Veteran saltwater angler and Keys resident Bill Horn shares his years of experience pursuing tarpon, permit, and bonefish and captures the magic and mystery of flats fishing around the world. Not only are biology, behavior, and tactics for the fish covered, but Horn also discusses famous destinations and profiles legendary guides. Guide interviews, fly pattern recommendations, and the latest research round out the instructional information.
Bill Horn is a mostly retired natural resources/wildlife law attorney whose career focused on natural resource management and law as well as fish and wildlife conservation. As Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks in the Regan Administration, he played an active role in the early stages of the Everglades restoration program and elevated fishery programs within FWS.
As a private attorney, his clients included the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, and Trout Unlimited, among others. Horn has long been active in private sector conservation. He has served on the board of directors for the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust and Trout Unlimited.
He has chased bonefish, tarpon, and permit for over forty years in the Keys, Bahamas, Hawaii, and Mexico. His articles have appeared in American Angler, Florida Sportsman, the Angling Report, the BTT Journal, Fly Rod & Reel, and the Pointing Dog Journal. His first book, Seasons on the Flats, was published by Headwater Books/Stackpole in 2012. Horn lives in the Florida Keys (Marathon) and Teton Valley, Idaho.
Bill Horn has a style of writing that is so informative, it puts you on the bow of the boat and you can almost feel every movement of the fish. He paints the picture of the area and the happening very much like Ernest Hemingway did. On the Bow is almost an instant way to be transported from your armchair to the thrills and excitement of being there fishing. You will not only learn a lot about the important rudiments of great angling, you will feel as though you have been doing it throughout the length of this whole fantastic book.
Bill Horn steps to the fore with On the Bow, sharing insights and entertaining stories about a flats fishery that first captured his imagination as a child. Spooled onto these pages is remarkable collection of information about the prized flats species, those who chase them, and the remarkable, yet fragile, habitats that form a backdrop for the stunning fishery—all well-salted with tips, reflections by fishing guides, and an unwavering conservation ethic.
Whether you’re new at the game or a grizzled expert, this work contains all the stuff you’ll need to know when you take your turn on the bow. The good stuff! Of particular interest are in-depth interviews with experienced flats guides from some of the great saltwater destinations across the globe. For me, On the Bow is a must have addition to my fly fishing library.