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Welcome to Saltwaterflies.com's Bookshop! On this page we proudly feature a variety of fine titles to inform, instruct, and entertain you. The titles shown below are our "staff picks" - books and DVDs that can help you improve your angling skills, and bring you greater enjoyment both on and off the water. We offer books on fly tying, knot tying, and both general and specific titles about a variety of fish species and angling techniques. Wherever possible, we have included a jacket photo of the current edition, as well as a list of contents, and sometimes a short review.
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Saltwater Fly Fishing Books:

Bonefish Fly Patterns - Dick Brown
Casting With Lefty Kreh - Lefty Kreh & Jay Nichols
False Albacore - Tom Gilmore
Fishing Knots (W/instructional DVD) - Lefty Kreh
Fly Fishing For Bonefish - Dick Brown
New! - Autographed editions of Bob Clouser's new book: Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass - Don't miss it!
High Rollers - Fly Fishing for Giant Tarpon - Bill Bishop
Pop Fleyes - Ed Jaworowski and Bob Popovics
Sight Fishing for Striped Bass - Alan Caolo
The Big One - David Kinney
Tube Flies - Mark Mandell & Les Johnson

Saltwater Fly Fishing DVDs:

DVD - Borski Ties Flies - Tim Borski
DVD - Bob Clouser & Lefty Kreh - 50 Years Behind the Vise
DVD - Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser - Tying Flies that Catch Fish
DVD - Tarpon


Bonefish Fly Patterns

by Dick Brown

Tying, Selecting, and Fishing all the Best Bonefish Flies from Today's Best Tiers

Hardcover
Bonefish Fly Patterns (Dick Brown) $49.95 Add to Cart

Now Back In Print! We have been waiting for the book to come back in print for several years now, and it is finally here. Dick Brown is one of the sources that we always turn to when we're thinking about flies for bonefish. Dick Brown has spent a huge number of days on the water bonefishing, and the fact that he is willing to share what he has learned about bonefish and bonefish flies in an excellent book is a a testament to his fine character - Brown's books speak to his skills as an angler, and this newly revised and updated edition contains nearly 200 of the world's best bonefish flies.
- Chris Windram

Contents include:

1. Fly Characteristics: What makes a good bonefish fly good?
2. Profiles of 197 Flies: Recipies, tying notes, prey suggested, destinations fished, presentation advice
3. Selecting Bonefish Flies: For major locations and prey, and for different depths, light levels, and wind conditions
4. Tying Sequences: Mastering these step-by-step instructions will teach you to tie most bonefish flies
5. Design Alternatives and Trends: New directions in materials and designs
6. Fly Materials: A glossary of the essential bonefish fly-tying materials
7. Sources: Where to find flies, custom tiers, and materials



Casting With Lefty Kreh

by Lefty Kreh, photos by Jay Nichols

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Another brilliant offering from Stackpole Books is the 2008 publication of Casting With Lefty Kreh. The world's finest casting instructor, Lefty Kreh has authored many books on fly casting before, but never one like this! This comprehensive book features over 1200 color photographs fully illustrating the principles of fly casting. Sections include tutorials on specific casts including roll-casts, hauling, casting in windy conditions, dealing with weighted flies and lines, and so much more! From the basics of holding the rod properly, to the most advanced special situations and "trick" casts, this book covers it all in a way that has not been done before, and is sure to become the definitive edition for fly casters of all levels. A real bonus that we especially enjoyed was the section illustrating proper casting form to prevent shoulder injury. My own casting improved just by reading this book! - Chris Windram

Hardcover
Casting with Lefty Kreh $59.95 Add to Cart



False Albacore

by Tom Gilmore

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A Comprehensive Guide to Fly Fishing's Hottest Fish

False Albacore, albies, fat alberts, bonito. Whatever name you give 'em, they are one of the most exciting flyrod fish anywhere, and folks living on the East coast of North America are especially lucky to have fine fisheries for False Albacore...hot spots include Massachusetts & Rhode Island, New York & New Jersey, North Carolina, and Florida. Tom Gilmore has covered all the bases in this fine book, from flies and tackle, to finding the fish, to great info on the best locations. Those of us here at Saltwaterflies.com have a very special place in our hearts for these fish, and we thank Tom Gilmore for sharing the information in his excellent book with all of us. - Chris Windram (Anglers interested in seeing photos of False Albacore on this site should visit our 2000 Saltwater Fly Fishing Photos and 2003-2005 Saltwater Fly Fishing Photos pages!

