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Fly Fishing in Salt Water

Kreh, Lefty

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ISBN 10: 0941130665 / ISBN 13: 9780941130660
Published by Lyons & Burford, New York, 1986
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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xiii, 242 pp. Book: Inscribed on the half title page. Dustjacket: Price clipped. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 240092

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Title: Fly Fishing in Salt Water

Publisher: Lyons & Burford, New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed By Author

Edition: Revised Edition, Later Printing

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A complete book for those who want to tackle tarpon, bonefish, and other saltwater game on fly gear. From gearing up to techniques for catching individual species, this book has all the necessary information. "The best book on the subject". -- New York Times


For the subspecies of saltwater angler who insists on doing his fishing with flies, Kreh is the guru and this is the holy book. Now in its third revised edition, Fly Fishing in Salt Water first surfaced in the late '60s when the idea of fishing the seas with a fly for bluefish, stripers, bonito, and bigger game like tarpon and tuna was not only novel, it was sneered at. Fly-fishing in saltwater is still a relatively new frontier, but time has proven Kreh a visionary and the virtual father of the sport, and this how-to remains an essential part of a saltwater fly-angler's tackle.

Why fish salt water with a fly? Because, says Kreh, it combines the best physical and cerebral aspects of fishing and hunting, with the added complication that "no stocked fish roam the seas." Unlike trout fishing ("Trout fishing writers have always tended to complicate a rather simple sport," carps Kreh), where the angler must understand from the start that trout in a pool are relatively stationary creatures that exist only on the food available in that pool, saltwater species are fish in transit, constantly on the move, often in schools, and they gulp down anything they run into. Kreh's bible begins by engraving that difference in stone. Then it patiently introduces you to the sport's basics step by step: the necessary tackle and how to care for it; technique; fly patterns; fish behavior; the long cast; understanding tides and where fish are likely located; and specifics of deepwater fishing, inshore fishing, and fishing at sea from boats.

"The sea has always been a fascination to me, and the creatures in it offer the greatest challenge a fly rodder will ever know," writes Kreh. His unparalleled infectious enthusiasm--just look at the cover photo of the author: a happy man if ever there was one--and expertise make that challenge as reachable as it is alluring. --Jeff Silverman

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