Books, Photos, Movies, DVDs & Art A Passion for Tarpon

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  • #554303

    Peter Morse
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    Andy Mills is the Chasing Silver guy, a former champion (Olympic) skier and a champion fly fisherman specialising in tarpon. He has put together a book that is destined to be one of the GREAT fly fishing books of all time. Its a 500 page hardback that is so chokkers with information (technical stuff) flies, history, characters, stories and interviews with so many of the GREATS of the sport its difficult to know where to begin. Its not cheap, my copy cost me $150 US including freight but this book is worth every cent and will be considered a classic long before its sold out.

    I ordered mine online from Wild River press.

    Morsie

    #562316

    wespang
    Participant

    Morsie,

    It’s a great book. It’s massive with great photos by Pat Ford.

    I’ve been hounding the publisher for this book. I wanted to get it before my Florida trip.

    It’s a must for any hardcore saltwater flyfisherman. Florida Keys Tarpon is "THE" gamefish. It’s HUGE, it’s sight fishing, it jumps, it’s tough, it’s addictive.

    Andy, we’re not worthy…………….

    Wes

    #562322

    Kelvin Ng
    Member

    Agree with you there Morsie. I reckon it’s worth every cent. Love the pics, love the stories from the greats (Huff, Apte, Pate etc), love the technicality of it all as well. I was tempted to get the signed and numbered version but I reckon this book will get a good work out so thought the better of it.

    Reading Huff’s chapter last night, I so wish I was born earlier and bumming around in Homassasa back in the 60’s.

    #562323

    Peter Morse
    Participant

    I had the opportunity to meet Steve Huff a couple of years ago when he came down to Australia. Unfortunately I was booked to be on CI for the 2 weeks he was going to be here – faaaaaaaark!!! Sage asked me to organise some fishing contacts for him so I put him onto Graeme Williams and Fish Philliskirk who both very graciously took him fishing. Fish and Sue went to the Keys last year and spent a week with Steve Huff and Patti, Fish got himself a 120lb tarpon with Steve, how about that.

    Yep I can’t imagine a better time and place than the Keys in the 60’s.

    I didn’t know there was signed and numbered version, I probably would have bought that. Will just have to go to the Keys and get this one signed!!!!!!

    Morsie

    #562325

    Kelvin Ng
    Member

    It’s amazing these guides in the Keys are fully booked and don’t need to take new clients for decades. I was in the Keys last year and was lucky enough to fish with Rick Ruoff for a day. I had no idea who he was at the beginning of the day, but felt like I had fished with a piece of fly fishing history at the end of the day. He guided me to my 1st decent Tarpon and we had an incredible session for tailing Keys bones. I can’t wait to go back.

    #562326

    Peter Morse
    Participant

    Kelvin the guy I fished with Ray Fetcher was booked out for the next 13 years. If someone died or couldn’t make it that year his other clients away from that slot were offered it if it was better. If you couldn’t make it one year you made sure a mate took your slot, otherwise you lost it. I note in the chapter on Steve Huff that he’s booked out for as long as he’s alive. As his clients die he just reduces the number of days he works.

    It is an amazing place and they are incredible fish.

    Morsie

    #562341

    Matt H
    Participant

    I also met Steve when he was here in Darwin with Graeme. Very gracious man, with great stories to tell. It was a special night for the Darwin Fly Rodders to have him at our meeting.

    Funnily enough he wanted to talk more about permit than tarpon and showed us all the flies he used to give Del Brown.

    #564271

    wespang
    Participant

    Extract

    Tom McGuane: “A Passion For Tarpon”

    [url:161za1wz]http://midcurrent.com/books/tom-mcguane-a-passion-for-tarpon/[/url:161za1wz]

    Thanks to delphin for the heads up.

    Just got my copy back from Duckbill. I’ll have to reread soon, just to get into the summer flats fishing.

    Wes

    #564277

    Dave Bradley
    Participant

    A passion for Tarpon, I couldn’t think of a better title..it becomes an addication that had me there for 9 weeks this year and booked back in for a month next year and the rest of my life.

    I’m lucky enough to know a few of the guides and have my copy signed by a few legends of the sport. The old tales are my fav part.

    Dave

    #564399

    PeterM
    Participant

    Hi Morsie

    I regularly check the Wild River Press website and am on their mailing list because their stuff is awesome! “A Passion for Tarpon” is definitely going to be considered a classic – up there with Kaufmann’s “Bonefishing”. I pre-ordered my copy when they were first announced and love it.

    There was actually a special limited edition for an obscene amount of money personally signed by George W. Bush on offer. I would have paid extra to get a copy not signed by him but thankfully that wasn’t necessary.

    I you like great tarpon fishing books then you should also check out “High Rollers” by Bill Bishop. As good (in its own way) as “A Passion for Tarpon” but without the gorgeous colour plates. This is available from Amazon.

    From Wild River Press I can also highly recommend their earlier title, “A Passion for Steelhead” by Dec Hogan and their newer title, “Atlantic Salmon Magic” by Topher Browne. Both a great reads and very high quality productions.

    Peter Mahoney

    #564403

    Peter Morse
    Participant

    Pete I have High Rollers but will check out the other two as well.

    Thanks.

    #564405

    wespang
    Participant

    If you are passionate about Tarpon, there’s also Tarpon on Fly by Donald Larmouth and Rob Fordyce also from Wild River.

    [url:2y7amkg8]http://www.wildriverpress.com/Tarpon-on-Fly-by-Donald-Larmouth-and-Rob-Fordyce.html[/url:2y7amkg8]

    A little dated now, but a welcome addition to any Poon Lover library.

    These 3 books and the "Chasing Silver" DVD trilogy.

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    #564412

    Peter Morse
    Participant

    Got ’em Wes, I read up as much as I could on the buggers before I went over, still can’t prepare you enough for them.

    Morsie

    #564418

    wespang
    Participant
    quote Morsie:

    Got ’em Wes, I read up as much as I could on the buggers before I went over, still can’t prepare you enough for them.

    Morsie

    Peter,

    Nothing prepares you for them.

    The DVDs make it looks so easy too. They don’t show the hours spent standing on the bow of the skiff.

    Nothing prepares you for a string of 50 100lbers swimming straight at you, or the disappointment, when they all ignore your fly.

    Wes

    #564923

    wespang
    Participant

    Another extract.

    My hero Stu Apte – FISHING LEGEND, pioneer of the Saltwater Flyfsihing.

    [url:1xg9ogls]http://midcurrent.com/books/stu-apte-a-passion-for-tarpon/[/url:1xg9ogls]

    Ste has his own book – "Of Wind and Tides"

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