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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (July 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081170095X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811700955
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chico Fernández is the author of Fly-Fishing for Bonefish and a regular contributor to the saltwater magazines, including Saltwater Fly Fishing and Florida Sportsman. He has been fishing for redfish since 1952. He lives in Miami.

Dr. Aaron J. Adams is manager of the Habitat Ecology Program in the Center for Fisheries Enhancement at Mote Marine Laboratory, and is director of operations and research for Bonefish & Tarpon Unlimited.

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Very informative and very well written.
Robert Paterson
I'd just skip to what I needed to know and it was great.
Frank Sansalone
A must read for the novice and experienced fisherman.
D. B. Grisham

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Robert Miller on December 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the best nonfiction fishing books I've ever read. I'd recommend it to any flyfisher, even those who've never seen a bonefish. Chico Fernandez has an incredible amount of experience and knowledge about bonefish and flyfishing generally, and his writing is clear, interesting, and sometimes hilarious. He is careful to explain why he thinks a certain way about an issue, includes many examples, and isn't afraid to express uncertainty. All these are refreshing qualities in a genre dominated by those who typically issue piles of dogma, seemingly believing themselves to have risen above other ordinary fishing nuts, to the status of gods or celebrities. Chico reminds us it's just fishing, but damn, it's an unbelievably interesting and fun way to spend time.

The beginning section on bonefish biology, by Dr. Aaron Adams, strengthens the book immensely, giving it the depth of scientific authority. Don't skip this section - it provides much interesting information that will come back to you as you read the rest of the book. It's presented with the same clarity and authority Dr. Adams exhibited in his own book, A Fisherman's Coast.

Word of warning - if you don't want to feel that you must be on the flats now, barefoot, looking for tailing bonefish, don't read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Belize Fisherman on July 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book while planning an extended trip to Belize. While the book is somewhat Florida Centered, I found it extremely useful. The chapters on biology and fish behavior gave one an insight that how complex the "hunt" for the bonefish can be. In reading the book, I found many useful insights while still keeping me grounded in the fact that pursuit of flats fish is hard work. There is only so much that can be said about reels, lines and rods, but the references to how a slightly larger or smaller kit might work are useful. Overall I think that there is something for everyone in the book, and for those that already know it all, a nice book for the lodge....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. SAKAMOTO on April 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Chico's expertise and experience is evident, yet he disseminates his knowledge with humor and without the heavy ego that can creep in when writing as an authority. The text is extremely thorough and technical enough, but without getting boring. The photographs are great, some stunning, and the illustrations informative. Even his section on choosing a rod - usually the driest section of any fly book - was an amusing insightful read.
Truly one of the best "how to" books on any subject I've read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Kuhre on May 21, 2008
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Very comprehensive and complete text. The whole phase of the hunt for bones is covered in depth. The knowledge on the bonefishes habitat and behavior provided by Dr. Adams is full of information that keeps you thinking while on the flats. A must have text that reads easily cover to cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William F. Swoyer on November 23, 2007
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All a bonefisherman needs to know about bonefish. Fernandez's life long accumulation of knowledge of the Ghost of the Flats in a very pleasant, easy reading, informative package!!!!
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I bought this book 3 months before heading to grand cayman for family vacation and fishing . The book was an asset. I fished a whole week and landed 3 fish with help of knowledge from the book. At the end of my trip I booked a guide and really saw how much the book helped me.
Ive flyfished all my life for most species but fishing for bones is another world of fishing and you don't just get lucky. The book is almost necessary for a person to understand and catch fish. It must be hard to write a book for it cause there is a lot of things to cover. Only negative thing I can say is I think the book was to thorough is some areas and he lost me. I'd just skip to what I needed to know and it was great. He did a great job though and I know I wouldn't have even fished the right spots if it wasn't for the book. I might not have even landed a bonefish on the whole trip
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. B. Grisham on May 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Chico Fernandez is a wealth of information about bonefish. A must read for the novice and experienced fisherman.
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By Fitness Guy on January 30, 2010
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This is one of the most comprehensive, readable, and entertaining books I have read. For those who are bonefishermen, or who are just thinking about giving it a try, this book will enlighten you and simplify your approach to the sport. You will benefit from a lifetime of experience that Chico Fernandez shares with the reader. He does away with some myths, like the length of bonefish runs, and lightens your load when you pack for a trip. The photos and illustrations are superb and make you want to be on the flats. This book is invaluable and a must-read for new and experienced bonefishers.
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