Friday, May 18, 2007

Review: Redfish On The Fly - Capt. John Kumiski

"Redfish On The Fly" by Capt. John Kumiski found its way into my briefcase before a recent business trip. Before that trip was completed I had devoured its 287 pages and was already plotting a strategy to try to convince my wife that we would soon need to vacation somewhere in Florida known charmingly as "Mosquito Lagoon."

When the subtitle of a fishing book reads, "A Comprehensive Guide," I tend to view it with a healthy dose of skepticism. Often these compendiums are out of date and out of touch with the everyday angler's needs. Saying that "Redfish On The Fly" makes good on its promise of being comprehensive would be an understatement. After reading it I felt that I had gained an excellent head start on my trek to catching a bull red on the fly.

The book is broken down into four basic sections ranging from understanding the fish, a full featured How To section, flies to use, and destinations. Captain Kumiski takes the time to tell us what to do and more importantly, what not to do in order to become a successful fly angler for these "copper coated crab crunchers." His advice on tackle and tactics is both clear and concise and will save the new redfish angler hours of getting up to speed on the water.

The destination section of the book covers the full range of the fish from North Carolina to Texas. A great feature of the book is that each location is described through an interview with a fishing guide local to the waters being discussed.

"Redfish On The Fly" is an excellent reference for anyone considering trying for redfish using the long rod. It is entertaining and full of information that will make you a better saltwater fly fisher no matter what species you stalk. It is available from Argonaut Publishing via Captain Kumiski's website for $27.95. ISBN 978-0-9635118-6-7

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