of coastal fisheries (West Indies, Bahamas, Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico’s coasts all the way to subtropical Atlantic). He shares his observations of fly fishing for coastal gamefish with the expertise of a Ph.D trained marine biologist who can uncharacteristically write coherently to an audience of non Ph.D anglers.
He leaves nothing out; covering everything that lives on, swims in and finds preys on the sea bottoms. From types of sea grasses, oyster bars, types of salt marshes, mangrove lagoons, open to the sea mangroves, back country mangroves, beaches and more.
Each chapter covers the subject matter in detail and one cannot come away from any chapter saying anything less than, s$%#, I didn’t know that or at least much of it. The book is a reminder that there’s a lot going on in coastal fisheries, daily, seasonally and that everything is effected by the moon phases, wind direction, tides, water temperature and more.
We’ve fished all over the world with 75% of our trips covering coastal fisheries and we’ve been guided by some of the best guides that know the heartbeat of their turf, but the takeaway from Aaron’s book is that you’re going to be on your own at some point, trying new waters, different locations and it’s great to know what to look for and that paying close attention is rewarding. Aaron even talks flies and there’s some rewarding patterns to throw in your fly box.
If you’re like us, you need another fly fishing book like a hole in the head, but this one will never get dust on it in our libraries of fishing books, or yours.
Mine’s in the truck or in the boat (Skip)
We highly recommend joining the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. You’ll be rewarded with great insights into fly fishing for bones, poons and permit as as well as how to help protect habitat and how to be a good steward.
Aaron’s got a blog filled with useful insider information – Fishermanscoast.com/
Aaron Adams info and bio:
Senior Scientist and Program Manager, Fisheries Habitat Ecology Program, Center for Fisheries Enhancement, Mote Marine Laboratory, Charlotte Harbor Field Station. 2002 – present.
Director of Operations, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (previously Bonefish & Tarpon
Unlimited): 2006 – present.
Courtesy Faculty, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida. 2008 – present.
Affiliate Member, Coastal Watershed Institute, Florida Gulf Coast University.
Adjunct Graduate Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences, Florida Gulf Coast University.
Selected Peer-reviewed Publications (30 total)
Aaron’s books are available at your local fly shop or online at the usual biggies (Amazon and B & N)