I was at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show and I saw a book I had heard about a few times, but had not seen close up… Fly Fisherman’s Guide to Saltwater Prey by the Grand Poobah of bonefish knowledge, Aaron Adams.
Hot Damn. What a book.
Want to see what a “Depressed Mud Crab” looks like (no, I’m not making that up and I don’t know why he’s so down in the dumps)? There are two pictures and comments like this…
This species is the most abundant on intertidal and shallow sub-tidal oyster bars of the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern U.S. Atlantic coast.
See… good to know.
Not only does the book have just about every bit of bonefish (or, for that matter, tarpon, permit, snook, etc.) food possible, but it also has flies tied by some of the greats that mimic those food sources. Fly tiers like Dr. Adams, the late Jack Gartside, Marshall Cutchin, Tony Petrella and Oscar Feliu do a damn good job of tying up the flies and giving tips.
Just simply a fantastic book with the information you need to show up wherever your next trip takes you with a fly box or two full of the right flies.