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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592280781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592280780
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

When Lefty Kreh published the first edition of Fly Fishing in Salt Water over thirty years ago, its practical advice and invaluable insights instantly made it the definitive reference for the new and exciting sport of saltwater sport fishing. With over 40,000 copies in print, Lefty's updated and indispensable classic is now available in paperback for the first time.
In clear, practical terms and helpful photographs and line drawings, Fly Fishing in Salt Water treats the techniques needed to catch all the major saltwater species - bonefish, tarpon, striped bass, bluefish, salmon, permit, snook, sharks, cobia, tuna, billfish and more. This book shows how to fish from boats and how to wade the flats, and fully explains all the tackle needed and how to use it for specific jobs - the rods, the lines, and leaders, and the flies.
Lefty provides superb advice about how to make the long casts necessary for fishing the fly in salt water, how to "tease" sailfish and other large fish to within fly-casting range, how to chum, and how to tie the necessary knots for saltwater fishing.
Fly Fishing in Salt Water is based on firsthand experience by an acknowledged master. It is the saltwater fly fisher's bible.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ferrero Patrice on May 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I really discovered salt water fly fishing with this book,even if I had notions about it before.Lefty has the knowledges to make you learn the how to of that phantastic kind of fishing,from how to cast longer or tye a fly to how to approach a blue water fish with your boat.Plus the enthusiasm always relating us many and many stories and anecdotes of fishing around the world.And all the techniques and tricks he explains in his book also work very well for fly fishing in Europe,as I tried it.I highly encourage you discovering this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am a beginner in the sport of saltwater fly fishing. Lefty covers all the bases with the book. He explains choices of equipment. I was ready to hit the water after finishing this book in a few days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leaver on December 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
What Lefty Kreh did with saltwater fly fishing was nothing short of revolutionary. It's easy enough to walk to the nearest store and buy saltwater gear and flies now, but Lefty helped pioneer the genre and many of the flies we now enjoy - including the Lefty's Deceiver. Lefty writes the way he speaks in public; generous, affable and full of infectious energy. No serious angler's library is complete without this book.

I first read this book in college in South Florida in the early 90s. Unable to afford bait, I took an old fiberglass fly rod out and following this book's advice, caught snook, reds, trout and even juvenile tarpon and hammerheads.

If you like this book, (and you will) you should also pick up Lefty's DVDs on tying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Grover VINE VOICE on November 2, 2009
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I believe there is no other book available that covers the sport of saltwater fly fishing as well as this one. The book runs the gamut for novice and even expert salt water fly fisherman. Lefty explains the importance of the cast, and why you should practice until you can consistently cast for both distance and accuracy. He explains how the tides are an important part of successful fly fishing, and how you can take advantage of them. Tackle, flies, angling techniques, and various knots and leaders are all carefully and clearly covered. This book belongs on the book shelf of anyone who loves saltwater fly fishing, or wants to learn it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garry Higgins on April 7, 2013
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There is simply no one else in the world like Lefty Kreh for saltwater fly-fishing instruction. Throw the rest of the books away or donate them to your fishing club, because you are holding (or about to buy) the one and only book you will ever need again for life. Forget about buying books on knots, Lefty will teach you that there are only FIVE knots you'll need to know for saltwater fly-fishing and he will demonstrate them very carefully in diagrams that anyone one can understand. Those little secrets that only an expensive "pole-flats fishing guide" will let slip every once in an entire trip if you tip him enough - Lefty just pours them out on every single page. He was a pole guide in the Keys and in Costa Rica, so the "man has the plan" for every eventuality. Any situation one encounters from beaches, rocky shores, jetties, open ocean boat fishing, flats, and all of the safety measures you need to follow to protect yourself and those around you. He has formulas to cover handmade leaders which are certain not break due to built in shock leaders of 50lb mono for over half the leader. How to coat the rod ends with a candle before joining the ferrules so they don't stick. The book is full of thousands of "oh hey, by the way..." pointers. BUY THIS BOOK. It is the only one you'll ever need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.H. on May 22, 2014
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Living in Key West, I now do quite a bit of wading and fly fishing the surf and flats. After reading his book on 'longer casting' and this book, I have become more successful than I thought possible, and I am having more funa as well.
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