Flyrodding Florida Salt

Flyrodding Florida Salt- How and Where to Catch Saltwater Fish on Flies in the Sunshine State

Flyrodding Florida SaltCompletely revised and updated, by Capt. John Kumiski.

The Guidebook to Fly Fishing Florida’s Coastline!

Do you like fumbling around when fishing new areas, wasting valuable fishing time trying to fit all the pieces together so you can find and catch fish? In its 240 pages Flyrodding Florida Salt contains all the information you need to easily find and catch fish almost anywhere along the lengthy Florida coastline. The book has three main sections:

-the first solves the problem of “how-to” by explaining what tackle to use, which techniques to try, and what types of fish you can expect to catch.

-the second solves the “where-to” problem by featuring interviews with dozens of Florida’s top fly fishing guides, including Tim Borski, Jeffrey Cardenas, Rick Grassett, Steve Huff, Rick Murphy, Flip Pallot, Jose Wejebe, and dozens more. In these pages they reveal their favorite spots and how to fish them, including many of their most closely guarded secrets.

-the third solves the “with what?” problem, and features detailed instructions on how to tie up a selection of flies guaranteed to work in Florida waters.

The original edition of this book sold thousands of copies and received the highest critical acclaim. This new revision is even better, completely updated with expanded coverage. If you use this book you will catch more fish!

What other fly fishers are saying about this book:

Flyrodding Florida Salt is a book that every fly fisherman who enjoys the waters of Florida should own- and study. It is the most complete reference book you could buy concerning tackle, where to go, and how to fish throughout the state.”    -Lefty Kreh

“The best part of Flyrodding Florida Salt is the extensive where-to-go section that blankets the coast by area with not only tips on specific fishing spots, but areas for wading, boat fishing, best flies and techniques, access, local fly shops, guides, and other attractions and accommodations. For any saltwater fly rodder living in Florida or going there sometime, this practical guide is a must-read.”   -C. Boyd Pfeiffer

Flyrodding Florida Salt- How and Where to Catch Saltwater Fish on Flies in the Sunshine State,  by Capt. John Kumiski. Argonaut Publishing Company, 2005; 8.5 x 11″, 240 pp., paperback, $29.95  


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Don’t take our word for it. Read the reviews and letters below!

A Review of: Flyrodding Florida Salt, by Capt. Tommy Thompson

John Kumiski’s 1995 edition of Flyrodding Florida Salt was an immediate success, not only with local anglers, but with visitors to Florida as well. The 2005 edition, subtitled ‘How and Where to Catch Fish on Flies in the Sunshine State’, takes the original book’s basic outline and updates lots of information, such as currently active guides, new tackle, and techniques.

The book is divided into three major sections. The first, dealing with tackle, techniques and Florida fish species is a great primer for those not at home in Florida waters. Aside from discussions of rods and reels, John does a nice job of informing the reader about guides, fishing techniques and basic knots. For example, chapter 3, The Fishes, is a thorough discussion of species, their fly rod potential, the best flies to use and the best locations to fish.

Part Two of the book, Where to Go, is the reason I keep the book in the glove box of my truck. It’s 128 pages of very nicely researched information about all the major fly-fishing areas in the state. A typical subchapter, based on a specific locale, covers specific information such as an overview of the place, opportunities for the do-it-yourself fly fisher, flies and techniques, access to the fishing, fly shops, fly fishing guides, boat rentals, information for wade fishing enthusiasts, State Parks and accommodations. An active kayak and fly-fishing guide, John also goes into detail, when appropriate, about hand-powered boats and their applications.

The final part of the book is Fly Selection for Florida Salt, and will be of value to the angler who’s not fished saltwater in Florida. A list of John’s top ten flies will help any angler complete his tackle kit, and there’s also a good, illustrated section on fly tying techniques.

John finishes his book with a few words about the importance of the CCA (We all should belong!!!) and of taking young people fishing. I think this is a particularly nice gesture by the author; one that’s overlooked by lots of fishing “experts” who just use their books to glorify themselves and their skills. This author is an excellent fisherman and guide, willing to share his knowledge, as well as support the environment and the next generation of anglers.

This is a book for anglers at all skill levels. Fishermen and women new to fly fishing will enjoy the basic information and directions, and seasoned veterans will enjoy John’s anecdotal approach to the sport, as well as the more specific information given by professional guides in many locations in the state.

If AAA were to print a guide to fly fishing in Florida, Kumiski’s book would be it!


Anna Maria Island Sun, Vol. 5 No. 37 – June 1, 2005

Flyrodding Florida Salt– A Review by By Rusty Chinnis, SUN STAFF WRITER

There are a lot of saltwater fly fishers in Florida and even more who travel here regularly to enjoy the rewards of over 2,000 miles of diverse shore line. The myriad bays, creeks, rivers, keys and islands are a dream for anglers in the know, but can be a nightmare for anglers who lack the basic information to create a memorable fly fishing adventure.

Captain John Kumiski, a veteran guide, writer and photographer, first published Flyrodding Florida Salt in 1995. His extensive knowledge of fly fishing techniques, flies, guides, areas to explore and fish were honed from guiding his waters in the Indian River Lagoon, as well as traveling with his two sons and documenting destinations for his many magazine articles. While that book was highly praised by anglers and colleagues alike, it pales in comparison to his updated and completely revised version. In Kumiski’s own words, the new publication teaches anglers “how and where to catch fish on flies in the Sunshine State.”

As a 26 year veteran of Floridaís fishing scene, I can truly say that this book is the most exhaustive and complete treatise on fly fishing Florida’s salt waters that I’ve had the pleasure to review. This is a terrific resource for the first time angler as well as the seasoned pro. While you might not need a review of the tackle available to the modern fly angler, youíll definitely benefit from the varied accounts of an area’s local guides, accommodations and access points for fishing.

The book is laid out in a how to, where to and with what (flies) format that might seem deceptively simple at first. Read carefully, for there is a wealth of information in each section. Section one, “How To,” covers tackle, lines, leader systems, wading, boats, guides, angling techniques and an introduction to Florida’s saltwater fishes. This is the place to start, and neophyte anglers should pay close attention to what is, after all, the foundation of successful fly fishing. The chapter concludes with a discussion of hazards and safety, which should not be overlooked.

I found the section on angling techniques to be particularly informative and suggest that it be read with attention and then re-read. It contains many gems of wisdom gleaned from years of observation on the water.

Section Two, “Where To,” covers Florida’s coastline from Amelia Island, around the Keys, to Pensacola. Here you’ll find the information you need to get started in any particular area of the state. While the book misses a few of the best guides and accommodations in areas I’m familiar with, it does get you started with a suggestion of fly shops, access points for waders and paddlers, and opportunities for Do-it-Yourself fly fishers.

Section Three, “Flies for Florida Salt” takes an in-depth look at the business end of your tackle system. Kumiski begins with sage advice when he councils readers to use the flies they have confidence in. That said, he reviews some of the best flies available for pursuing saltwater gamefish, even venturing to name the “top ten.”

The book ends with an appropriate section entitled “Last Word” in which the author implores readers to take an active role in preserving the resources for this and future generations. Kumiski also asks fellow fly fishers to share their good fortune and experiences with kids, our best and only hope for the future.

Flyrodding Florida Salt deserves a place on every serious fly angler’s bookshelf. I predict that it’s one of those publications that won’t gather dust, only numerous “dog ears.” To purchase a copy contact Kumiski at (407) 977-5207, or email him at


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