Hardcover
False Albacore (Tom Gilmore) $35.00 Add to Cart


Contents include:

PART I:
1. Saltwater Fly Fishing
2. False Albacore, the Fish
3. Finding Fish
4. Tools of the Trade
5. Important East Coast Baitfish
6. Fly Patterns and Design
7. Delivering the Groceries: Fishing Tactics and Techniques
8. Battle Plans
9. Related Species

PART II:
10. Cape Cod and the Islands
11. Rhode Island's Breachways and Connecticut's Rips
12. The South Shore of Long Island and New Jersey's Jetty Country
13. North Carolina's Outer Banks
14. Florida's East Coast and the Keys


Fishing Knots (W/instructional DVD)

by Lefty Kreh


This is an excellent updated book on fishing knots and knot tying by the master of the subject - Lefty Kreh. Spiralbound edition lays flat for ease of use, and includes an instructional DVD that features demonstrations of the knots shown in the book - you can't beat that! With a focus on knots for fly fishing and light tackle, this book includes all the knots you'll need to rig by the strongest and most modern methods, including knots for use in the new high-tech braided lines. This book also shows how to rig the entire fly line system including braided loops. The finest guide yet in our opinion, demonstrating the best knots for fly and light tackle fishermen.

Hardcover (W/instructional DVD)
Fishing Knots (Lefty Kreh) $24.95 Add to Cart

Contents include:

1. Basic Knots
2. Connecting Lines
3. Knots
4. Lines and Leaders
5. Wire Knots
6. Finishing
7. Loops
8. Attaching Hooks, Swivels, and Flies

Fishing Knots (Lefty Kreh) $24.95 Add to Cart


Fly Fishing For Bonefish

by Dick Brown

Fly Fishing For Bonefish by Dick Brown

This is one of our favorite titles on bonefish...Dick Brown has written a very straightforward, practical, and entertaining book. With chapters on finding fish, choosing and presenting flies, destinations, and more. Dick Brown has spent thousands of hours pursuing the elusive Gray Ghost of the flats, and it shows. In this book he generously shares his vast knowlege of bonefish with us.
This is a newly revised 2008 edition with many updates on scores of new developments including: new bonefish research, new feeding behavior data, prey preferences discovered, newly created fly patterns, recent destination changes, better fish spotting techniques, info on new equipment available, and much, much more. Dick covers today’s most difficult flats challenges with advice on how to sight fish with cloud cover, cast in wind, know when to strike, see fish better, and wade more effectively. The equipment section is all new and the fly pattern sections were expanded to include today’s hottest flats flies. The book features color photographs throughout.
Praise for the first edition:
"A classic - Dick Brown tells virtually everything a fly fisher needs to know about the sport ... a superb book."
-John Randolph, Fly Fisherman Magazine
"It is hard to imagine a more thorough treatise."
-Salt Water Sportsman
"If you are into bonefishing, or thinking about it, I recommend reading both Brown and Kaufmann. If you have time or inclination for only one, then read Brown."
-Bob Berls, The Anglers Club of New York Bulletin

Hardcover
Fly Fishing for Bonefish (Dick Brown) $39.95
Add to Cart

Contents include:

1. Fly Fishing for Bonefish: The Ultimate Challenge in Angling
2. Understanding the Bonefish
3. What Bonefish Eat
4. Reading Bonefish Water
5. Finding and Seeing Bonefish
6. Selecting Bonefish Flies
7. Casting to Bonefish
8. Hooking, Playing and Releasing
9. Wading for Bonefish
10. Fly Fishing Equipment
11. Personal Gear, Clothing, and Other Tackle
12. Tying Bonefish Flies
13. Bonefishing Destinations
14. Advice From Some Veterans of the Flats

Hardcover
Price: $39.95 Add to Cart


Fly Fishing for Smallmouth (Bass)
in Rivers and Streams

by Bob Clouser

Fly Fishing for Smallmouth Bass by Bob Clouser

We realize that our catalog focuses on Saltwater Fly Fishing titles, but we selected this book for our catalog because it is simply one of the finest fly fishing books that we have seen in quite some time! This book is the long-awaited edition from Bob Clouser that anglers have been asking for for years. Developer of the famous Clouser Minnow, Bob Clouser is a master angler who has spent years perfecting angling techniques and guiding anglers on the prolific smallmouth fishery of the Susquhanna River, and this book is the culmination of those many years of experience. Packed with 226 pages of solid information, this book has been taken to the next level by the inclusion of literally hundreds of beautiful photographs and helpful illustrations (kudos to co-author Jay Nichols who helped put together Bob's first book for his excellent work on this one - it's even better than the first!). We especially loved the clear color photos of smallmouth prey (assorted shiners and other native minnows, crayfish, insect larvae, etc.) and of the fly patterns - they are some of the best we have seen anywhere. With contributions from other expert anglers including significant material submitted by Lefty Kreh, this book will help any angler to become a better smallmouth fisherman, but the best reason to own this book is for the sheer joy and entertainment value of this gorgeous edition - we guarantee you will enjoy this book.
Note: We have just a few autographed copies in stock - these won't last long, so order now - when they're gone, they're gone!

