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Fly Fishing the Texas Coast: Backcountry Flats to Bluewater (The Pruett Series) Paperback – August 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Series: The Pruett Series
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WestWinds Press; 4th Edition edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871088886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871088888
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,433,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


I've read lots of guides in my life and I believe this is the best ever. Not only are the maps, where to, when to, how to and with what parts excellent but the anecdotal inclusions put it over the top. -- R. Peter Van Gytenbeek, publisher/editor-in-chief, Fly Fishing in Saltwaters magazine

reading [Fly Fishing the Texas Coast] may result in a fly-fishing itch you can't resist scratching. It's a well-organized and easy-to-read book that suggests where to go, how to get there, when to fish a wide range of areas, what depth and bottom you'll be wading and what fish you should expect to catch. It provides information on tide- sensitive areas and, if you're interested, it tells you what kind of fly fishing equipment is best for a particular area. -- photographer David Sikes, Corpus Christi Caller-Times, October 7, 1999

From the Author

Preface: Redfish Lodge on Copano Bay Rockport, Texas October 1998

With this book, we invite readers on a Texas coastal fly-fishing adventure. Travel with us from the bayou country near the Louisiana border to the mangrove-lined estuaries and grass flats of the Lower Laguna Madre near the Mexican border. From the experiences of veteran flyfishers, guides, and outfitters, we have selected the best ways to fly fish the surf along the longest barrier island in the world, and together we will try them out: We will wade the warm waters of the Laguna Madre, along the shoreline of the storied King Ranch, and cast our lines in Baffin Bay, Texas's big trout haven. We will seek adventure, too, around the arroyos and estuaries near the Rio Grande, where flyfishers are challenged to land snook, speckled trout, redfish, and tarpon--the Texas angler's grand slam.

Our goal is to help anglers have a memorable experience in fly fishing the Texas coast. We have made an effort to provide the practical information in a format that is accessible to all fly fishers--beginners and veterans alike--who are eager to string up their rods and begin fishing. We address the technical requirements of saltwater fly fishing within each chapter and make suggestions on suitable tackle and techniques in the context of each destination and fishing situation.

Although the three of us are committed saltwater flyfishers with decades of experience fishing Texas's coastal waters, we cannot claim to know every flat, backcountry lake, channel, beachfront, jetty rock, or blue water platform where fish will take a well- presented fly. We are constantly discovering new fly-fishing opportunities every time we leave a launch ramp or travel along the coast. Therefore, we have called on and received the gracious assistance of some of Texas's most experienced flyfishers, including veteran guides, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) world record holders, outfitters, bluewater captains, shrimp boat operators, marine weather forecasters, fisheries, biologists, fly shop proprietors, and longtime anglers.

Like most Texas anglers, we started out fishing from piers and wharfs with cane poles and dead bait. We've fished with live shrimp under popping corks, thrown surf rods, used spinning tackle, and pitched Mirr-O-Lures and gold spoons. Along the way, with the development and refinement of specialized fly lines, composite graphite rods, and high- capacity, disc-drag saltwater reels, we discovered coastal fly fishing and rediscovered fishing. We found that it was a natural for our saltwater flats as well as our freshwater lakes and ponds. In the process, we learned how effective the fly rod can be and how this form of angling is so naturally suited to our magnificent coastal environment. For us, fly fishing has brought new levels of adventure to saltwater angling and helped us rediscover our shorts. We hope this guide helps others to discover the adventure of flyfishing the Texas coast. David J. Sams, Chuck Scates, Phil H. Shook

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
(Finally!)This is a useful and well researched book on the Texas coast, with much to offer the fly fisher. It describes in exceptional detail the type of information needed by anyone, from rank tyro to old pro, who hopes to have a successful trip to one of the myriad fishing spots along our beautiful Texas coast. Armed with this book, the average fly fisherman can pick a location, follow Phil's advice on flies, tides, and quarry, and look forward to a grand adventure in the salt. Heed his words on safety, conservation, and ethics and I can guarantee that you are going to have a ball. My personal favorite area from the book; Port Aransas and its' surrounding waters.
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This is a very helpful book for someone seeking to learn fly fishing on out coast. It would be be helpful though, if the author would update some of the information as many things have changed in the last 15-20 years since it was published.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lowell on June 4, 2012
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Original price was $18.95, back cover. Used price was $4.75 inside front cover.
What price did I pay? It makes it a little hard to swallow paying more as I did.
After reading the book only 4 pages were of interest to me. In the future I'll probably look locally before ordering used material.
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