Do It Yourself Bonefishing is the authoritative guide written for DIY anglers targeting bonefish on the fly. Divided into easy-to-reference sections, this book will help you tackle the why, where, and how of self-guided bonefishing. Informed by twenty years of experience on the flats, Rod Hamilton and Kirk Deeter describe the allure of matching wits with one of fly fishing’s most elusive targets and discuss the reasons why more and more fly fishermen are seeking the challenge of catching bonefish without the aid of a guide. Do It Yourself Bonefishing is packed with useful tips to help all levels of fly fishermen locate and catch more of one of the world’s premier gamefish. Learn stalking strategies, how to spot bonefish, appropriate fly selection, and where to find the fish.
As you plan your bonefishing trip, the authors’ destination chapters and “Seven-Day Sample Trip” itineraries suggest where to fish, how to get there, and places to stay. Included is a list of more than 300 individual bonefish hotspots located throughout the tropics, complete with maps and tips specific to the flat or creek system. Within the “Spousal Rating” section are Hamilton’s opinions on how suitable the destination is for nonfishers; the “Nonfishing Activities” section highlights things to do when not fishing. Whether you need help deciding where to go or simply desire greater success while wading on your own, Do It Yourself Bonefishing is where you should start.
Rod Hamilton has been an avid fly fisher for more than forty years—chasing salmon, trout and steelhead from his home base in British Columbia, Canada during the summer, and flats species in the tropics during the winter. Through his website diyflatsfishing.com and blog, diybonefishing.com, he shares his passion for catching bonefish and permit on the fly with like-minded fly fishermen from around the world. In addition to the book and his online outlets he writes for a variety of magazines and is currently working on a DIY bonefishing video and his next book on tropical fly fishing. He lives in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada
Kirk Deeter is the editor for TROUT magazine, Angling Trade, and an editor-at-large for Field & Stream magazine. He is the author of five books, including The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing, which he coauthored with the late Denver Post outdoors editor, Charlie Meyers, and The Orvis GuidetoFly Fishing for Carp. He lives near Denver, CO.