Hardcover - Autographed
Fly Fishing for Smallmouth (Bob Clouser with Jay Nichols) $39.95 Add to Cart

Contents include:

1. Smallmouth Bass
2. Seasons of Smallmouth
3. Finding Fish
4. What They Eat
5. My Fly Box
6. Casting Tips
7. Presentations
8. Ten Tips to Catch a Trophy
9. Equipment
10. Bass Waters

Hardcover - Autographed (limited number of autographed copies available)
Price: $39.95 Add to Cart


High Rollers - Fly Fishing for Giant Tarpon

by Bill Bishop

High Rollers by Bill Bishop

One of our favorite books on fly fishing for tarpon, this book features instructions for the most effective traditional and modern techniques for catching giant tarpon on the fly. Noted tarpon angler Sandy Moret says: "This book should go right to the top of the must-read list for both newcomer and veteran tarpon fly anglers. When a master of the sport like Bill (Bishop) shares his techniques with details and humor, I want to read it". We coudn't agree more. If you crave all the right information to tackle giant tarpon on the fly, then let us say that Headwater Books has produced a very handsome, enjoyable, and readable book here, with all the neccessary elements for success distilled into this excellent volume, and we whole-heartedly recommend it. - Chris Windram
Click the photo above to view a larger photo of the front cover - click Here to view the back cover photo.

Contents include:

Chapter 1. Battle!
Chapter 2. Biology and Behavior
Chapter 3. Leaders and Connections
Chapter 4. Flies
Chapter 5. Skiffs
Chapter 6. Running the Boat
Chapter 7. The Hunt
Chapter 8. Body Language
Chapter 9. Staying in the Game
Chapter 10. Casting
Chapter 11. Feeding Fish
Chapter 12. Hook-Sets
Chapter 13. Fighting Fish
Chapter 14. Safe Landings
Chapter 15. Reflections

Hardcover
High Rollers - Fly Fishing for Giant Tarpon (Bill Bishop) $29.95 Add to Cart


Pop Fleyes

by Ed Jaworowski and Bob Popovics

Pop Fleyes by Ed Jaworowski and Bob Popovics

Bob Popovics is one of the modern masters of saltwater fly design. In this spectacular book, Popovics and Ed Jaworowski bring us the secrets behind the designs of these incredibly deadly and lifelike fly designs. Not a book for beginning tiers, we nonetheless recommend this to all saltwater fly tiers for the inspiration that it provides. One of our all-time favorite books on saltwater fly designs.

Hardcover
Pop Fleyes (Ed Jaworowski and Bob Popovics) $39.95 Add to Cart

Contents include:

1. Designing Pop Fleyes
2. Materials and Tools
3. Epoxy Pop Fleyes
4. Silicone Pop Fleyes
5. Additional Pop Fleye Design

Hardcover
Price: $39.95 Add to Cart


Sight Fishing For Striped Bass

by Alan Caolo

Sight Fishing for Striped Bass by Alan Caolo

If you crave the thrill of sight fishing for striped bass, then Alan Caolo's book is just the ticket to hours of heart-pounding excitement. Alan probably spends more hours sight fishing for striped bass than any other angler we know about, and in this excellent book he lays out all of the tips and techniques needed to be successful at this exciting game. Chapters on spotting the fish, stalking fish by wading and by boat, fly patterns for sight fishing, a guide to striped bass prey, and so much more. Tons of full color photographs enhance this fine guide to some of the finest sport going!

Softcover
Sight Fishing For Striped Bass (Alan Caolo) $25.00 Add to Cart

Contents include:
1. Sight Fishing Waters
2. Striped Bass Behavior...
3. Naturals
4. Fly Patterns for Sight Fishing
5. Spotting the Fish
6. Presentation and Retrieve
7. Angling Strategies
8. Tackle and Equipment
9. Sight Fishing Destinations

Softcover
Price: $25.00 Add to Cart


The Big One

by David Kinney

An Island, An Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish

The Big One by David Kinney

"From a Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, a Wildly Entertaining Book about Big Fish, Small-Town Dreams, and Outrageous Obsession". David Kinney has written an instant classic about the culture of surf fishing on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Whether you have ever visited the island or not, you will enjoy reading about the intensity and depth of feeling that has developed surrounding this island's surf fishing and saltwater fly fishing culture, and "The Martha's Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby" - a yearly fishing tournament that raises the level of excitement about the fishing and the drive to catch "The Big One" to a fever pitch. We met David Kinney fishing on the jetties of Martha's Vineyard while he was writing this book, so we can attest to the fact that he knows plenty about the surf fishing culture firsthand. A most enjoyable book. Click Here to view the back cover.

