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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (July 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081170095X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811700955
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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You know how someone who's really good at what they do can sit you down, and in a few simple, perfectly phrased sentences, have you not only informed, but so excited, you can't wait to try for yourself? That's Chico Fernandez's book. Every word and sentence is laden with information, wisdom, and entertainment. As just one example, in the chapter on flies for bonefish, Chico is able to summarize the top 6 "go to" flies for bonefish, based on his extensive experience in every conceivable situation. Other books provide multipage catalogs of flies that might leave an angler wondering just where to start and how many dozen boxes he or she needs to haul onto the flats. Chico covers the major types of flies and then goes on to explain (succinctly) why he only uses a handful of patterns in various sizes, colors, and weights for the vast majority of his angling. In this regard, he reminds me a lot of master trophy trout angler Denny Rickards. Both these anglers have fished under some of the most challenging and some of the best conditions imaginable, and both have come to rely on only a half dozen impresisonistic patterns. On top of the discussions of equipment, techniques, biology, and location, there's a terrific chapter on the "other flats fish" such as permit, barracuda, grouper, jacks, snappers, and sharks. Chico is a guy who clearly enjoys catching fish. Any fish. And he even has a system to carry just 3 rods and be ready for any fish you might possibly encounter in a day on the flats. This book is so packed full of information, you'll be constantly referring back to it and learning something new each time. The photos are crystal clear, large, beautiful, and make up an important part of the overal experience of a book like this. They supplement, but also augment the text. If you are new to bonefishing (like me) or have been at it for a while, this book will definitely be something you'll want to add to your library and share with others.
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I have done a lot of bonefishing over the years subsequent to buying the original hardcover version of the book. Once the Kindle version came out, I bought it too for portability. There are some other excellent books on the subject, but you cannot do any better than this one if you are new to the sport and want to get on the flats with a running start. No bone fisherman's bookshelf is complete without this book. I just wish Chico would write another book on perhaps snook or redfish.
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An impressive double haul writing cast for Mr. Fernandez. This book is well done and definitely a worthwhile read for anyone interested in chasing the mighty bonefish with a flyrod. It covers the waterfront on bonefishing and does so completely and with some wonderful humor mixed in with many extremely helpful instructions and observations.
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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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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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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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