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The magnitude of this book alone was enough to stir my interest when I first saw it at a fly show in The Netherlands. The photo on the front page just wet my appetite further, and letting my fingers run through the pages definitely assured me that I needed to get to know this book better. It's drop dead gorgeous as they say in the UK.Author: Randall Kaufmann
Reviewed by Martin Joergensen I wanna go Bonefishing!
And thanks to Randall Kaufmann's gorgeous book I can on paper at least. His book Bonefishing! is a true masterpiece in contemporary fly fishing literature.
The magnitude of this book alone was enough to stir my interest when I first saw it at a fly show in The Netherlands. The photo on the front page just wet my appetite further, and letting my fingers run through the pages definitely assured me that I needed to get to know this book better. It's drop dead gorgeous as they say in the UK.
Now, people who know me know that my salt water fishing is a far cry from the tropical fishing, which is covered in this book. Actually my warmest fishing days are probably colder than the coldest fishing day in any of the locations covered in this volume.
But that has not hindered me in being overly eager to read it from cover to cover. And that is quite a feat. The book is large format and the last page number is 415.
Every page is a feast in the bluest skies, the clearest waters, the whitest beaches and the shiniest bonefish you can imagine. The visual qualities are unsurpassed, and once the pictures have enticed you, you start reading.
After this comes an equally fascinating coverage of all bonefish locations from Bahamas to Yucatan. Twelve major areas all together. Each area described with respect to fishing conditions, travelling, accommodation, guiding and much more. The high seasons are pointed out and every spot and characteristic seems to be illustrated with a photo and the ambience is supported with beautiful paintings.
When I inquired Randall Kaufmann about the book, he replied: 'It was a project that took on a life of its own. It just didn't want to end and Brian kept the photos coming'.
And true, Brian O'Keefe must have kept those photos coming! They are of an exquisite quality. The best shots and angles, the best composition and exposure and luxuriously reproduced. The lay outer has used this raw material to the utmost. Her name is Joyce Sherman, by the way, and she deserves credit as well as the three gentlemen.
At first they steal the picture if you will excuse the term. But after having stared yourself blue in the face and read only captions, you start drifting off into the body text. And if things weren't already on a high roll, the text appears to be equally good and will seduce your like the pictures have done when you first start reading.
Kaufmann has surpassed himself as a writer and produced a book, which I cannot recommend enough. As I said: I have never been there, but might go some day. Until then this book will be located close to my bed, on my coffee table and next to my tying bench, within easy reach. I have shown it to all my guests since I got it, and every single one will leaf through it in awe fishers and non-fishers alike.
Ultra global class!
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