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Fly Rodding the Coast
Author: Ed Mitchell
Reviewed by Martin Joergensen No doubt that Ed Mitchell is an authority on coastal fishing. Judging from his book titles alone makes him one of the top experts on the subject.
His 2002 title "Fly Rodding the Coast" is a large volume on the art of fishing from the shoreline. It covers close to all aspects of this type of fishing with the limitations that is forced by the fact that he concentrates on US shores and striped bass.
As many of the visitors on this site knows, I am personally an avid shoreline fisherman, but what you might not know is that I only fished for stripers on a few occasions. My day-to-day shoreline fishing concentrates on totally different species, and Mitchell's ways are not always applicable on my own fishing.
That does not mean that there is nothing to learn in this book.
Mitchell covers about every aspect of the coastal fishing worth mentioning from reading the water over baitfish and flies to fly casting and fighting the quarry.
This said I still find the overall book well worth its price tag. 20 dollars is not much for a book these days. I actually wish that the publishers had cut off a fourth of the content, added colour to the pages now marred by simple (but good) B/W drawings and small B/W photos. We have entered the age of colour and a modern book should be printed in colour.
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