I have read several of Dr. Adams's books like this one we reviewed by clicking Here on various fly patterns and I first started with "Fisherman's Coast" and picked it up around 2007 if I am not mistaken.
I still feel it is one of the best guides to Flats Fishing to be found! As a Marine Biologist as well as a fisherman himself, Dr. Adams does an excellent job translating Marine science into the art of Flats Fishing!
Well, that version is now out of print, but you can sometimes find it used, and if you want the original, you can click here and see if one is still floating around.
But don't fret! It was introduced (again) with even more chapters and artwork and is now titled the Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing for Coastal Gamefish.
Now, don't be fooled by the title; everybody who fishes the Flats (not just the bug slingers) will get a lot from this primer! You will learn the predator-prey relationship for various ecosystems and seasons to better rule out unproductive water. And you can secure your copy and have it delivered right to your door by clicking Here
The good Doctor, years ago, posted up some videos that (still) have much value today, which will help you compare water ripe for Bonefish (as well as other species) even quicker, like this one below.
And don't just take my word for it, years ago a friend posted about these same books...
"It's been a long time since I have picked up a book and couldn't put it down. I have been fishing here in The Flats etc. for most of a half century and thought I had a pretty good idea of what sea grass, mangroves, oyster bars, and what have you were until I started reading Fisherman's Coast by Dr. Adams... Thanks to a generous friend (Dave) I have two books by Dr. Adams now. I also have a Fly Fisherman's guide to saltwater prey. I have read lots of information on the Net and found a lot of good information, but these books are so in-depth and informative. If you ever fish The Flats, then these books will boost your knowledge and confidence! I always knew bait colors and sizes in certain seasons were important, but never really understood the reason in the depth that I do now. That's just one of the many subjects covered. Sorry if I sounded a little over the top, but I just wanted you to know if you are a Flats Fisherman, these are great books... James"
So, pick yourself up a copy of this one (or both if you also tie flies) and learn how to dissect a Flat and what to pitch for maximum use of your time. Next to spending time with a Guide (even they can learn things from this one), they are a great resource! You usually only spend a day or so with them, and not during all seasons, and how the targeted forage species change depending on tides, water temperature, etc. Like this book can help you 😉
In the meantime,
We invite you to take in a few Flats Nation Podcast Episodes to help "Scratch that Fishing Itch" when working or traveling and you cannot hitch up the Skiff and go, on these links:
Our main podcast page works great for your mobile device since it will stream right on your phone/tablet. It can be found by clicking Here
Our new Flats Nation YouTube Channel can be found by clicking Here and sharing them with family and friends if you find them Entertaining and Educational! We have some great guests in the works and planning stages on a wide range of topics and product coverage soon.
Tight Lines, and God Bless!
Dave and the Team