Hardcover
The Big One (David Kinney) $24.00 Add to Cart


Tube Flies

by Mark Mandell & Les Johnson

A Tying, Fishing & Historical Guide

Tube Flies by Mark Mandell & Les Johnson

This is the book that salmon, steelhead, and saltwater fly tiers have been waiting for for years. Tube flies have been wildly successful for such diverse gamefish species as billfish, barracuda, northern pike, tuna, salmon, and steelhead. We have found simple tube flies very useful for species like Bonito and False Albacore. Mandell and Johnson offer step by step photos and instructions for the basic tying sequence, and then present a wide range of pattern variations useful for specific gamefish. If you are interested in tying tube flies already, or if you want to start, you need this book!

Softcover
Tube Flies (Mark Mandell & Les Johnson) $29.95 Add to Cart


Contents include:
Forwards by Lefty Kreh & Charles F. Waterman
1. Going Tubular
2. Materials,Tools,Rigging
3. Basic Tying Steps
4. Atlantic Salmon Tube Flies
5. Streamer Tube Flies
6. Tube Poppers and Sliders

Softcover
Price: $29.95 Add to Cart


DVD / VIDEOS



Borski Ties Flies

by Tim Borski

Series 1
Tarpon, Snook, Shark, and More...

Borski Ties Flies DVD

Tim Borski is one of our favorite fly designers. Borski quickly reduces fly patterns down to the just the necessary elements, and there is no doubt that his flies catch fish better than many more traditional patterns for tarpon, bonefish, redfish, and snook. This renegade tier will entertain and inform you in this excellent DVD which includes some on-the-water fishing scenes. Says Walker's Cay Chronicles' Flip Pallot: "Tim Borski is without question the most imaginative tyer of fish food on planet Earth." Don't miss it!

DVD
Borski Ties Flies (62 Minutes) $24.95 Add to Cart

Contents include:
Innovative saltwater fly tier Tim Borski reveals how to tie 5 of his "go to" backcountry patterns.
1. Green Zima
2. Laid-Up Tarpon
3. Haystack
4. Big Orange Shark
5. Chernobyl Tarpon Crab

Playtime 62 minutes
DVD Price: $24.95 Add to Cart


The Fly Tying Techniques of
Bob Clouser and Lefty Kreh -
50 Years Behind the Vise

Bob Clouser and Lefty Kreh

Two of the most important patterns ever developed for saltwater fly fishing are the Clouser Minnow and the Lefty's Deceiver - this DVD brings you the two gentlemen responsible for these legendary flies. Clouser and Kreh speak from a lifetime of saltwater fly fishing experience, and in this DVD bring you many of the techniques, tricks, and short cuts that they have gleaned over the years. Learn about choosing materials, handling tying tools, weighting flies, cutting and shaping, and more. This classic instructional is a full 90 minutes long, with specific sequences on tying the Lefty's Deceiver and the Clouser Minnow. Entertaining as well as informative, don't miss this unique opportunity to learn many of the "tricks of the trade", as well as a couple of classic flies and additional tying techniques from two of the finest fly designers ever!

DVD
50 Years Behind the Vise with Bob Clouser and Lefty Kreh

$29.95 Add to Cart


Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser
Tying Flies that Catch Fish

Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser - Tying Flies That Catch Fish

When asked which were their favorite flies, Bob Clouser and Lefty Kreh responded as follows: "The ones that catch fish!" Now these two fly fishing gurus bring us the most important patterns ever that catch fish for saltwater flyrodders - the Clouser Minnow and the Lefty's Deceiver. These two patterns have become the prototypes for a variety of effective patterns that are used for saltwater gamefish the world over. The focus in the DVD is clearly on saltwater, but these flies are just as effective for big-game freshwater species like Pike, Bass, Peacocks, and more. If you really want to know the "secrets" of tying critical patterns like the Deceiver and Clouser Minnow, then you will enjoy learning them from this excellent DVD. Click the photo shown above for a larger version of the DVD cover, or click here to view the back of the DVD cover.

DVD
Tying Flies That Catch Fish with Lefty Kreh and Bob Clouser

$29.99 Add to Cart




Tarpon

Tarpon - click for larger view

Tarpon is a long-awaited release on DVD...this film was shot during the heyday of Keys Tarpon fishing in the 1970's, but never officially released - it circulated on "bootleg" copies for years! Take a step back in time to days when the fish and the Keys themselves were wilder than they are now, and enjoy a view into a bygone era of angling in the Key West. Featuring "beat poets" and authors from the 1960's, including Richard Brautigan (of "Trout Fishing In America" fame), Jim Harrison, and Thomas McGuane. With original music written and performed by Jimmy Buffett...running time 53 minutes. Click the following link for the back cover photo.

DVD
Tarpon

$35.00 Add to Cart





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when you could get it at some online "mega-lo-mart"?

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