This edition of Bonefish Fly Patterns is the most comprehensive collection of bonefish flies ever published, displaying fly designs from such world-class flats anglers and guides as Winston Moore, Jim Orthwein (four-time bonefish world record holder), Steve Huff, Harry Spear, Rick Ruoff, Del Brown, John Goddard, Barry and Cathy Beck, Lou Tabory, Tim Borski, Bob Clouser, Lefty Kreh, Tom McGuane, Yvon Chouinard, Craig Mathews, Vic Gaspeny, Dave Skok, Eric Peterson, Patrick Dorsey, Aaron Adams, and many, many more.
The book includes 197 full-color photographs—one for each featured pattern, some published here for the first time. Each fly profile is listed with its creator's authentic recipe and tying tips. Also included are tying sequences for important patterns, a discussion of design trends, a materials glossary, and a list of sources for materials, custom flies, and off-the-shelf patterns. Dick Brown does not forget to describe fly selection for various destinations, habitats, and conditions, and to advise anglers on how to present flies and what prey they portray.
Dick Brown began chasing bonefish with a fly rod on his first trip to the Bahamas in the late 1970s. Two decades later—after stalking his favorite quarry on saltwater flats around the world—he wrote Fly Fishing for Bonefish, published by Nick Lyons in 1992. The book was immediately dubbed as the bible on all things bonefish and hailed by reviewers and angling experts alike for its encyclopedic coverage of this great game fish. A new, all-color, fully revised edition was later released, complete with the latest prey and behavior research, angling techniques, fly patterns, flats destinations, and equipment.
His second book, Bonefish Fly Patterns, features detailed profiles, pattern recipes, and color photos of the best 197 bonefish flies ever created. The first edition of this pattern book became something of a flats fishing and fly-tying cult classic for its comprehensive profiles that showed not only how to tie each fly but how and where to fish them. And the second edition includes 47 more flats flies! The book’s colorful array of fly contributors—which includes some of the world's most experienced flats guides, anglers, and bonefish world record holders—makes it worth reading for their insightful anecdotes alone. These include anglers, guides, and tiers such as Adams, Baine, Bevans, Borski, Boyle, Brewster, Chocklett, Clouser, Cowen, Dorsy, Ebanks, Gaspeny, Glinton, Hall, Haselau, Lambot, Peterson, Simonsen, Skok, Tomchin, Trodella, and Roselione-Valadez.
Today, Dick writes for many fishing, fly-fishing, and outdoor magazines, and he gives slideshows, tying demonstrations, and how-to clinics at fly-fishing exhibitions, fishing clubs, and fly-fishing retailer events.
“With the publication of the new edition of Bonefish Fly Patterns, I feel honored to have been a small part in an unprecedented effort that is as important and pertinent now, as the day it was first published.”—Tim Borski, innovative artist, angler, and flats fly designer
“Brown's new book is a modern, clearly written treasure of fly construction, selection, and usage. I intend to devour it as avidly as I'd want a double digit bonefish to devour my fly.”—Vic Gaspeny, veteran Florida Keys flats guide and IGFA fly-rod bonefish record holder (14lb 6oz bonefish)
“The first edition of Bonefish Fly Patterns has always sat within arm's reach of my vise and I thought it always would. But with over 45 new patterns, the revised edition is sure to take the original's spot as the definitive guide to bonefish bugs.”—Dave Skok, professional fly tier, author, photographer, and IGFA world record holder
“The new Bonefish Fly Patterns: 2nd Edition book by Dick Brown is as much for any and all bonefish anglers as it is for fly tiers. Beside great flies, from great tiers, there is a wealth of information about bonefish and their feeding preferences and habits. The Location Notes, Fishing Notes, Prey Notes and Anecdotes are a book unto themselves.”—Brian O'Keefe, veteran flats angler, angling photographer, and founder of Catch Magazine
“Bonefish Fly Patterns: 2nd Edition by Dick Brown is the go-to book for bonefish fly patterns—it contains all the patterns tied by their originators. Their insights and techniques will make you a better and more successful bonefish fly tyer and fisherman.”—Bob Veverka, author of Innovative Saltwater Flies, and one of the top saltwater fly designers, tiers, and anglers on the planet